1982–83 WHL season

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The 1982–83 WHL season was the 17th season for the Western Hockey League. Fourteen teams completed a 72 game season. The Lethbridge Broncos won the President's Cup while the host Portland Winter Hawks became the first American team to win the Memorial Cup.

League notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Saskatoon Blades 72 52 19 1 105 467 303
x Regina Pats 72 48 24 0 96 397 281
x Calgary Wranglers 72 44 26 2 90 353 258
x Winnipeg Warriors 72 42 30 0 84 347 321
x Lethbridge Broncos 72 38 31 3 79 284 271
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 37 34 1 75 345 338
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 21 51 0 42 327 460
Prince Albert Raiders 72 16 55 1 33 312 455
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 50 22 0 100 495 387
x Victoria Cougars 72 47 24 1 95 444 335
x Kamloops Junior Oilers 72 46 26 0 92 461 356
x Seattle Breakers 72 24 47 1 49 319 418
Nanaimo Islanders 72 20 51 1 41 357 487
Kelowna Wings 72 12 57 3 27 299 531

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Dale Derkatch Regina Pats 67 84 95 179 62
Dean Evason Kamloops Junior Oilers 70 71 93 164 102
Kelly Glowa Brandon Wheat Kings 68 71 92 163 87
Roger Kortko Saskatoon Blades 72 62 99 161 79
Ken Yaremchuk Portland Winter Hawks 66 51 109 160 76
Randy Heath Portland Winter Hawks 72 82 69 151 52
Jim McGeough Nanaimo Islanders 72 76 56 132 126
Mark Morrison Victoria Cougars 58 55 75 130 54
Dan Hodgson Prince Albert Raiders 72 56 74 130 66
Darren Boyko Winnipeg Warriors 72 49 81 130 8

1983 WHL Playoffs[edit]

First round[edit]

  • Saskatoon earned a bye
  • Regina earned a bye
  • Calgary defeated Medicine Hat 3 games to 2
  • Lethbridge defeated Winnipeg 3 games to 0

Division semi-finals[edit]

  • Calgary defeated Regina 4 games to 1
  • Lethbridge defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 2
  • Portland defeated Seattle 4 games to 0
  • Victoria defeated Kamloops 4 games to 3

Division finals[edit]

  • Lethbridge defeated Calgary 4 games to 2
  • Portland defeated Victoria 4 games to 1

WHL Championship[edit]

  • Lethbridge defeated Portland 4 games to 1

All-Star game[edit]

There was no All-Star Game in 1982–83.

WHL awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player: Mike Vernon, Calgary Wranglers
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Dale Derkatch, Regina Pats
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Darren Boyko, Winnipeg Warriors
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Gary Leeman, Regina Pats
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Dan Hodgson, Prince Albert Raiders
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Mike Vernon, Calgary Wranglers
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Daryl Lubiniecki, Saskatoon Blades
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Saskatoon Blades

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1981–82 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1983–84 WHL season