2015–16 WHL season

Last updated on 25 April 2017

The 2015–16 WHL season was the 50th season of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The regular season began on September 24, 2015 and ended with the Eastern Conference tiebreaker game on March 22, 2016.

The playoffs began shortly after the end of the regular season on March 24, 2016, and ended on May 13, 2016; the winning team, the Brandon Wheat Kings, was awarded the Ed Chynoweth Cup and a berth in the 2016 Memorial Cup that was be held at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta May 19–29, 2016. The Red Deer Rebels qualified for the tournament as hosts.

2015–16 WHL season
League Western Hockey League
Sport Hockey
Duration Regular season
Sept 24, 2015 – March 22, 2016
Playoffs
March 24, 2016 – May 13, 2016
Number of teams 22
TV partner(s) Shaw TV
Rogers Sportsnet
Root Sports Northwest
2015–16 CHL seasons
League Canadian Hockey League
Sport Hockey
Duration OHL
September 2015 – March 2016
QMJHL
September 2015 – March 2016
WHL
September 2015 – March 2016
Number of teams 60
TV partner(s) RDS
Rogers Sportsnet
Rogers TV
Shaw TV

Standings

(East Division)[1]
R GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Brandon Wheat Kings xy 72 48 18 4 2 319 197 102
2 Prince Albert Raiders x 72 38 26 7 1 222 223 84
3 Moose Jaw Warriors x 72 36 27 7 2 249 239 81
Top 3 (Central Division)<[1]
R GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Lethbridge Hurricanes xy 72 46 24 1 1 304 218 94
2 Red Deer Rebels x 72 45 24 1 2 260 205 93
3 Calgary Hitmen x 72 42 26 2 2 246 219 88
Wild Card teams[1]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Regina Pats x EA 72 36 28 3 5 243 253 80
2 Edmonton Oil Kings x CE 72 29 36 6 1 197 238 65
3 Medicine Hat Tigers CE 72 30 37 3 2 223 287 65
4 Swift Current Broncos EA 72 24 38 7 3 189 249 58
5 Saskatoon Blades EA 72 26 42 4 0 219 318 56
6 Kootenay Ice CE 72 12 53 6 1 155 320 31

Divisions: EA – East, CE – Central

x – Clinched Playoff spot, y – Clinched Division, z - Clinched regular season title

(B.C. Division)[1]
R GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Victoria Royals xyz 72 50 16 3 3 281 166 106
2 Kelowna Rockets x 72 48 20 4 0 269 218 100
3 Kamloops Blazers x 72 38 25 5 4 237 218 85
(U.S. Division)[1]
R GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Seattle Thunderbirds xy 72 45 23 4 0 228 186 94
2 Everett Silvertips x 72 38 26 5 3 182 172 84
3 Portland Winterhawks x 72 34 31 6 1 228 227 75
Wild Card Teams[1]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Prince George Cougars x B.C. 72 36 31 3 2 240 225 77
2 Spokane Chiefs x U.S. 72 33 30 5 4 223 245 75
3 Tri-City Americans U.S. 72 35 34 2 1 236 253 73
4 Vancouver Giants B.C. 72 23 40 5 4 199 273 55

bold – Clinched Playoff spot, y – Clinched Division, z - Clinched regular season title

Divisions: B.C. – B.C., US – U.S.

Eastern Conference Tiebreaker

Medicine Hat Tigers vs. Edmonton Oil Kings

March 22 Medicine Hat Tigers 4 – 6 Edmonton Oil Kings Canalta Centre Recap
Edmonton claims final playoff spot; faces Brandon in Conference Quarter-finals

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
Adam Brooks Regina Pats 72 38 82 120 30
Dryden Hunt Moose Jaw Warriors 72 58 58 116 48
Brayden Burke Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 27 82 109 44
Jayce Hawryluk Brandon Wheat Kings 58 47 59 106 101
Nolan Patrick Brandon Wheat Kings 72 41 61 102 41
Parker Bowles Tri-City Americans 72 39 57 96 63
Tyson Baillie Kelowna Rockets 70 43 52 95 66
Reid Gardiner Prince Albert Raiders 71 43 49 92 46
Alex Forsberg Victoria Royals 71 31 60 91 64
Tyler Wong Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 43 46 89 42

Goaltenders

These are the goaltenders that lead the league in GAA that have played at least 1380 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%
Griffen Outhouse Victoria Royals 27 1487 18 3 3 1 4 1.82 .937
Carter Hart Everett Silvertips 63 3693 35 23 1 3 6 2.14 .918
Coleman Vollrath Victoria Royals 51 2854 32 13 0 2 1 2.40 .912
Landon Bow Swift Current/Seattle 53 2886 25 20 4 0 7 2.49 .923
Jackson Whistle Kelowna Rockets 27 1559 19 6 2 0 2 2.54 .920

2016 WHL playoffs

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

Conference Quarter-finals

Eastern Conference

(E1) Brandon Wheat Kings vs. (W2) Edmonton Oil Kings

March 24 Brandon Wheat Kings 2 – 4 Edmonton Oil Kings Westman Communications Group Place Recap
March 25 Brandon Wheat Kings 1 – 2 Edmonton Oil Kings Westman Communications Group Place Recap
March 30 Edmonton Oil Kings 1 – 3 Brandon Wheat Kings Rexall Place Recap
March 31 Edmonton Oil Kings 0 – 5 Brandon Wheat Kings Rexall Place Recap
April 3* Edmonton Oil Kings 2 – 5 Brandon Wheat Kings Rexall Place Recap
April 5 Brandon Wheat Kings 10 – 3 Edmonton Oil Kings Westman Communications Group Place Recap
Brandon won series 4 – 2

* Note: Series was played in a 2-3-2 format due to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair taking place at the Keystone Centre from March 28 to April 2.

(E2) Prince Albert Raiders vs. (E3) Moose Jaw Warriors

March 25 Prince Albert Raiders 2 – 3 Moose Jaw Warriors Art Hauser Centre Recap
March 26 Prince Albert Raiders 2 – 4 Moose Jaw Warriors Art Hauser Centre Recap
March 28 Moose Jaw Warriors 3 – 7 Prince Albert Raiders Mosaic Place Recap
March 29 Moose Jaw Warriors 7 – 0 Prince Albert Raiders Mosaic Place Recap
April 1 Prince Albert Raiders 0 – 5 Moose Jaw Warriors Art Hauser Centre Recap
Moose Jaw won series 4 – 1

(C1) Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. (W1) Regina Pats

March 25 Lethbridge Hurricanes 6 – 3 Regina Pats ENMAX Centre Recap
March 26 Lethbridge Hurricanes 0 – 3 Regina Pats ENMAX Centre Recap
March 29 Regina Pats 3 – 2 Lethbridge Hurricanes Brandt Centre Recap
March 30 Regina Pats 2 – 0 Lethbridge Hurricanes Brandt Centre Recap
April 1 Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 – 7 Regina Pats ENMAX Centre Recap
Regina won series 4 – 1

(C2) Red Deer Rebels vs (C3) Calgary Hitmen

March 25 Red Deer Rebels 3 – 1 Calgary Hitmen ENMAX Centrium Recap
March 26 Red Deer Rebels 2 – 5 Calgary Hitmen ENMAX Centrium Recap
March 27 Calgary Hitmen 3 – 4 Red Deer Rebels Scotiabank Saddledome Recap
April 1* Calgary Hitmen 0 – 2 Red Deer Rebels Scotiabank Saddledome Recap
April 2 Red Deer Rebels 5 – 3 Calgary Hitmen ENMAX Centrium Recap
Red Deer won series 4 – 1

* Note: Game 4 was played at the Stampede Corral due to the 2016 Juno Awards taking place at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Western Conference

(B1) Victoria Royals vs. (W2) Spokane Chiefs

March 25 Victoria Royals 5 – 3 Spokane Chiefs Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
March 26 Victoria Royals 4 – 3 Spokane Chiefs Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
March 29 Spokane Chiefs 5 – 2 Victoria Royals Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Recap
March 30 Spokane Chiefs 2 – 3 OT Victoria Royals Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Recap
April 1 Victoria Royals 1 – 4 Spokane Chiefs Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
April 3 Spokane Chiefs 2 – 6 Victoria Royals Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Recap
Victoria won series 4 – 2

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

March 25 Kelowna Rockets 3 – 2 Kamloops Blazers Prospera Place Recap
March 26 Kelowna Rockets 4 – 5 Kamloops Blazers Prospera Place Recap
March 29* Kamloops Blazers 0 – 1 Kelowna Rockets Sandman Centre Recap
March 30 Kamloops Blazers 5 – 1 Kelowna Rockets Sandman Centre Recap
April 1 Kelowna Rockets 4 – 0 Kamloops Blazers Prospera Place Recap
April 2 Kamloops Blazers 4 – 0 Kelowna Rockets Sandman Centre Recap
April 4 Kelowna Rockets 2 – 1 OT Kamloops Blazers Prospera Place Recap
Kelowna won series 4 – 3

* Note: Game 3 was played at the Kamloops Memorial Arena due to the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship being played at the Sandman Centre.

(U1) Seattle Thunderbirds vs. (W1) Prince George Cougars

March 25 Seattle Thunderbirds 3 – 2 OT Prince George Cougars ShoWare Center Recap
March 26 Seattle Thunderbirds 4 – 1 Prince George Cougars ShoWare Center Recap
March 29 Prince George Cougars 0 – 5 Seattle Thunderbirds CN Centre Recap
March 30 Prince George Cougars 3 – 4 OT Seattle Thunderbirds CN Centre Recap
Seattle won series 4 – 0

(U2) Everett Silvertips vs. (U3) Portland Winterhawks

March 25 Everett Silvertips 3 – 0 Portland Winterhawks Xfinity Arena Recap
March 26 Everett Silvertips 3 – 1 Portland Winterhawks Xfinity Arena Recap
March 29 Portland Winterhawks 3 – 5 Everett Silvertips Moda Center Recap
March 30 Portland Winterhawks 2 – 4 Everett Silvertips Moda Center Recap
Everett won series 4 – 0

Conference Semi-finals

Eastern Conference

(E1) Brandon Wheat Kings vs (E3) Moose Jaw Warriors

April 8 Brandon Wheat Kings 5 – 3 Moose Jaw Warriors Westman Communications Group Place Recap
April 9 Brandon Wheat Kings 5 – 2 Moose Jaw Warriors Westman Communications Group Place Recap
April 12 Moose Jaw Warriors 7 – 1 Brandon Wheat Kings Mosaic Place Recap
April 13 Moose Jaw Warriors 2 – 6 Brandon Wheat Kings Mosaic Place Recap
April 15 Brandon Wheat Kings 7 – 3 Moose Jaw Warriors Westman Communications Group Place Recap
Brandon won series 4 – 1

(C2) Red Deer Rebels vs (W1) Regina Pats

April 9 Red Deer Rebels 3 – 2 Regina Pats ENMAX Centrium Recap
April 10 Red Deer Rebels 4 – 3 Regina Pats ENMAX Centrium Recap
April 12 Regina Pats 6 – 3 Red Deer Rebels Brandt Centre Recap
April 13 Regina Pats 6 – 4 Red Deer Rebels Brandt Centre Recap
April 15 Red Deer Rebels 5 – 1 Regina Pats ENMAX Centrium Recap
April 17 Regina Pats 5 – 1 Red Deer Rebels Brandt Centre Recap
April 19 Red Deer Rebels 2 – 1 Regina Pats ENMAX Centrium Recap
Red Deer won series 4 – 3

Western Conference

(B1) Victoria Royals vs (B2) Kelowna Rockets

April 7 Victoria Royals 2 – 1 Kelowna Rockets Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
April 9 Victoria Royals 3 – 2 Kelowna Rockets Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
April 12 Kelowna Rockets 3 – 2 Victoria Royals Prospera Place Recap
April 14 Kelowna Rockets 4 – 3 Victoria Royals Prospera Place Recap
April 15 Victoria Royals 1 – 4 Kelowna Rockets Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
April 17 Kelowna Rockets 2 – 3 Victoria Royals Prospera Place Recap
April 19 Victoria Royals 2 – 3 OT Kelowna Rockets Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Recap
Kelowna won series 4 – 3

(U1) Seattle Thunderbirds vs (U2) Everett Silvertips

April 8 Seattle Thunderbirds 0 – 3 Everett Silvertips ShoWare Center Recap
April 10 Seattle Thunderbirds 3 – 1 Everett Silvertips ShoWare Center Recap
April 13 Everett Silvertips 0 – 5 Seattle Thunderbirds Xfinity Arena Recap
April 15 Everett Silvertips 1 – 2 Seattle Thunderbirds Xfinity Arena Recap
April 16 Seattle Thunderbirds 3 – 2 Everett Silvertips ShoWare Center Recap
Seattle won series 4 – 1

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference

(E1) Brandon Wheat Kings vs. (C2) Red Deer Rebels

April 22 Brandon Wheat Kings 4 – 3 OT Red Deer Rebels Westman Communications Group Place Recap
April 23 Brandon Wheat Kings 6 – 4 Red Deer Rebels Westman Communications Group Place Recap
April 26 Red Deer Rebels 6 – 2 Brandon Wheat Kings ENMAX Centrium Recap
April 27 Red Deer Rebels 2 – 4 Brandon Wheat Kings ENMAX Centrium Recap
April 29 Brandon Wheat Kings 5 – 2 Red Deer Rebels Westman Communications Group Place Recap
Brandon won series 4 – 1

Western Conference

(B2) Kelowna Rockets vs. (U1) Seattle Thunderbirds

April 22 Kelowna Rockets 1 – 2 Seattle Thunderbirds Prospera Place Recap
April 23 Kelowna Rockets 2 – 3 Seattle Thunderbirds Prospera Place Recap
April 26 Seattle Thunderbirds 3 – 1 Kelowna Rockets ShoWare Center Recap
April 27 Seattle Thunderbirds 5 – 4 2OT Kelowna Rockets ShoWare Center Recap
Seattle won series 4 – 0

WHL Championship

(E1) Brandon Wheat Kings vs. (U1) Seattle Thunderbirds

May 6 Brandon Wheat Kings 3 – 2 OT Seattle Thunderbirds Westman Communications Group Place Recap
May 7 Brandon Wheat Kings 3 – 2 OT Seattle Thunderbirds Westman Communications Group Place Recap
May 10 Seattle Thunderbirds 2 – 3 OT Brandon Wheat Kings ShoWare Center Recap
May 11 Seattle Thunderbirds 6 – 1 Brandon Wheat Kings ShoWare Center Recap
May 13 Seattle Thunderbirds 4 – 8 Brandon Wheat Kings ShoWare Center Recap
Brandon won series 4 – 1

Playoff scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Nolan Patrick Brandon Wheat Kings 21 13 17 30 16
Jayce Hawryluk Brandon Wheat Kings 21 7 22 29 39
John Quenneville Brandon Wheat Kings 21 16 11 27 8
Tim McGauley Brandon Wheat Kings 21 8 18 26 8
Mathew Barzal Seattle Thunderbirds 18 5 21 26 16
Reid Duke Brandon Wheat Kings 21 8 16 24 24
Adam Brooks Regina Pats 12 7 16 23 6
Ethan Bear Seattle Thunderbirds 18 8 14 22 8
Adam Helewka Red Deer Rebels 17 9 9 18 18
Jake DeBrusk Red Deer Rebels 17 8 9 17 20

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
Mario Petit Everett Silvertips 4 185 3 0 4 1 .953 1.30
Jayden Sittler Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 102 0 1 3 0 .940 1.76
Landon Bow Seattle Thunderbirds 18 1131 13 5 37 2 .927 1.96
Connor Ingram Kamloops Blazers 7 424 3 4 15 1 .938 2.12
Carter Hart Everett Silvertips 6 352 2 4 14 1 .929 2.39

WHL awards

WHL Champions Ed Chynoweth Cup Brandon Wheat Kings
Regular season Champions Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Victoria Royals
Player of the Year Four Broncos Memorial Trophy Dryden Hunt Moose Jaw Warriors
Top Scorer Bob Clarke Trophy Adam Brooks Regina Pats
Top Defenceman Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy Ivan Provorov Brandon Wheat Kings
Rookie of the year Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy Matthew Phillips Victoria Royals
Top Goaltender Del Wilson Trophy Carter Hart Everett Silvertips
Top Plus-Minus Rating WHL Plus-Minus Award Ivan Provorov Brandon Wheat Kings
Most Sportsmanlike Player Brad Hornung Trophy Tyler Soy Victoria Royals
Scholastic Player of the Year Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy Tanner Kaspick Brandon Wheat Kings
Coach of the Year Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy Dave Lowry Victoria Royals
Executive of the Year Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy Peter Anholt Lethbridge Hurricanes
Top Official Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy Chris Schlenker
Marketing/Public Relations Award St. Clair Group Trophy Victoria Royals
Humanitarian of the Year Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy Tyler Wong Lethbridge Hurricanes
WHL Finals Most Valuable Player airBC Trophy Nolan Patrick Brandon Wheat Kings
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 Rylan Parenteau Prince Albert Raiders
Ivan Provorov* Brandon Wheat Kings D Jake Bean Calgary Hitmen
Andrew Nielsen Lethbridge Hurricanes D Travis Sanheim Calgary Hitmen
Dryden Hunt Moose Jaw Warriors F Brayden Burke Lethbridge Hurricanes
Brayden Point Moose Jaw Warriors F Nolan Patrick Brandon Wheat Kings
Adam Brooks Regina Pats F Jayce Hawryluk Brandon Wheat Kings

* - unanimous selection

Western Conference

First Team Pos. Second Team
Player Team Player Team
Carter Hart Everett Silvertips G Connor Ingram Kamloops Blazers
Joe Hicketts* Victoria Royals D Noah Juulsen Everett Silvertips
Ethan Bear Seattle Thunderbirds D Jason Fram Spokane Chiefs
Tyson Baillie Kelowna Rockets F Tyler Soy Victoria Royals
Mathew Barzal Seattle Thunderbirds F Chase Witala Prince George Cougars
Parker Bowles Tri-City Americans F Collin Shirley Kamloops Blazers

* - 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 18, 2014.
  3. ^ WHL Regular Season: Goaltending leaders. Retrieved on 2014-10-18.
  4. ^ WHL Announces 2015-16 All-Star Teams

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