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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.

2016–17 WHL season
LeagueWestern Hockey League
SportHockey
DurationRegular season
September 23, 2016 – March 19, 2017
Playoffs
March 24, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Number of teams22
TV partner(s)Shaw TV
Rogers Sportsnet
This TV
Finals championsSeattle Thunderbirds (1)
WHL seasons
2016–17 CHL seasons
LeagueCanadian Hockey League
SportHockey
DurationOHL
September 2016 – March 2017
QMJHL
September 2016 – March 2017
WHL
September 2016 – March 2017
Number of teams60
TV partner(s)TVA Sports
Rogers Sportsnet
Rogers TV
Shaw TV

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.

StandingsEdit

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

East Division (Top 3)[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
Central Division (Top 3)[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 East Brandon Wheat Kings x 72 31 31 7 3 225 247 72
2 Central Calgary Hitmen x 72 30 32 8 2 215 282 70
3 East Saskatoon Blades 72 28 35 7 2 190 248 65
4 Central Edmonton Oil Kings 72 23 43 5 1 193 292 52
5 East Prince Albert Raiders 72 21 44 5 2 198 283 49
6 Central Kootenay Ice 72 14 46 10 2 177 335 40
B.C. Division (Top 3)[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
U.S. Division (Top 3)[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 leadersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

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

GoaltendersEdit

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 playoffsEdit

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-finalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

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

Regina wins series 4 – 0


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

Swift Current wins series 4 – 3


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

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 RebelsEdit

Lethbridge wins series 4 – 3


Western ConferenceEdit

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

Everett wins series 4 – 2


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

Seattle wins series 4 – 0


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

Portland wins series 4 – 2


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

Kelowna wins series 4 – 2


Conference Semi-finalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

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

Regina wins series 4 – 3


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

Lethbridge wins series 4 – 3


Western ConferenceEdit

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

Seattle wins series 4 – 0


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

Kelowna wins series 4 – 1


Conference FinalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

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

Regina wins series 4 – 2


Western ConferenceEdit

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

Seattle wins series 4 – 2


WHL ChampionshipEdit

Playoff scoring leadersEdit

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 goaltendersEdit

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 awardsEdit

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 TeamsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

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 ConferenceEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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

External linksEdit

Preceded by
2015–16 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
2017–18 WHL season