1976–77 WCHL season

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The 1976–77 WCHL season was the 11th 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 third consecutive President's Cup as well as the Memorial Cup.

League notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 54 10 8 116 447 242
x Saskatoon Blades 72 30 30 12 72 317 290
Flin Flon Bombers 72 16 42 14 46 294 411
Regina Pats 72 8 53 11 27 218 464
Central Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 32 28 12 76 330 304
x Winnipeg Monarchs 72 31 34 7 69 341 384
x Lethbridge Broncos 72 28 32 12 68 324 335
x Calgary Centennials 72 22 34 15 59 329 397
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x New Westminster Bruins 72 47 14 11 105 363 216
x Kamloops Chiefs 72 34 26 12 80 308 291
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 36 29 7 79 359 294
x Victoria Cougars 72 27 32 13 67 299 301

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Bill Derlago Brandon Wheat Kings 72 96 82 178 63
Ray Allison Brandon Wheat Kings 71 45 92 137 198
Brian Propp Brandon Wheat Kings 72 55 80 135 47
Kevin McCarthy Winnipeg Monarchs 72 22 105 127 110
Dan Bonar Brandon Wheat Kings 72 75 50 125 70
Tony Currie Portland Winter Hawks 72 73 52 125 50
Mark Lofthouse New Westminster Bruins 70 54 58 112 59
Wayne Babych Portland Winter Hawks 72 50 62 112 76
Brent Peterson Portland Winter Hawks 69 34 78 112 98
Kim Davis Flin Flon Bombers 69 56 55 111 250

1977 WCHL Playoffs[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

  • Calgary defeated Medicine Hat 4 games to 0
  • Lethbridge defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 2

League quarter-finals[edit]

  • Brandon defeated Winnipeg 5 games to 2
  • Lethbridge defeated Calgary 3 games to 2
  • New Westminster defeated Victoria 4 games to 0
  • Portland defeated Kamloops 4 games to 1

League semi-finals[edit]

  • Brandon defeated Lethbridge 4 games to 0
  • New Westminster defeated Portland 4 games to 1

WHL Championship[edit]

  • New Westminster defeated Brandon 4 games to 1

All-Star game[edit]

On January 19, the West All-Stars defeated the East All-Stars 3–2 at Brandon, Manitoba with a crowd of 4,120.

WHL awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player: Barry Beck, New Westminster Bruins
Top Scorer: Bill Derlago, Brandon Wheat Kings
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Steve Tambellini, Lethbridge Broncos
Top Defenseman: Barry Beck, New Westminster Bruins
Rookie of the Year: Brian Propp, Brandon Wheat Kings
Top Goaltender: Glen Hanlon, Brandon Wheat Kings
Coach of the Year: Dunc McCallum, Brandon Wheat Kings
Regular season champions: Brandon Wheat Kings

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1975–76 WCHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1977–78 WCHL season