2016–17 WHL season

The 2016–17 WHL season is the 51st season of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The regular season began on September 23, 2016 and ended on March 19, 2017.

The playoffs began shortly after the end of the regular season on March 24, 2017, and ended on May 14, 2017; the winning team, the Seattle Thunderbirds, were awarded the Ed Chynoweth Cup and a berth in the 2017 Memorial Cup that was held at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario from May 19–28, 2017.

The Prince George Cougars won their first BC Division banner.

2016–17 WHL season
League Western Hockey League
Sport Hockey
Duration Regular season
September 23, 2016 – March 19, 2017
Playoffs
March 24, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Number of teams 22
TV partner(s) Shaw TV
Rogers Sportsnet
This TV
2016–17 CHL seasons
League Canadian Hockey League
Sport Hockey
Duration OHL
September 2016 – March 2017
QMJHL
September 2016 – March 2017
WHL
September 2016 – March 2017
Number of teams 60
TV partner(s) TVA Sports
Rogers Sportsnet
Rogers TV
Shaw TV

Standings

Updated to game(s) played on March 19, 2017. Source: Western Hockey League

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points; x = clinched playoff berth; y = clinched division title; z = clinched conference title

Top 3 (East Division)[1]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Regina Pats xyz 72 52 12 7 1 353 211 112
2 Moose Jaw Warriors x 72 42 21 8 1 255 219 93
3 Swift Current Broncos x 72 39 23 4 6 247 239 88
Top 3 (Central Division)[1]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Medicine Hat Tigers xy 72 51 20 1 0 350 248 103
2 Lethbridge Hurricanes x 72 44 21 4 3 280 253 95
3 Red Deer Rebels x 72 30 29 9 4 239 258 73
Eastern Conference Wild Card[1]
Pos Div (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 EA Brandon Wheat Kings x 72 31 31 7 3 225 247 72
2 CE Calgary Hitmen x 72 30 32 8 2 215 282 70
3 EA Saskatoon Blades 72 28 35 7 2 190 248 65
4 CE Edmonton Oil Kings 72 23 43 5 1 193 292 52
5 EA Prince Albert Raiders 72 21 44 5 2 198 283 49
6 CE Kootenay Ice 72 14 46 10 2 177 335 40
Top 3 (B.C. Division)[1]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Prince George Cougars xy 72 45 21 3 3 253 201 96
2 Kelowna Rockets x 72 45 22 5 0 283 206 95
3 Kamloops Blazers x 72 42 24 2 4 243 198 90
Top 3 (U.S. Division)[1]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Everett Silvertips xy 72 44 16 9 3 229 169 100
2 Seattle Thunderbirds x 72 46 20 4 2 253 206 98
3 Tri-City Americans x 72 41 28 3 0 272 252 85
Western Conference Wild Card[1]
Pos Div (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 U.S. Portland Winterhawks x 72 40 28 1 3 278 256 84
2 B.C. Victoria Royals x 72 37 29 5 1 239 219 80
3 U.S. Spokane Chiefs 72 27 33 8 4 235 272 66
4 B.C. Vancouver Giants 72 20 46 3 3 183 296 46

Statistical leaders

Scoring leaders

Players are listed by points, then goals.[2]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts. = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Sam Steel Regina Pats 66 50 81 131 40
Adam Brooks Regina Pats 66 43 87 130 61
Tyler Wong Lethbridge Hurricanes 69 51 58 109 53
Chad Butcher Medicine Hat Tigers 68 27 76 103 75
Jayden Halbgewachs Moose Jaw Warriors 71 50 51 101 27
Kailer Yamamoto Spokane Chiefs 65 42 57 99 46
Cody Glass Portland Winterhawks 69 32 62 94 36
Mason Shaw Medicine Hat Tigers 71 27 67 94 57
Tyler Steenbergen Swift Current Broncos 72 51 39 90 22
Matthew Phillips Victoria Royals 70 50 40 90 50

Goaltenders

These are the goaltenders that lead the league in GAA that have played at least 1800 minutes.[3]

Note: GP = Games played; Mins = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; SOL = Shootout Losses; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; Sv% = Save percentage

Player Team GP Mins W L OTL SOL SO GAA Sv%
Carter Hart Everett Silvertips 54 3078 32 11 6 2 9 1.99 .927
Connor Ingram Kamloops Blazers 45 2577 26 14 2 2 5 2.44 .927
Ty Edmonds Prince George Cougars 53 3092 31 16 2 3 1 2.48 .916
Tyler Brown Regina Pats 50 2885 33 8 5 1 5 2.64 .911
Rylan Toth Seattle Thunderbirds 58 3274 36 18 2 1 1 2.75 .902

2017 WHL playoffs

Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals WHL Championship
                       
E1 Regina 4
W2 Calgary 0
E1 Regina 4
E3 Swift Current 3
E2 Moose Jaw 3
E3 Swift Current 4
E1 Regina 4
Eastern
C2 Lethbridge 2
C1 Medicine Hat 4
W1 Brandon 0
C1 Medicine Hat 3
C2 Lethbridge 4
C2 Lethbridge 4
C3 Red Deer 3
E1 Regina 2
U2 Seattle 4
U1 Everett 4
W2 Victoria 2
U1 Everett 0
U2 Seattle 4
U2 Seattle 4
U3 Tri-City 0
U2 Seattle 4
Western
B2 Kelowna 2
B2 Kelowna 4
B3 Kamloops 2
B2 Kelowna 4
W1 Portland 1
B1 Prince George 2
W1 Portland 4

Conference Quarter-finals

Eastern Conference

(E1) Regina Pats vs. (W2) Calgary Hitmen

March 24 Regina Pats 5 – 2 Calgary Hitmen Brandt Centre Recap
March 25 Regina Pats 5 – 1 Calgary Hitmen Brandt Centre Recap
March 28 Calgary Hitmen 2 – 5 Regina Pats Scotiabank Saddledome Recap
March 30 Calgary Hitmen 1 – 5 Regina Pats Scotiabank Saddledome Recap
Regina wins series 4 – 0


(E2) Moose Jaw Warriors vs. (E3) Swift Current Broncos

March 24 Moose Jaw Warriors 0 – 2 Swift Current Broncos Mosaic Place Recap
March 25 Moose Jaw Warriors 3 – 2 Swift Current Broncos Mosaic Place Recap
March 28 Swift Current Broncos 3 – 4 Moose Jaw Warriors Credit Union iPlex Recap
March 29 Swift Current Broncos 5 – 2 Moose Jaw Warriors Credit Union iPlex Recap
March 31 Moose Jaw Warriors 1 – 2 Swift Current Broncos Mosaic Place Recap
April 1 Swift Current Broncos 2 – 3 Moose Jaw Warriors Credit Union iPlex Recap
April 3 Moose Jaw Warriors 2 – 3 Swift Current Broncos Mosaic Place Recap
Swift Current wins series 4 – 3


(C1) Medicine Hat Tigers vs. (W1) Brandon Wheat Kings

March 24 Medicine Hat Tigers 7 – 2 Brandon Wheat Kings Canalta Centre Recap
March 25 Medicine Hat Tigers 5 – 3 Brandon Wheat Kings Canalta Centre Recap
March 28* Brandon Wheat Kings 2 – 6 Medicine Hat Tigers Credit Union Place Recap
March 29* Brandon Wheat Kings 2 – 3 Medicine Hat Tigers Credit Union Place Recap
Medicine Hat wins series 4 – 0

* Note: Games 3 and 4 were played at Credit Union Place in Dauphin due to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair taking place at the Keystone Centre from March 27 to April 1.

(C2) Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. (C3) Red Deer Rebels

March 25 Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 – 4 Red Deer Rebels ENMAX Centre Recap
March 26 Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 – 2 Red Deer Rebels ENMAX Centre Recap
March 29 Red Deer Rebels 4 – 3 2OT Lethbridge Hurricanes ENMAX Centrium Recap
March 30 Red Deer Rebels 5 – 3 Lethbridge Hurricanes ENMAX Centrium Recap
April 1 Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 – 3 Red Deer Rebels ENMAX Centre Recap
April 2 Red Deer Rebels 1 – 4 Lethbridge Hurricanes ENMAX Centrium Recap
April 4 Lethbridge Hurricanes 6 – 2 Red Deer Rebels ENMAX Centre Recap
Lethbridge wins series 4 – 3


Western Conference

(U1) Everett Silvertips vs. (W2) Victoria Royals

March 24 Everett Silvertips 4 – 2 Victoria Royals Xfinity Arena Recap
March 25 Everett Silvertips 3 – 4 Victoria Royals Xfinity Arena Recap
March 28 Victoria Royals 0 – 2 Everett Silvertips Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
March 29 Victoria Royals 2 – 1 Everett Silvertips Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
March 31 Everett Silvertips 3 – 2 OT Victoria Royals Xfinity Arena Recap
April 2 Victoria Royals 2 – 3 5OT Everett Silvertips Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
Everett wins series 4 – 2


(U2) Seattle Thunderbirds vs. (U3) Tri-City Americans

March 24 Seattle Thunderbirds 4 – 2 Tri-City Americans ShoWare Center Recap
March 25 Seattle Thunderbirds 5 – 2 Tri-City Americans ShoWare Center Recap
March 29 Tri-City Americans 2 – 9 Seattle Thunderbirds Toyota Center Recap
March 31 Tri-City Americans 2 – 5 Seattle Thunderbirds Toyota Center Recap
Seattle wins series 4 – 0


(B1) Prince George Cougars vs. (W1) Portland Winterhawks

March 24 Prince George Cougars 2 – 4 Portland Winterhawks CN Centre Recap
March 26 Prince George Cougars 5 – 1 Portland Winterhawks CN Centre Recap
March 29 Portland Winterhawks 1 – 6 Prince George Cougars Veterans Memorial Coliseum Recap
March 30 Portland Winterhawks 5 – 4 Prince George Cougars Veterans Memorial Coliseum Recap
April 1 Prince George Cougars 3 – 5 Portland Winterhawks CN Centre Recap
April 3 Portland Winterhawks 4 – 2 Prince George Cougars Veterans Memorial Coliseum Recap
Portland wins series 4 – 2


(B2) Kelowna Rockets vs. (B3) Kamloops Blazers

March 24 Kelowna Rockets 4 – 0 Kamloops Blazers Prospera Place Recap
March 25 Kelowna Rockets 3 – 2 Kamloops Blazers Prospera Place Recap
March 28 Kamloops Blazers 4 – 1 Kelowna Rockets Sandman Centre Recap
March 29 Kamloops Blazers 0 – 1 Kelowna Rockets Sandman Centre Recap
March 31 Kelowna Rockets 1 – 4 Kamloops Blazers Prospera Place Recap
April 2 Kamloops Blazers 2 – 4 Kelowna Rockets Sandman Centre Recap
Kelowna wins series 4 – 2


Conference Semi-finals

Eastern Conference

(E1) Regina Pats vs. (E3) Swift Current Broncos

April 6 Regina Pats 1 – 2 OT Swift Current Broncos Brandt Centre Recap
April 7 Regina Pats 6 – 2 Swift Current Broncos Brandt Centre Recap
April 10 Swift Current Broncos 2 – 1 OT Regina Pats Credit Union iPlex Recap
April 11 Swift Current Broncos 5 – 4 3OT Regina Pats Credit Union iPlex Recap
April 14 Regina Pats 3 – 2 Swift Current Broncos Brandt Centre Recap
April 15 Swift Current Broncos 3 – 5 Regina Pats Credit Union iPlex Recap
April 17 Regina Pats 5 – 1 Swift Current Broncos Brandt Centre Recap
Regina wins series 4 – 3


(C1) Medicine Hat Tigers vs. (C2) Lethbridge Hurricanes

April 7 Medicine Hat Tigers 4 – 0 Lethbridge Hurricanes Canalta Centre Recap
April 8 Medicine Hat Tigers 4 – 7 Lethbridge Hurricanes Canalta Centre Recap
April 11 Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 – 2 Medicine Hat Tigers ENMAX Centre Recap
April 12 Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 – 3 OT Medicine Hat Tigers ENMAX Centre Recap
April 14 Medicine Hat Tigers 4 – 5 Lethbridge Hurricanes Canalta Centre Recap
April 16 Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 – 5 Medicine Hat Tigers ENMAX Centre Recap
April 18 Medicine Hat Tigers 4 – 5 OT Lethbridge Hurricanes Canalta Centre Recap
Lethbridge wins series 4 – 3


Western Conference

(U1) Everett Silvertips vs. (U2) Seattle Thunderbirds

April 7 Everett Silvertips 2 – 3 Seattle Thunderbirds Xfinity Arena Recap
April 8 Everett Silvertips 3 – 4 Seattle Thunderbirds Xfinity Arena Recap
April 11 Seattle Thunderbirds 5 – 4 OT Everett Silvertips ShoWare Center Recap
April 14 Seattle Thunderbirds 4 – 1 Everett Silvertips ShoWare Center Recap
Seattle wins series 4 – 0


(B2) Kelowna Rockets vs. (W1) Portland Winterhawks

April 7 Kelowna Rockets 4 – 2 Portland Winterhawks Prospera Place Recap
April 8 Kelowna Rockets 5 – 2 Portland Winterhawks Prospera Place Recap
April 11 Portland Winterhawks 4 – 2 Kelowna Rockets Veterans Memorial Coliseum Recap
April 12 Portland Winterhawks 2 – 7 Kelowna Rockets Veterans Memorial Coliseum Recap
April 14 Kelowna Rockets 6 – 2 Portland Winterhawks Prospera Place Recap
Kelowna wins series 4 – 1


Conference Finals

Eastern Conference

(E1) Regina Pats vs. (C2) Lethbridge Hurricanes

April 21 Regina Pats 1 – 3 Lethbridge Hurricanes Brandt Centre Recap
April 22 Regina Pats 3 – 2 OT Lethbridge Hurricanes Brandt Centre Recap
April 25 Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 – 1 Regina Pats ENMAX Centre Recap
April 26 Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 – 6 Regina Pats ENMAX Centre Recap
April 28 Regina Pats 5 – 3 Lethbridge Hurricanes Brandt Centre Recap
April 30 Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 – 7 Regina Pats ENMAX Centre Recap
Regina wins series 4 – 2


Western Conference

(U2) Seattle Thunderbirds vs. (B2) Kelowna Rockets

April 21 Seattle Thunderbirds 5 – 4 Kelowna Rockets ShoWare Center Recap
April 22 Seattle Thunderbirds 3 – 4 OT Kelowna Rockets ShoWare Center Recap
April 25 Kelowna Rockets 1 – 2 Seattle Thunderbirds Prospera Place Recap
April 26 Kelowna Rockets 4 – 2 Seattle Thunderbirds Prospera Place Recap
April 28 Seattle Thunderbirds 5 – 3 Kelowna Rockets ShoWare Center Recap
April 30 Kelowna Rockets 1 – 3 Seattle Thunderbirds Prospera Place Recap
Seattle wins series 4 – 2


WHL Championship

(E1) Regina Pats vs. (U2) Seattle Thunderbirds

May 5 Regina Pats 1 – 2 OT Seattle Thunderbirds Brandt Centre Recap
May 6 Regina Pats 4 – 3 OT Seattle Thunderbirds Brandt Centre Recap
May 9 Seattle Thunderbirds 2 – 3 Regina Pats ShoWare Center Recap
May 10 Seattle Thunderbirds 6 – 1 Regina Pats ShoWare Center Recap
May 12 Seattle Thunderbirds 7 – 4 Regina Pats ShoWare Center Recap
May 14 Regina Pats 3 – 4 OT Seattle Thunderbirds Brandt Centre Recap
Seattle wins series 4 – 2


Playoff scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Keegan Kolesar Seattle Thunderbirds 19 12 19 31 37
Sam Steel Regina Pats 23 11 19 30 8
Reid Gardiner Kelowna Rockets 17 15 13 28 6
Ethan Bear Seattle Thunderbirds 17 6 20 26 12
Dawson Leedahl Regina Pats 23 12 13 25 34
Mathew Barzal Seattle Thunderbirds 16 7 18 25 16
Giorgio Estephan Lethbridge Hurricanes 18 11 13 24 8
Tyler Wong Lethbridge Hurricanes 20 11 13 24 14
Connor Hobbs Regina Pats 23 6 18 24 22
Egor Babenko Lethbridge Hurricanes 20 10 13 23 14

Playoff leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games Played; Mins = Minutes Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Allowed; SO = Shutouts; SV& = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP Mins W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Griffen Outhouse Victoria Royals 6 458 2 4 16 0 .923 2.10
Connor Ingram Kamloops Blazers 6 357 2 4 13 0 .946 2.18
Carter Hart Everett Silvertips 10 691 4 6 28 1 .908 2.43
Zach Sawchenko Moose Jaw Warriors 7 414 3 4 17 0 .923 2.46
Jordan Papirny Swift Current Broncos 14 896 7 7 37 1 .935 2.48

WHL awards

WHL Champions Ed Chynoweth Cup Seattle Thunderbirds
Regular season Champions Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Regina Pats
Player of the Year Four Broncos Memorial Trophy Sam Steel Regina Pats
Top Scorer Bob Clarke Trophy Sam Steel Regina Pats
Top Defenceman Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy Ethan Bear Seattle Thunderbirds
Rookie of the Year Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy Aleksi Heponiemi Swift Current Broncos
Top Goaltender Del Wilson Trophy Carter Hart Everett Silvertips
Top Plus-Minus Rating WHL Plus-Minus Award Sergey Zborovskiy Regina Pats
Most Sportsmanlike Player Brad Hornung Trophy Tyler Steenbergen Swift Current Broncos
Scholastic Player of the Year Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy Brian King Everett Silvertips
Coach of the Year Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy John Paddock Regina Pats
Executive of the Year Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy John Paddock Regina Pats
Top Official Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy Brett Iverson
Marketing/Public Relations Award St. Clair Group Trophy TBD
Humanitarian of the Year Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy Tyler Wong Lethbridge Hurricanes
WHL Finals Most Valuable Player airBC Trophy Mathew Barzal Seattle Thunderbirds
Alumni Achievement Awards Professional Hockey Achievement
Academic Recipient
TBD

All-Star Teams

Eastern Conference

First Team[4] Pos. Second Team
Player Team Player Team
Zach Sawchenko Moose Jaw Warriors G Logan Flodell Saskatoon Blades
Connor Hobbs Regina Pats D Sergey Zborovskiy Regina Pats
Kale Clague Brandon Wheat Kings D Jake Bean Calgary Hitmen
Sam Steel* Regina Pats F Tyler Steenbergen Swift Current Broncos
Adam Brooks Regina Pats F Jayden Halbgewachs Moose Jaw Warriors
Tyler Wong Lethbridge Hurricanes F Chad Butcher Medicine Hat Tigers

* - unanimous selection

Western Conference

First Team Pos. Second Team
Player Team Player Team
Carter Hart Everett Silvertips G Connor Ingram Kamloops Blazers
Ethan Bear* Seattle Thunderbirds D Parker Wotherspoon Tri-City Americans
Noah Juulsen Everett Silvertips D Juuso Valimaki Tri-City Americans
Mathew Barzal Seattle Thunderbirds F Kailer Yamamoto Spokane Chiefs
Cody Glass Portland Winterhawks F Morgan Geekie Tri-City Americans
Matthew Phillips Victoria Royals F Kole Lind Kelowna Rockets

* - unanimous selection

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "2016–2017 Wild Card Standings". Western Hockey League. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "WHL Regular Season: Scoring leaders". Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  3. ^ WHL Regular Season: Goaltending leaders. Retrieved on 2014-10-18.
  4. ^ WHL Announces 2016-17 Conference All-Star teams

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