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Teams of the WHL/PCHL


The Teams of the Old WHL

Brandon Regals, Saskatoon-St. Paul Regals

Brandon 1956

Origin

An expansion team for the 55/56 season.

Seasons in League

2 (55/56 -56/57)

Fate

Monved to Saskatoon and St. Paul where they played a split home schedule between the two cities


Calgary Stampeders

Calgary 1963

Origin

Expansion team for the 51/52 season

Seasons in League

12 (51/52 - 62/63)

Fate

Folded after the 62/63 season due to economic presure

President

60-63 Merv (Red) Dutton (owner)

GM

61-63 Lloyd Turner

Coach

51-52 Tommy Anderson replaced by Hank Blade
60-61 Gus Kyle
61-62 Alf Pike
62-63 Alf Pike (13-33-1) replaced by Fred Hucul on Feb. 1 when Pike took over a front


Denver Invaders

Denver 1963

Origin

Moved from Spokane in 1963

Seasons in League

1 (63/64)

Fate

Moved to Victoria to become the Maple Leafs


Denver Spurs

Denver 1967

Origin

Expansion team for the 68-69 season.

Seasons in League

5 (69/70 - 73/74)

Fate

With the folding of the WHL in 1974, the Spurs joined the CHL where they played for one season. The Spurs' name was used by a WHA franchise.

President

68-70 Timothy Collins
70-71 Bennett King
71-72 Sid Solomn Jr.
72-74 Ivan L. Mullenix

GM/Coach

68-69 Rudy Pilous
69-70 Rudy Pilous replaced by Bill Dineen on Feb
70-71 Rudy Pilous/Bill Dineen
71-72 Bill McCreary (7-1-0) replaced by Jean Guy Talbot (37-19-8) Nov. 1
72-74 Bob McCord


Edmonton Flyers

Edmonton Flyers 1963

Origin

Expansion team for the 51/52 season

Seasons in League

12 (51/52 - 62/63)

Fate

Folded in 1963

GM

60-62 Bud Polie
62-63 Charlie 'Chuck' Rayner

Coaches

51-52 Frank Currie replaced by Doug McCaig
60-61 Bud Polie and Jim 'Bud' MacPherson
61-62 Bud Polie
62-63 Charlie 'Chuck' Rayner


Fresno Falcons

Origin

Expansion team of the semi pro PCHL. Original professional PCHL team.

Seasons in League

4 (46/47 - 49/50)

Fate

Left the league with the rest of the California teams in 1950 due to climbing travel costs.

President

48-49 Fred Bergin
49-50 David S. Davis

GM/Coach

48-49 Bob Gracie
49-50 Bob Gracie/Hec Pozzo replaced by Bob Gracie


Hollywood Wolves

Origin

Original semi-pro PCHL team. Only played in the semi-pro PCHL.

Seasons in League

3 (44/45 - 46/47)

Fate

Left when the league turned pro in 1948


Los Angeles Blades

LA Blades 1963

Origin

Moved from Victoria (Cougars) in 1961.

Seasons in League

6 (61/62 - 66/67)

Fate

Folded in 1967 to make way for the LA Kings

Owners

61-62 Jim Pigott & Dan Reeves

GM

61-63 Jack Geyer
66-67 Fernie Flaman

Coach

61-62 George Agar
62-63 John 'Jack' Bownass
66-67 Fernie Flaman


Los Angeles Monarchs

Origin

Original semi-pro and pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

6 (44/45 - 49/50)

Fate

Left the league with the rest of the California teams in 1950 due to climbing travel costs.

President

48-50 Charles Cord

GM/Coach

48-50 William McLaughlin/Wilbert 'Dutch' Hiller


New Westminster Royals

New Westminster Royals 1956

Origin

Joined the semi-pro league in 1945. Original pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

14 (45/46 - 58/59)

Fate

Left the league in 1959 due to financial problems. Most of the personel were usedin Victoria for the 59/60 season and became the Portland Buckaroos in the 60/61 season.

President

48-51 Ken McKenzie

GM

48-49 Alex Shibicky
49-50 Ken McKenzie
50-51 --

Coach

48-49 Alex Shibicky
49-51 Walter 'Babe' Pratt
51-52 Jake Forbes


Oakland Oaks

Origin

Original semi-pro PCHL team. Original pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

6 (44/45 - 49/50)

Fate

Folded partway through the 49/50 season. (Dec 14, 1949)

President

48-50 Edward W. Shore, Jr.

GM/Coach

48-49 Tony Hemmerling
49-50 Jack Butterfield/Tom Fowler


Pasadena Panthers

Origin

Original semi-pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

1 (44/45)

Fate

Left league after the 44/45 season


Phoenix Roadrunners

Phoenix RR 1969

Origin

Moved from Victoria (Maple Leafs) in 1967.

Seasons in League

7 (67/68 - 73/74)

Fate

The Roadrunners competed in the WHA using essentially the same team from the previous year

President

67-71 Bob Whitlow
71-72 Jim Wells
72-74 Jim Wells

GM

70-71 Bob Whitlow
72-74 Jim Wells

Coach

67-69 Alf Pike
69-70 Alf Pike replaced by Alex 'Sandy' Hucul on Feb.
70-72 Aut Erickson
72-74 Sandy Hucul


Portland Eagles

Origin

Original semi-pro and pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

6 (44/45-51/52)

Fate

Left the league in 1952 due to finacial problems and an areana that was falling apart

President

48-51 Oscar Johnson

GM/Coach

48-50 Harry Shipstead/Jimmy Ward
50-51 Tony Hemmerling
 


Portland Buckaroos

Portland Buckaroos

Origin

Expansion tem for the 60/61 season. Made up largely of New Westminster Royal personel.

Seasons in League

14 (60/61 - 73/74)

Fate

Played the 74/75 season in the WIHL with many of the same players, the team died after that

President

60-62 Al Forman
62-63 Harry Glickman
67-72 Harry Glickman
72-73 Owned by the WHL/Operated by Los Angeles NHL
73-74 Owned by the Los Angeles Kings

GM

61-62 Harry Glickman
62-63 Hal Laycoe
66-67 Hal Laycoe
67-68 Harry Glickman
68-69 Hal Laycoe
69-70 Harry Glickman
70-72 Gord Fashoway
72-74 Larry Regan

Coach

60-62 Hal Laycoe
66-69 Hal Laycoe
69-72 Gord Fashoway
72-74 Ron Stewart


Salt Lake Golden Eagles

Salt LakeSalt Lake

Origin

Expansion team for the 69/70 season

Seasons in League

5 (69/70 - 73/74)

Fate

Went on to play in the CHL and later the IHL. Team was sold to a Detroit organization in 1994.

President

69-72 Dan Meyer (died Jan 25)
72-74 Charles O. Finley

GM/Coach

69-70 Ray Kinasewich
70-71 Gus Bodnar
71-74 Al Rollins


San Diego Gulls

San Diego 1967

Origin

Expansion team in 1966.

Seasons in League

8 (66/67 - 73/74)

Fate

Left the league in 1974 to make way for the WHA San Diego Mariners. Teams in the IHL and WCHL have used the Gulls' name.

Owner

66-74 Bob Breitbard

GM/Coach

66-73 Max McNab
73-74 Max McNab/Jack Evans


San Diego Skyhawks

Origin

Original semi-pro and pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

5 (44/45 - 49/50)

Fate

Left the league with the rest of the California teams in 1950 due to climbing travel costs.

President

48-49 L.M. Jacobs (Vice-President)
49-50 Arthur J. Chapman

GM/Coach

48-49 Rudy Pilous (bench coach)/Morden Skinner (player coach)
49-50 Len Fogassey/Morden Skinner


San Francisco Seals

SF 1963

Origin

Expansion team in 1961

Seasons in League

6 (61/62 - 66/67)

Fate

Left the league to make way for the California Seals of the NHL

President

61-63 Coley Hall (owner)

GM

61-62 Joseph Allen
62-63 Norman 'Bud' Poile
66-67 Rudy Pilous replaced by Charlie Burns

Coach

61-62 Max McNabb
62-63 Norman 'Bud' Poile
66-67 Rudy Pilous (10-11-6) replaced by Charlie Burns (22-19-4) Dec.19


San Francisco Shamrocks

Origin

Original semi-pro and pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

6 (44/45 - 49/50)

Fate

Left the league with the rest of the California teams in 1950 due to climbing travel costs.

President

49-50 Philip S. Ehrlich

Coach

48-49 /Les Cunnigham
49-50 George J. Campbell/Tonny Hemmerling


Saskatoon Quakers

Saskatoon 1956

Origin

Expansion team in 1951.

Seasons in League

5 (51/52 - 55/56; 58/59)

Fate

Left league in 1956

Coach

51-52 Bill Cook replaced by Frank Eddolls then by Doug Bentley


Saskatoon Quakers

Origin

Rejoined the league for one season in 58/59

Seasons in League

1 (58/59)

Fate

Left league in 1959


Saskatoon/St.Paul Regals

Origin

Moved from Brandon

Seasons in League

1 (57/58)

Fate

The experiment of splitting a team between two cities didn't work.


Seattle Americans

Seattle 1956

Origin

Team was renamed for the 55/56 season from the Seattle Bombers. The Bombers gained permission to leave the league for a year in 1954.

Seasons in League

2 (55/56 - 56/57)

Fate

Changed name to the Seattle Totems in 1957


Seattle Bombers

Origin

Team name was changed from the Seattle Ironmen

Seasons in League

1 (53/54)

Fate

Left the league for a year to catch up on their bills. Came back in 1955 as the Seattle Americans


Seattle Ironmen

Origin

Team started in the 1943/44 Northest International Hockey League and was owned by Isaaacson Ironworks. Origional semi-pro and pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

7 (44/45-52/53)

Fate

Canged name in 1953 to the Seattle Bombers.

President

48-51 Frank Dotten

GM/Coach

48-49 Dave Downie
49-50 Frank Dotton/Dave Downie replaced by Frank Dotton
60/61: Keith Allen

Coach

50-51 Dan Sprout replaced by Frank Dotten
51-52 Tony Hemmerling replaced by Danny Sprout


Seattle Stars

Origin

Probably came from the Seattle Airmen of the northwest International Hockey League. The Airmen were owned by Boeing. Original semi-pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

1 (44/45)

Fate

Left the league afetr a year.


Seattle Totems

Seattle 1963Seattle 1967

Origin

Renamed from the Seattle Americans in 1957.

Seasons in League

(17) 57/58 - 73/74

Fate

competed as the Seattle Totems of the Central Hockey League for 1 year in 74/75

President

68-69 Eugene Walby
69-72 Vince Abbey (taken over by NHL Vancouver Jan 72)
72-74 Thomas K. Scallen

GM

59-62 Keith Allen
66-67 Bill MacFarland
67-68 Murray Costello
68-71 Bill MacFarland
71-72 Murray Costello
72-74  Phil Maloney

Coach

59-63 Keith Allen
66-70 Bill MacFarland
70-71 Larry Popien
71-72 Chuck Holmes
72-74  Phil Maloney


Spokane Comets

Spokane 1963

Origin

Expansion team

Seasons in League

5 (58/59 - 62/63)

Fate

became the Denver Invaders in 1963

President

60-62 Mel Smith

GM

59-63 Roy McBride

Coach

59-60 Joe Crozier replaced by Roy McBride
60-61 Colin Kilburn
61-62 Roy McBride (assistant Colin Kilburn)
62-63 Roy McBride


Tacoma Rockets

Origin

Expansion semi-pro PCHL team. Original pro PCHL team

Seasons in League

7 (46/47 - 52/53)

Fate

Left league in 1953. Name used by a WHL (major junior) club who now play in Kelowna, BC

President

48-51 Sam Bergesen

GM/Coach

48-52 Muzz Patrick


Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver

Origin

Semi-pro PCHL expansion team in 1945. Original pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

25 (45/46 - 69/70)

Fate

Made way for the NHL team using the same name in 1970.

President

48-61 Coleman E. Hall
62-63 Fred Hulme (owner)
68-69 Cyrus McLean
69-70 Cyrus McLean replaced by Thomas K. Scallen

GM

48-49 Bill Cowley
49-50 Coleman E. Hall
50-51 --
60-61 Coley Hall
61-62 Art Chapman (temp); Dave Dauphine (after Nov.)
62-63 Max McNabb
67-68 Annis Stukus
68-69 Joe Crozier
69-70 Joe Crozier replaced by Bud Poile

Coach

48-49 Bill Cowley
49-50 Bill Carse
50-51 Bill Carse replaced by Murph Chamberlain
51-52 Murph Chamberlain replaced by Hugh Currie then by Joe Carveth
59-61 Art Chapman
61-62 Phil Maloney (11-35-3); was replaced by Hugh Currie (7-13-1) (Feb 7)
62-63 Max McNabb
66-67 Bert Olmstead
67-68 Jim Gregory
68-69 Joe Crozier
69-70 Joe Crozier replaced by Hal Laycoe


Vancouver (Wash.) Vanguards

Origin

Original semi-pro PCHL team.

Seasons in League

1 (44/45)

Fate

Left league in 1945


Victoria Cougars

Victoria 1956

Origin

Expansion team for the 49/50 season.

Seasons in League

12 (49/50 - 60/61)

Fate

Moved to Los Angeles to become the blades.

President

49-51 Lester Patrick
59-61 Jim Piggott (owner)

GM

49-51 Fred P. Hutchinson
59-60 Hal Laycoe

Coach

49-50 Eddie Wares
50-52 Roger Leger
59-60 Hal Laycoe
60-61 George Agar


Victoria Maple Leafs

Origin

Moved from Denver in 1964

Seasons in League

3 (64/65 - 66/67)

Fate

Move to Phoenix (Roadrunners) in 1967

GM

66-67 Buck Houle

Coach

66-67 Frank Mario


Winnepeg Warriors

Winnipeg 1956

Origin

Expansion team in 1955

Seasons in League

6 (55/56 - 60/61)

Fate

Left league in 1961 due to financial problems related to their long traveling distances. Name used by the Major Junior (WCHL/WHL) team in this city, the Warriors now play in Moose Jaw, Sas.

GMs

60/61: Jack Perrin

Coaches:

60/61: Bill Robinson

 


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