1995–96 WHL season

The 1995–96 WHL season was the 30th season for the Western Hockey League (WHL). Seventeen teams completed a 72-game season. The Brandon Wheat Kings won the President's Cup.

League notes

  • The Calgary Hitmen joined the WHL as its 17th franchise, playing in the Central division.
  • The Tacoma Rockets relocated to Kelowna, British Columbia to become the Kelowna Rockets.
  • The WHL divided into three divisions: The East and Central divisions formed the Eastern Conference, and consisted of five teams per division. The West division was made up of the seven B.C. and U.S.-based teams.
  • The playoff format was changed so that the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference and the top six in the West division qualified. The 14 playoff qualifiers all played best-of-seven series in the first round. The East semifinals were best-of-seven affairs, while the highest remaining seed in the West earned a bye. The remaining two West teams played a best of five series. Conference and League final series were best of seven.

Regular season

Final standings

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

1996 WHL Playoffs

First RoundDivision Semi-FinalsDivision FinalsWHL Championship
            
E1Brandon4
E4Saskatoon0
E1Brandon4
C4Red Deer0
C1Swift Current2
C4Red Deer4
E1Brandon4
E2Prince Albert2
E2Prince Albert4
C3Medicine Hat1
E2Prince Albert4
E3Regina3
E3Regina4
C2Lethbridge0
E1Brandon4
W1Spokane1
W1Spokane4
W6Portland3
W1Spokanebye
 
W1Spokane4
W2Kamloops2
W2Kamloops4
W5Seattle1
W2Kamloops3
W3Tri-City2
W3Tri-City4
W4Kelowna2

All-Star game

On January 23, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 10–7 at Prince George, British Columbia before a crowd of 5,992.

Awards

Player of the Year - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: Jarome Iginla, Kamloops Blazers
Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Bryce Salvador, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Mark Deyell, Saskatoon Blades
Most Sportsmanlike Player - Brad Hornung Trophy: Hnat Domenichelli, Kamloops Blazers
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Nolan Baumgartner, Kamloops Blazers
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Chris Phillips, Prince Albert Raiders
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: David Lemamowicz, Spokane Chiefs
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Bob Lowes, Brandon Wheat Kings
Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy: Tim Speltz, Spokane Chiefs
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Brandon Wheat Kings
Top Official - Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy: Lonnie Cameron
Marketing/Public Relations Award - St. Clair Group Trophy: Dave Pier, Spokane Chiefs
Humanitarian of the Year - Darryl Laplante, Moose Jaw Warriors
WHL Plus-Minus Award: Hugh Hamilton, Spokane Chiefs
Playoff Most Valuable Player - airBC Trophy: Bobby Brown, Brandon Wheat Kings

See also

References

Uses material from the Wikipedia article 1995–96 WHL season, released under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.