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2017–18 WHL season

The 2017–18 WHL season is the 52nd season of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The regular season began on September 22, 2017 and ended on March 18, 2018.

2017–18 WHL season
LeagueWestern Hockey League
SportHockey
DurationRegular season
September 22, 2017 – March 18, 2018
Playoffs
March 22, 2018 – May 13 2018
Number of teams22
TV partner(s)CW 32
JOEtv
Rogers Sportsnet
Finals championsSwift Current Broncos (3)
WHL seasons
2017–18 CHL seasons
LeagueCanadian Hockey League
SportHockey
DurationOHL
September 2017 – March 2018
QMJHL
September 2017 – March 2018
WHL
September 2017 – March 2018
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 22, 2018, and ended on May 13; the winning team, the Swift Current Broncos, were awarded the Ed Chynoweth Cup and a berth in the 2018 Memorial Cup held at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan from May 18–27, 2018. The Regina Pats automatically qualified for the tournament as hosts.

StandingsEdit

Updated to game(s) played on March 18, 2018. 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 Moose Jaw Warriors xyz 72 52 15 2 3 326 216 109
2 Swift Current Broncos x 72 48 17 5 2 284 213 103
3 Regina Pats x 72 40 25 6 1 245 235 87
Top 3 (Central division)[1]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Medicine Hat Tigers xy 72 36 28 8 0 260 252 80
2 Lethbridge Hurricanes x 72 33 33 6 0 244 260 72
3 Red Deer Rebels x 72 27 32 10 3 209 250 67
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 40 27 3 2 272 255 85
2 East Prince Albert Raiders x 72 32 27 9 4 245 250 77
3 East Saskatoon Blades 72 35 33 3 1 237 276 74
4 Cen. Kootenay Ice 72 27 38 5 2 215 275 61
5 Cen. Calgary Hitmen 72 24 37 9 2 226 276 59
6 Cen. Edmonton Oil Kings 72 22 42 6 2 204 315 52
Top 3 (U.S. division)[1]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Everett Silvertips xy 72 47 20 2 3 246 167 99
2 Portland Winterhawks x 72 44 22 1 5 274 214 94
3 Spokane Chiefs x 72 41 25 3 3 282 240 88
Top 3 (B.C. division)[1]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Kelowna Rockets xy 72 43 22 5 2 280 249 93
2 Victoria Royals x 72 39 27 4 2 287 264 84
3 Vancouver Giants x 72 36 27 6 3 233 257 81
Western conference wild card[1]
Pos Div (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 U.S. Tri-City Americans x 72 38 25 8 1 255 249 85
2 U.S. Seattle Thunderbirds x 72 34 28 8 2 250 258 78
3 B.C. Kamloops Blazers 72 30 37 1 4 212 237 65
4 B.C. Prince George Cougars 72 24 38 5 5 217 295 58

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
Jayden Halbgewachs Moose Jaw Warriors 72 70 59 129 12
Glenn Gawdin Swift Current Broncos 67 56 69 125 101
Aleksi Heponiemi Swift Current Broncos 57 28 90 118 28
Brayden Burke Moose Jaw Warriors 61 31 82 113 45
Matthew Phillips Victoria Royals 71 48 64 112 32
Tyler Steenbergen Swift Current Broncos 56 47 55 102 44
Cody Glass Portland Winterhawks 64 37 65 102 26
Ty Lewis Brandon Wheat Kings 70 44 56 100 60
Patrick Bajkov Everett Silvertips 72 33 67 100 56
Justin Almeida Moose Jaw Warriors 72 43 55 98 10

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 41 2437 31 6 1 3 7 1.60 .947
Cole Kehler Portland Winterhawks 53 3079 30 16 1 4 4 2.77 .909
Dylan Ferguson Kamloops Blazers 59 3382 24 28 1 3 1 2.96 .907
Brody Willms Moose Jaw Warriors 54 3158 37 11 2 2 4 3.00 .898
David Tendeck Vancouver Giants 48 2745 25 16 3 2 3 3.02 .912

2018 WHL playoffsEdit

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

Conference Quarter-finalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

(E1) Moose Jaw Warriors vs. (W2) Prince Albert RaidersEdit

Moose Jaw wins series 4 – 3


(E2) Swift Current Broncos vs. (E3) Regina PatsEdit

Swift Current wins series 4 – 3


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

Brandon wins series 4 – 2

* Note: Games 3, 4, and 6 were played at Credit Union Place in Dauphin due to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair taking place at the Keystone Centre from March 26 to March 31.

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

Lethbridge wins series 4 – 1


Western ConferenceEdit

(U1) Everett Silvertips vs. (W2) Seattle ThunderbirdsEdit

Everett wins series 4 – 1


(U2) Portland Winterhawks vs. (U3) Spokane ChiefsEdit

Portland wins series 4 – 3


(B1) Kelowna Rockets vs. (W1) Tri-City AmericansEdit

Tri-City wins series 4 – 0


(B2) Victoria Royals vs. (B3) Vancouver GiantsEdit

Victoria wins series 4 – 3


Conference Semi-finalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

(E1) Moose Jaw Warriors vs. (E2) Swift Current BroncosEdit

Swift Current wins series 4 – 3


(C2) Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. (W1) Brandon Wheat KingsEdit

Lethbridge wins series 4 – 1


Western ConferenceEdit

(U1) Everett Silvertips vs. (U2) Portland WinterhawksEdit

Everett wins series 4 – 1

* Note: Game 4 was played at Moda Center.

(B2) Victoria Royals vs. (W1) Tri-City AmericansEdit

Tri-City wins series 4 – 0


Conference FinalsEdit

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
Brad Morrison Lethbridge Hurricanes 16 16 21 37 6
Michael Rasmussen Tri-City Americans 14 16 17 33 4
Glenn Gawdin Swift Current Broncos 24 14 18 32 32
Aleksi Heponiemi Swift Current Broncos 26 5 25 30 2
Garrett Pilon Everett Silvertips 22 11 17 28 8
Morgan Geekie Tri-City Americans 14 17 10 27 4
Tyler Steenbergen Swift Current Broncos 26 12 15 27 12
Connor Dewar Everett Silvertips 22 12 14 26 24
Jordy Bellerive Lethbridge Hurricanes 16 9 16 25 20
Patrick Bajkov Everett Silvertips 22 14 9 23 18

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
Stuart Skinner Swift Current Broncos 26 1609 16 10 59 6 .932 2.20
Carter Hart Everett Silvertips 22 1325 14 8 53 2 .921 2.40
Logan Flodell Lethbridge Hurricanes 16 968 10 6 45 2 .906 2.79
Dawson Weatherill Spokane Chiefs 5 284 2 3 14 0 .912 2.96
Ryan Kubic Regina Pats 7 409 3 4 21 0 .891 3.08

WHL awardsEdit

WHL Champions Ed Chynoweth Cup Swift Current Broncos
Regular season Champions Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Moose Jaw Warriors
Player of the Year Four Broncos Memorial Trophy Carter Hart Everett Silvertips
Top Scorer Bob Clarke Trophy Jayden Halbgewachs Moose Jaw Warriors
Top Defenceman Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy Kale Clague Moose Jaw Warriors
Rookie of the Year Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy Dylan Cozens Lethbridge Hurricanes
Top Goaltender Del Wilson Trophy Carter Hart Everett Silvertips
Top Plus-Minus Rating WHL Plus-Minus Award Glenn Gawdin Swift Current Broncos
Most Sportsmanlike Player Brad Hornung Trophy Aleksi Heponiemi Swift Current Broncos
Scholastic Player of the Year Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy Ty Smith Spokane Chiefs
Coach of the Year Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy Emanuel Viveiros Swift Current Broncos
Executive of the Year Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Top Official Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy
Marketing/Public Relations Award St. Clair Group Trophy TBD
Humanitarian of the Year Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy Ty Ronning Vancouver Giants
WHL Finals Most Valuable Player airBC Trophy Glenn Gawdin Swift Current Broncos
Alumni Achievement Awards Professional Hockey Achievement
Academic Recipient
TBD

All-Star TeamsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

First Team[4] Pos. Second Team
Player Team Player Team
Logan Flodell Lethbridge Hurricanes G Logan Thompson Brandon Wheat Kings
Kale Clague Moose Jaw Warriors D Josh Mahura Regina Pats
David Quenneville Medicine Hat Tigers D Colby Sissons Swift Current Broncos
Jayden Halbgewachs Moose Jaw Warriors F Tyler Steenbergen Swift Current Broncos
Glenn Gawdin Swift Current Broncos F Jordy Bellerive Lethbridge Hurricanes
Aleksi Heponiemi Swift Current Broncos F Brayden Burke Moose Jaw Warriors

Western ConferenceEdit

First Team Pos. Second Team
Player Team Player Team
Carter Hart Everett Silvertips G David Tendeck Vancouver Giants
Cal Foote Kelowna Rockets D Henri Jokiharju Portland Winterhawks
Ty Smith Spokane Chiefs D Juuso Valimaki Tri-City Americans
Matthew Phillips Victoria Royals F Ty Ronning Vancouver Giants
Cody Glass Portland Winterhawks F Dillon Dubé Kelowna Rockets
Jaret Anderson-Dolan Spokane Chiefs F Patrick Bajkov Everett Silvertips

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "2017–2018 Wild Card Standings". Western Hockey League. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "WHL Regular Season: Scoring leaders". Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  3. ^ WHL Regular Season: Goaltending leaders. Retrieved on 2017-10-10.
  4. ^ WHL Announces 2017-18 Conference All-Star teams

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