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League notesEdit

  • 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 seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 52 19 1 105 369 231
x Prince Albert Raiders 72 47 19 6 100 309 250
x Regina Pats 72 37 33 2 76 316 284
x Saskatoon Blades 72 29 42 1 59 314 351
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 18 49 5 41 223 331
Central Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Swift Current Broncos 72 36 31 5 77 285 271
x Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 33 36 3 69 259 270
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 30 37 5 65 243 288
x Red Deer Rebels 72 28 39 5 61 263 300
Calgary Hitmen 72 18 51 3 39 222 359
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Spokane Chiefs 72 50 18 4 104 322 221
x Kamloops Blazers 72 48 22 2 98 343 257
x Tri-City Americans 72 45 25 2 92 336 255
x Kelowna Rockets 72 35 33 4 74 338 309
x Seattle Thunderbirds 72 29 36 7 65 255 281
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 30 39 3 63 283 301
Prince George Cougars 72 17 53 2 36 219 340

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Mark Deyell Saskatoon Blades 69 61 98 159 122
Frank Banham Saskatoon Blades 72 83 69 152 116
Hnat Domenichelli Kamloops Blazers 62 59 89 148 37
Jarome Iginla Kamloops Blazers 63 63 73 136 120
Robb Gordon Kelowna Rockets 58 51 63 114 84
Josh Holden Regina Pats 70 57 55 112 105
Mike Leclerc Brandon Wheat Kings 71 58 53 111 161
Clarke Wilm Saskatoon Blades 72 49 61 110 83
Peter Schaefer Brandon Wheat Kings 69 47 61 108 53
Marty Flichel Kelowna Rockets 69 28 79 107 107

1996 WHL PlayoffsEdit

  First Round Division Semi-Finals Division Finals WHL Championship
                                     
E1 Brandon 4  
E4 Saskatoon 0  
  E1 Brandon 4  
    C4 Red Deer 0  
C1 Swift Current 2
C4 Red Deer 4  
  E1 Brandon 4  
  E2 Prince Albert 2  
E2 Prince Albert 4  
C3 Medicine Hat 1  
  E2 Prince Albert 4
    E3 Regina 3  
E3 Regina 4
C2 Lethbridge 0  
  E1 Brandon 4
  W1 Spokane 1
W1 Spokane 4  
W6 Portland 3  
  W1 Spokane bye
           
     
       
  W1 Spokane 4
  W2 Kamloops 2  
W2 Kamloops 4  
W5 Seattle 1  
  W2 Kamloops 3
    W3 Tri-City 2  
W3 Tri-City 4
W4 Kelowna 1  

All-Star gameEdit

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

AwardsEdit

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Preceded by
1994–95 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1996–97 WHL season