Thursday, 18 June 2015

WHL Preps for 50th Season

  The Western Hockey League wrapped up its annual general meeting in Vancouver Wednesday, with the league annoucing plans to celebrate its 50th season in 2015-2016.

  The league will announce its top-50 players of all-time during the season, they'll also publish a 50th anniversary book that will detail the history of the league, and each team will play host to one game that will celebrate the 50th season and honour the history of its franchise and alumni.

  "We are excited to celebrate the rich history of our League next season," said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in a release, "We have been fortunate to have many talented players, excellent teams and exceptional people in the WHL since 1966, and we truly look forward to honouring these individuals and sharing the story of our League throughout our 50th anniversary season."

  The opening game of the season on September 24th will feature the Moose Jaw Warriors hosting the Regina Pats in a rematch of the WHL's first-ever championship series.

  The Moose Jaw Canucks won the league title in the inaugural season in 1966-67, defeating Regina in the final that year.

  In other news from the AGM: Kelowna and Kamloops will play host to the Subway Super Series games in November , the CHL Top Prospects game will be played in Vancouver in late January and the Memorial Cup will be hosted in Red Deer next May.

  There was no announcement regarding any possible rule changes, but we do know the playoff format that made its debut last season will remain in place for at least two more years.

  By the way, the full WHL regular season schedule is expected to be released later this month.

  The Brandon Wheat Kings' season and home opener will be on Friday, September 25th against the Swift Current Broncos.

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