1975–76 WCHL season

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The 1975–76 WCHL season was the tenth season for the Western Canada Hockey League, known in the present day as the Western Hockey League. Twelve teams completed a 72 game season. The New Westminster Bruins won their second consecutive President's Cup.

League notes[edit]

  • The WCHL season expanded to 72 games from 70.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Saskatoon Blades 72 43 19 10 96 390 269
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 30 8 76 341 303
x Lethbridge Broncos 72 28 35 9 65 293 352
x Winnipeg Clubs 72 27 39 6 60 302 378
x Regina Pats 72 22 42 8 52 278 347
Flin Flon Bombers 72 18 44 10 46 279 441
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x New Westminster Bruins 72 54 14 4 112 463 247
x Kamloops Chiefs 72 40 26 6 86 365 285
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 38 24 10 86 379 306
x Victoria Cougars 72 37 28 7 81 343 320
x Edmonton Oil Kings 72 25 42 5 55 312 400
Calgary Centennials 72 22 45 5 49 284 381

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Bernie Federko Saskatoon Blades 72 72 115 187 108
Greg Carroll Medicine Hat Tigers 71 60 109 169 118
Don Murdoch Medicine Hat Tigers 70 88 77 165 202
Blair Chapman Saskatoon Blades 69 71 86 157 67
Fred Berry New Westminster Bruins 72 59 87 146 164
Rick Shinske New Westminster Bruins 70 52 91 143 86
Jim Gustafson Victoria Cougars 69 46 95 141 72
Morris Lukowich Medicine Hat Tigers 72 65 75 140 195
Rich Gosselin Flin Flon Bombers 69 67 66 133 192
Dale McMullin Brandon Wheat Kings 72 56 74 130 28

1976 WCHL Playoffs[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

  • Medicine Hat defeated Edmonton 4 games to 1
  • Victoria defeated Regina 4 games to 1 with 1 tied

League quarter-finals[edit]

  • New Westminster defeated Brandon 5 games to 0
  • Saskatoon defeated Lethbridge 3 games to 1 with 2 tied
  • Kamloops defeated Winnipeg 3 games to 1 with 2 tied
  • Victoria defeated Medicine Hat 3 games to 1 with 1 tied

League semi-finals[edit]

  • Saskatoon defeated Kamloops 4 games to 2
  • New Westminster defeated Victoria 4 games to 0 with 1 tied

WHL Championship[edit]

  • New Westminster defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 2 with 1 tied

All-Star game[edit]

On January 15, the West All-Stars defeated the East All-Stars 8–7 at Lethbridge, Alberta with a crowd of 2,413.

WHL awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player: Bernie Federko, Saskatoon Blades
Top Scorer: Bernie Federko, Saskatoon Blades
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Blair Chapman, Saskatoon Blades
Top Defenseman: Kevin McCarthy, Winnipeg Clubs
Rookie of the Year: Steve Tambellini, Lethbridge Broncos
Top Goaltender: Carey Walker, New Westminster Bruins
Coach of the Year: Ernie McLean, New Westminster Bruins
Regular season champions: New Westminster Bruins

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1974–75 WCHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1976–77 WCHL season