1979–80 WHL season

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The 1979–80 WHL season was the 14th season for the Western Hockey League. Eleven teams completed a 72 game season. The Regina Pats won the President's Cup.

League notes[edit]

  • The Edmonton Oil Kings relocated to Great Falls, Montana to become the Great Falls Americans, however the team only lasted 28 games, as the Americans ceased operations on December 16, 1979.
  • The WHL abandoned the three division format, opting instead for a two division format of eight teams in the East and four in the West.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Regina Pats 72 47 24 1 95 429 311
x Calgary Wranglers 72 43 27 2 88 376 319
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 37 30 5 79 344 315
x Billings Bighorns 72 37 34 1 75 326 284
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 33 37 2 68 319 343
x Lethbridge Broncos 72 28 39 5 61 329 349
Saskatoon Blades 72 27 40 5 59 331 382
Great Falls Americans1 28 2 25 1 5 73 186
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 53 18 1 107 398 293
x Victoria Cougars 72 51 21 0 102 349 226
x Seattle Breakers 72 29 41 2 60 297 364
New Westminster Bruins 72 10 61 1 21 244 443

1Folded mid-season

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Doug Wickenheiser Regina Pats 71 89 81 170 99
Tim Tookey Portland Winter Hawks 70 58 83 141 55
Barry Pederson Victoria Cougars 72 52 88 140 50
Kelly Kisio Calgary Wranglers 71 65 73 138 64
Jim Dobson Portland Winter Hawks 72 66 68 134 179
Ryan Flockhard Regina Pats 65 54 76 130 63
Gord Williams Lethbridge Broncos 72 57 65 122 92
Darren Veitch Regina Pats 71 29 93 122 118
Brian Varga Regina Pats 70 39 79 118 97
Doug Morrison Lethbridge Broncos 68 58 59 117 188

1980 WHL Playoffs[edit]

First round[edit]

  • Regina defeated Lethbridge 4 games to 0
  • Brandon defeated Calgary 4 games to 3
  • Medicine Hat defeated Billings 4 games to 3

Division semi-finals[edit]

Round Robin format

  • Medicine Hat (3–1) advanced
  • Regina (2–2) advanced
  • Brandon (1–3) eliminated
  • Victoria (5–3) advanced
  • Seattle (4–4) advanced
  • Portland (3–5) eliminated

Division finals[edit]

  • Regina defeated Medicine Hat 4 games to 1
  • Victoria defeated Seattle 4 games to 0

WHL Championship[edit]

  • Regina defeated Victoria 4 games to 1

All-Star game[edit]

There was no All-Star game in 1979–80.

WHL awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player: Doug Wickenheiser, Regina Pats
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Doug Wickenheiser, Regina Pats
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Steve Tsujirua, Medicine Hat Tigers
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Dave Babych, Portland Winter Hawks
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Grant Fuhr, Victoria Cougars
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Kevin Eastman, Victoria Cougars
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Doug Sauter, Calgary Wranglers
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Portland Winter Hawks

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1978–79 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1980–81 WHL season