1985–86 WHL season

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The 1985–86 WHL season was the 20th season for the Western Hockey League. Fourteen teams completed a 72 game season. The Kamloops Blazers won the President's Cup.

League notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 54 17 1 109 384 245
x Prince Albert Raiders 72 52 17 3 107 424 257
x Regina Pats 72 45 26 1 91 384 295
x Saskatoon Blades 72 38 28 6 82 381 360
x Lethbridge Broncos 72 27 42 3 57 314 379
x Moose Jaw Warriors 72 25 44 3 53 294 375
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 24 46 2 50 324 438
Calgary Wranglers 72 23 47 2 48 288 378
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Kamloops Blazers 72 49 19 4 102 449 299
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 47 24 1 95 438 348
x Spokane Chiefs 72 30 41 1 61 373 413
x Seattle Thunderbirds 72 27 43 2 56 330 406
New Westminster Bruins 72 25 45 2 52 276 373
Victoria Cougars 72 22 49 1 45 346 439

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Rob Brown Kamloops Blazers 69 58 115 173 171
Simon Wheeldon Victoria Cougars 70 61 96 157 85
Ken Morrison Kamloops Blazers/Prince Albert Raiders 72 83 67 150 65
Randy Smith Saskatoon Blades 70 60 86 146 44
Ken Priestlay Victoria Cougars 72 73 72 145 45
Rod Matechuk Saskatoon Blades 72 57 78 135 93
Ray Podloski Portland Winter Hawks 66 59 75 134 69
Mike Nottingham Kamloops Blazers 70 61 70 131 101
Craig Endean Seattle Thunderbirds 70 58 70 128 34
Dave Waldie Portland Winter Hawks 72 68 58 126 63

1986 WHL Playoffs[edit]

First round[edit]

The East division played a round robin format amongst the top six teams:

  • Prince Albert (9–1) advanced
  • Medicine Hat (8–2) advanced
  • Saskatoon (7–3) advanced
  • Moose Jaw (4–6) advanced
  • Lethbridge (1–9) eliminated
  • Regina (1–9) eliminated

Division semi-finals[edit]

  • Medicine Hat defeated Moose Jaw 3 games to 0
  • Prince Albert defeated Saskatoon 3 games to 0
  • Kamloops defeated Seattle 5 games to 0
  • Portland defeated Spokane 5 games to 4

Division finals[edit]

  • Medicine Hat defeated Prince Albert 4 games to 3
  • Kamloops defeated Portland 5 games to 1

WHL Championship[edit]

  • Kamloops defeated Medicine Hat 4 games to 1

All-Star game[edit]

On January 20, the Portland Winter Hawks defeated the West All-Stars 4–3 in Portland, Oregon with a crowd of 3,106.

On January 21, the East All-Stars defeated the Prince Albert Raiders 6–3 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan before a crowd of 1,475.

WHL awards[edit]

  • Note: In some cases, the WHL handed out separate awards for the East and West divisions.
Most Valuable Player: East: Emanuel Viveiros, Prince Albert Raiders; West: Rob Brown, Kamloops Blazers
Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Mark Janssens, Regina Pats
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Rob Brown, Kamloops Blazers
Most Sportsmanlike Player: East: Randy Smith, Saskatoon Blades; Ken Morrison, Kamloops Blazers
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: East: Emanuel Viveiros, Prince Albert Raiders; West: Glen Wesley, Portland Winter Hawks
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: East: Neil Brady, Medicine Hat Tigers; West: (tie) Ron Shudra, Kamloops Blazers and Dave Waldie, Portland Winter Hawks
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Mark Fitzbatrick, Medicine Hat Tigers
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Terry Simpson, Prince Albert Raiders
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Medicine Hat Tigers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1984–85 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1986–87 WHL season