Western Canada Senior Hockey League

The Western Canada Senior Hockey League was a senior ice hockey league that played six seasons in Alberta and Saskatchewan, from 1945 to 1951. The league produced the 1946 Allan Cup and the 1948 Allan Cup champions, and merged into the Pacific Coast Hockey League for the 1951–52 season.

HistoryEdit

In April 1945, W. G. Hardy sought to organize a senior hockey league including teams from Alberta and Saskatchewan.[1] The result was the Western Canada Senior Hockey League which began in the 1945–46 season, with Hardy as a league governor. The first season had teams in Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina. A fifth team was added in Lethbridge in the 1946–47 season.[2] The league operated for six seasons, when it merged with the Pacific Coast Hockey League for the 1951–52 season, and later became the Western Hockey League for the 1952–53 season.[3]

The league produced the 1946 Allan Cup champion Calgary Stampeders, and the 1948 Allan Cup champion Edmonton Flyers.[4] Hardy had nominated the Flyers to represent Canada at the 1947 Ice Hockey World Championships,[5] but the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association ultimately did not to send a team due to funding issues.[6][7]

TeamsEdit

ChampionsEdit

  • 1945–46 – Calgary Stampeders (1946 Allan Cup champion)
  • 1946–47 – Calgary Stampeders
  • 1947–48 – Edmonton Flyers (1948 Allan Cup champion)
  • 1948–49 – Regina Capitals
  • 1949–50 – Calgary Stampeders
  • 1950–51 – Saskatoon Quakers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nova Scotia Man New Puck Prexy". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. April 17, 1945. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "Lethbridge Back In West Hockey Loop". Lethbridge Herald. Lethbridge, Alberta. June 3, 1946. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "Western Canada Senior Hockey League (1945–1951)". Hockey League History. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  4. ^ "Allan Cup champions". Allan Cup. 2019. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  5. ^ "Dispute Over Team Selection Denied". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. November 27, 1946. p. 14. 
  6. ^ "Edmonton Juniors' Trip Still Uncertain". Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. December 19, 1946. p. 27. 
  7. ^ "Gordon Issue Test Case". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. December 30, 1946. p. 12.