1970–71 WCHL season

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The 1970–71 WCHL season was the fifth season of the Western Canada Hockey League, known in the present day as the Western Hockey League. Ten teams completed a 66 game season, with the Edmonton Oil Kings winning the President's Cup.

League notes[edit]

  • The Regina Pats returned to the WCHL, and joined the East division.
  • The Medicine Hat Tigers joined the league and played in the West division.
  • The regular season was expanded to 66 games from 60.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Estevan Bruins 66 41 20 5 87 283 201
x Flin Flon Bombers 66 41 23 2 84 306 224
x Winnipeg Jets 66 31 32 3 65 278 269
x Regina Pats 66 28 36 2 58 202 246
Brandon Wheat Kings 66 20 46 0 40 247 387
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Edmonton Oil Kings 66 45 20 1 91 346 258
x Calgary Centennials 66 37 22 7 81 244 175
x Saskatoon Blades 66 29 36 1 59 295 299
x Swift Current Broncos 66 24 40 2 50 229 290
Medicine Hat Tigers 66 22 43 1 45 271 352

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Chuck Arnason Flin Flon Bombers 66 79 84 163 152
Orest Kindrachuk Saskatoon Blades 61 49 100 149 103
Lorne Henning Estevan Bruins 66 64 66 130 41
Laurie Yaworski Saskatoon Blades 57 73 54 127 104
Wayne Chernecki Winnipeg Jets 65 50 73 123 56
Dan Spring Edmonton Oil Kings 65 43 79 122 44
Don Kozak Edmonton Oil Kings 66 60 61 121 122
Stan Weir Medicine Hat Tigers 66 52 59 111 88
Gene Carr Flin Flon Bombers 62 36 68 104 105
Brian Carlin Medicine Hat Tigers 65 44 56 100 46

1971 WCHL Playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

  • Winnipeg defeated Estevan 4 games to 2 with 1 tie
  • Flin Flon defeated Regina 4 games to 1 with 1 tie
  • Edmonton defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 1
  • Calgary defeated Swift Current 3 games to 0 with 2 ties

Semifinals[edit]

  • Flin Flon defeated Winnipeg 5 games to 2
  • Edmonton defeated Calgary 4 games to 1

Finals[edit]

  • Edmonton defeated Flin Flon 4 games to 1 with 1 tie

All-Star game[edit]

The 1970–71 WCHL All-Star Game was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with the WCHL All-stars defeating the Winnipeg Jets 4–3 before a crowd of 3,543.

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player: Ed Dyck, Calgary Centennials
Top Scorer: Chuck Arnason, Flin Flon Bombers
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Lorne Henning, Estevan Bruins
Defenseman of the Year: Ron Jones, Edmonton Oil Kings
Rookie of the Year: Stan Weir, Medicine Hat Tigers
Goaltender of the Year: Ed Dyck, Calgary Centennials
Coach of the Year: Pat Ginnell, Flin Flon Bombers
Regular Season Champions: Edmonton Oil Kings

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1969–70 WCHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1971–72 WCHL season