1998–99 WHL season

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The 1998–99 WHL season was the 33rd season for the Western Hockey League. Eighteen teams completed a 72 game season. The Calgary Hitmen won the President's Cup.

League notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Prince Albert Raiders 72 45 22 5 95 288 213
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 39 29 4 82 293 267
x Moose Jaw Warriors 72 39 31 2 80 292 262
x Swift Current Broncos 72 34 32 6 74 232 211
Regina Pats 72 24 43 5 53 238 312
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 49 7 39 184 291
Central Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Calgary Hitmen 72 51 13 8 110 319 187
x Red Deer Rebels 72 34 33 5 73 274 250
x Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 31 32 9 71 224 215
x Kootenay Ice 72 30 35 7 67 245 276
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 15 56 1 31 185 323
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Kamloops Blazers 72 48 11 13 109 298 195
x Tri-City Americans 72 43 23 6 92 311 219
x Seattle Thunderbirds 72 37 24 11 85 279 236
x Prince George Cougars 72 34 32 6 74 255 264
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 23 36 13 59 215 278
x Kelowna Rockets 72 25 42 5 55 241 282
Spokane Chiefs 72 19 44 9 47 193 268

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Pavel Brendl Calgary Hitmen 68 73 61 134 40
Brad Moran Calgary Hitmen 71 60 58 118 96
Dylan Gyori Tri-City Americans 69 53 65 118 112
Chad Hinz Moose Jaw Warriors 71 42 75 117 40
Scott Gomez Tri-City Americans 58 30 78 108 55
Shawn McNeil Red Deer Rebels 72 44 59 103 87
Brett McLean Kelowna/Brandon 65 47 54 101 66
Bret DeCecco Seattle Thunderbirds 72 57 43 100 81
Ryan Robson Brandon Wheat Kings 72 33 61 94 35
Oleg Saprykin Seattle Thunderbirds 66 47 46 93 107

Goaltending leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties ; GA = Goals against; SO = Total shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Kenric Exner Kamloops Blazers 51 2967 34 6 8 114 5 .912 2.31
Bryce Wandler Swift Current Broncos 51 2885 23 20 4 123 3 .905 2.56
Alexandre Fomitchev Calgary Hitmen 57 3321 39 10 7 142 4 .901 2.57
Evan Lindsay Prince Albert Raiders 56 3336 34 16 5 158 1 .905 2.84
Cody Rudkowsky Seattle Thunderbirds 64 3670 34 17 10 177 7 .920 2.89

1999 WHL Playoffs[edit]

Conference quarterfinals[edit]

  • Top eight teams in the Eastern Conference (East and Central divisions) qualified for playoffs
  • Top six teams in the Western Conference (division) qualified for the playoffs

Eastern Conference[edit]

Calgary vs. Kootenay
Date Away Home
March 24 Kootenay 5 7 Calgary
March 26 Calgary 3 6 Kootenay
March 27 Calgary 4 5 Kootenay OT
March 29 Kootenay 2 5 Calgary
March 31 Kootenay 2 3 Calgary
April 1 Calgary 3 4 Kootenay
April 2 Kootenay 3 8 Calgary
Calgary wins series 4–3
Prince Albert vs. Lethbridge
Date Away Home
March 24 Lethbridge 1 7 Prince Albert
March 26 Lethbridge 2 3 Prince Albert
March 27 Prince Albert 11 2 Lethbridge
March 29 Prince Albert 4 1 Lethbridge
Prince Albert wins series 4–0
Moose Jaw vs. Swift Current
Date Away Home
March 25 Swift Current 2 3 Moose Jaw
March 26 Swift Current 2 4 Moose Jaw
March 28 Moose Jaw 3 4 Swift Current OT
March 30 Moose Jaw 5 3 Swift Current
March 31 Swift Current 2 0 Moose Jaw
April 2 Moose Jaw 3 2 Swift Current
Moose Jaw wins series 4–2
Red Deer vs. Brandon
Date Away Home
March 24 Red Deer 5 2 Brandon
March 25 Red Deer 5 1 Brandon
March 27 Brandon 5 9 Red Deer
March 28 Brandon 4 3 Red Deer
March 30 Red Deer 7 3 Brandon
Red Deer wins series 4–1

Western Conference[edit]

Kamloops vs. Kelowna
Date Away Home
March 25 Kelowna 1 2 Kamloops
March 36 Kelowna 1 3 Kamloops
March 30 Kamloops 1 3 Kelowna
April 1 Kamloops 3 1 Kelowna
April 3 Kelowna 4 3 Kamloops
April 4 Kamloops 3 2 Kelowna
Kamloops wins series 4–2
Tri-City vs. Portland
Date Away Home
March 26 Portland 3 4 Tri-City OT
March 27 Portland 2 6 Tri-City
March 31 Tri-City 3 2 Portland OT
April 2 Tri-City 6 2 Portland
Tri-City wins series 4–0
Seattle vs. Prince George
Date Away Home
March 27 Prince George 2 5 Seattle
March 28 Prince George 1 3 Seattle
March 30 Seattle 4 5 Prince George
March 31 Seattle 3 2 Prince George
April 3 Prince George 3 1 Seattle
April 5 Seattle 1 4 Prince George
April 7 Prince George 0 6 Seattle
Seattle wins series 4–3

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference
Calgary vs. Red Deer
Date Away Home
April 5 Red Deer 3 6 Calgary
April 6 Calgary 4 3 Red Deer OT
April 8 Red Deer 2 4 Calgary
April 9 Calgary 3 1 Red Deer
Calgary wins series 4–0
Prince Albert vs. Moose Jaw
Date Away Home
April 5 Moose Jaw 1 5 Prince Albert
April 6 Moose Jaw 2 5 Prince Albert
April 8 Prince Albert 6 0 Moose Jaw
April 9 Prince Albert 3 4 Moose Jaw
April 11 Moose Jaw 3 8 Prince Albert
Prince Albert wins series 4–1
Western Conference
Tri-City vs. Seattle
Date Away Home
April 9 Seattle 4 3 Tri-City
April 10 Seattle 0 6 Tri-City
April 12 Tri-City 4 0 Seattle
April 13 Tri-City 4 2 Seattle
Tri-City wins series 3–1
Kamloops earns bye

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Calgary vs. Prince Albert
Date Away Home
April 16 Prince Albert 3 7 Calgary
April 18 Prince Albert 4 5 Calgary OT
April 20 Calgary 5 6 Prince Albert
April 22 Calgary 7 1 Prince Albert
April 24 Prince Albert 2 6 Calgary
Calgary wins series 4–1
Kamloops vs. Tri-City
Date Away Home
April 17 Tri-City 3 4 Kamloops
April 18 Tri-City 0 6 Kamloops
April 21 Kamloops 3 2 Tri-City OT
April 22 Kamloops 4 3 Tri-City
Kamloops wins series 4–0

WHL Championship[edit]

Calgary vs. Kamloops
Date Away Home
April 30 Kamloops 4 2 Calgary
May 2 Kamloops 0 5 Calgary
May 4 Calgary 4 2 Kamloops
May 5 Calgary 4 3 Kamloops 2OT
May 7 Kamloops 2 5 Calgary
Calgary wins series 4–1

All-Star game[edit]

On January 20, the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 11–9 at Lethbridge, Alberta before a crowd of 5,071.

WHL awards[edit]

Player of the Year - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: Cody Rudkowsky, Seattle Thunderbirds
Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Chris Nielson, Calgary Hitmen
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Pavel Brendl, Calgary Hitmen
Most Sportsmanlike Player - Brad Hornung Trophy: Matt Kinch, Calgary Hitmen
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Brad Stuart, Calgary Hitmen
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Pavel Brendl, Calgary Hitmen
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Cody Rudkowsky, Seattle Thunderbirds
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Don Hay, Tri-City Americans
Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy: Don Hay, Tri-City Americans
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Calgary Hitmen
Top Official - Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy: Kelly Sutherland
Marketing/Public Relations Award - St. Clair Group Trophy: Scott Clark, Regina Pats
Humanitarian of the Year - Andrew Ference, Portland Winter Hawks
WHL Plus-Minus Award: Pavel Brendl, Calgary Hitmen
Playoff Most Valuable Player - airBC Trophy: Brad Moran, Calgary Hitmen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1997–98 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1999–2000 WHL season