1987–88 WHL season

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The 1987–88 WHL season was the 22nd season for the Western Hockey League. Fourteen teams completed a 72 game season. The Medicine Hat Tigers won their second consecutive President's Cup and Memorial Cup.

League notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Saskatoon Blades 72 47 22 3 97 381 294
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 22 6 94 353 261
x Prince Albert Raiders 72 43 24 5 91 373 284
x Swift Current Broncos 72 44 26 2 90 388 312
x Regina Pats 72 39 29 4 82 342 286
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 26 43 3 55 348 371
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 20 48 4 44 257 356
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 18 52 2 38 308 458
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Kamloops Blazers 72 45 26 1 91 399 307
x Spokane Chiefs 72 37 32 3 77 330 296
x Victoria Cougars 72 37 34 1 75 346 335
x New Westminster Bruins 72 33 34 5 71 338 358
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 25 45 2 52 313 436
Portland Winter Hawks 72 24 45 3 51 328 449

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Joe Sakic Swift Current Broncos 64 78 82 160 64
Theoren Fleury Moose Jaw Warriors 65 68 92 160 235
Mark Recchi Kamloops Blazers 62 61 93 154 75
Troy Mick Portland Winter Hawks 72 63 84 147 78
Dennis Holland Portland Winter Hawks 67 58 86 144 115
Terry Yake Brandon Wheat Kings 72 55 85 140 59
Craig Endean Regina Pats 69 50 86 136 50
Greg Hawgood Kamloops Blazers 63 48 85 133 142
Trevor Jobe Prince Albert Raiders 72 69 63 132 111
Mike Modano Prince Albert Raiders 65 47 80 127 80

1988 WHL Playoffs[edit]

First round[edit]

  • Saskatoon earned a bye
  • Medicine Hat earned a bye
  • Prince Albert defeated Brandon 3 games to 1
  • Swift Current defeated Regina 3 games to 1

Division semi-finals[edit]

  • Saskatoon defeated Swift Current 4 games to 2
  • Medicine Hat defeated Prince Albert 4 games to 2
  • Kamloops defeated New Westminster 5 games to 0
  • Spokane defeated Victoria 5 games to 3

Division finals[edit]

  • Medicine Hat defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 0
  • Kamloops defeated Spokane 5 games to 2

WHL Championship[edit]

  • Medicine Hat defeated Kamloops 4 games to 2

All-Star game[edit]

On January 12, the East Division defeated the West Division 5–4 at Kamloops, British Columbia before a crowd of 2,689.

WHL awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: Joe Sakic, Swift Current Broncos
Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Kevin Cheveldayoff, Brandon Wheat Kings
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Joe Sakic, Swift Current Broncos
Most Sportsmanlike Player - Brad Hornung Trophy: Craig Endean, Regina Pats
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Greg Hawgood, Kamloops Blazers
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Stu Barnes, New Westminster Bruins
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Troy Gamble, Spokane Chiefs
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Marcel Comeau, Saskatoon Blades
Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy: Jim Loria, Spokane Chiefs
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Saskatoon Blades
WHL Plus-Minus Award: Mark Recchi, Kamloops Blazers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1986–87 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1988–89 WHL season