2000–01 WHL season

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The 2000–01 WHL season was the 35th season for the Western Hockey League. Eighteen teams completed a 72 game season. The Red Deer Rebels won the President's Cup before going on to win the Memorial Cup.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

East Division GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
x Swift Current Broncos 72 43 20 7 2 95 275 215
x Regina Pats 72 40 27 3 2 85 285 242
x Moose Jaw Warriors 72 34 29 4 5 77 287 291
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 32 32 5 3 72 244 242
Saskatoon Blades 72 19 43 5 5 48 193 265
Prince Albert Raiders 72 18 47 3 4 43 204 348
Central Division GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
x Red Deer Rebels 72 54 12 3 3 114 304 168
x Kootenay Ice 72 45 17 4 6 100 286 213
x Calgary Hitmen 72 37 27 5 3 82 284 250
x Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 29 35 4 4 66 200 229
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 24 40 5 4 56 271 316
West Division GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
x Kelowna Rockets 72 37 23 7 5 86 259 240
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 37 27 5 3 82 244 237
x Kamloops Blazers 72 35 28 7 2 79 289 274
x Spokane Chiefs 72 35 28 7 2 79 242 219
x Prince George Cougars 72 31 33 4 4 70 242 266
x Seattle Earnhardts 72 30 33 8 1 69 262 299
Tri-City Americans 72 21 36 8 7 57 217 284

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Justin Mapletoft Red Deer Rebels 70 43 77 120 111
Layne Ulmer Swift Current Broncos 68 63 56 119 75
Jared Aulin Kamloops Blazers 70 31 77 108 62
Jarret Stoll Kootenay Ice 62 40 66 106 105
Blake Evans Tri-City/Regina 67 52 50 102 120
Kyle Wanvig Red Deer Rebels 69 55 46 101 202
Konstantin Benjovski Kamloops Blazers 69 44 56 100 52
Jordan Krestanovich Calgary Hitmen 70 40 60 100 32
Nathan Barrett Lethbridge Hurricanes 70 46 53 99 66
Rory McDade Kelowna Rockets 72 28 70 98 50

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
Shane Bendera Red Deer Rebels 45 2604 32 8 2 107 5 .903 2.47
B. J. Boxma Kootenay/Swift Current 48 2791 28 15 2 123 0 .903 2.64
Dan Blackburn Kootenay Ice 50 2924 33 14 2 135 1 .907 2.77
Michael Garnett Red Deer/Saskatoon 49 2640 21 22 3 122 4 .902 2.77
Joel Martin Lethbridge Hurricanes 44 2352 17 18 1 107 2 .884 2.88

2001 WHL Playoffs[edit]

Conference quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Red Deer vs. Lethbridge
Date Away Home
March 23 Lethbridge 3 2 Red Deer OT
March 24 Lethbridge 0 5 Red Deer
March 27 Red Deer 6 1 Lethbridge
March 28 Red Deer 6 0 Lethbridge
March 30 Lethbridge 2 7 Red Deer
Red Deer wins series 4–1
Swift Current vs. Brandon
Date Away Home
March 23 Brandon 3 0 Swift Current
March 24 Brandon 2 4 Swift Current
March 26 Swift Current 4 3 Brandon 2OT
March 27 Swift Current 3 2 Brandon
March 30 Brandon 5 2 Swift Current
April 2 Swift Current 3 2 Brandon
Swift Current wins series 4–2
Regina vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
March 23 Calgary 2 5 Regina
March 24 Calgary 4 1 Regina
March 26 Regina 3 4 Calgary OT
March 28 Regina 2 7 Calgary
March 29 Calgary 1 4 Regina
April 1 Regina 3 4 Calgary
Calgary wins series 4–2
Kootenay vs. Moose Jaw
Date Away Home
March 23 Moose Jaw 2 6 Kootenay
March 24 Moose Jaw 0 4 Kootenay
March 27 Kootenay 8 3 Moose Jaw
March 28 Kootenay 5 1 Moose Jaw
Kootenay wins series 4–0

Western Conference[edit]

Kelowna vs. Seattle
Date Away Home
March 30 Seattle 5 4 Kelowna OT
March 31 Seattle 0 1 Kelowna
April 5 Kelowna 1 5 Seattle
April 6 Kelowna 2 3 Seattle OT
April 8 Seattle 1 2 Kelowna OT
April 9 Kelowna 2 4 Seattle
Seattle wins series 4–2
Portland vs. Prince George
Date Away Home
March 30 Prince George 2 5 Portland
March 31 Prince George 2 3 Portland OT
April 3 Portland 3 6 Prince George
April 4 Portland 4 5 Prince George OT
April 7 Prince George 0 6 Portland
April 9 Portland 5 3 Prince George
Portland wins series 4–2
Kamloops vs. Spokane
Date Away Home
March 30 Spokane 3 1 Kamloops
April 1 Spokane 5 2 Kamloops
April 3 Kamloops 2 9 Spokane
April 4 Kamloops 0 3 Spokane
Spokane wins series 4–0

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference
Red Deer vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
April 6 Calgary 4 1 Red Deer
April 7 Calgary 2 3 Red Deer 2OT
April 11 Red Deer 6 2 Calgary
April 12 Red Deer 1 3 Calgary
April 13 Calgary 3 4 Red Deer
April 14 Red Deer 4 0 Calgary
Red Deer wins series 4–2
Kootenay vs. Swift Current
Date Away Home
April 6 Swift Current 1 7 Kootenay
April 7 Swift Current 3 1 Kootenay
April 10 Kootenay 3 2 Swift Current OT
April 11 Kootenay 3 4 Swift Current 3OT
April 13 Swift Current 2 3 Kootenay
April 15 Kootenay 2 3 Swift Current
April 17 Swift Current 3 2 Kootenay
Swift Current wins series 4–3
Western Conference
Spokane vs. Seattle
Date Away Home
April 13 Seattle 3 5 Spokane
April 14 Seattle 1 4 Spokane
April 16 Spokane 3 2 Seattle
Spokane wins series 3–0
Portland earns bye

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Red Deer vs. Swift Current
Date Away Home
April 20 Swift Current 4 3 Red Deer OT
April 21 Swift Current 2 3 Red Deer
April 24 Red Deer 2 3 Swift Current OT
April 25 Red Deer 2 1 Swift Current
April 27 Swift Current 1 3 Red Deer
April 29 Red Deer 4 0 Swift Current
Red Deer wins series 4–2
Portland vs. Spokane
Date Away Home
April 21 Spokane 0 3 Portland
April 22 Spokane 1 2 Portland OT
April 24 Portland 2 1 Spokane
April 25 Portland 0 3 Spokane
April 27 Spokane 1 4 Portland
Portland wins series 4–1

WHL Championship[edit]

Red Deer vs. Portand
Date Away Home
May 4 Portland 2 3 Red Deer
May 5 Portland 4 5 Red Deer
May 9 Red Deer 2 3 Portland OT
May 11 Red Deer 4 1 Portland
May 12 Red Deer 4 3 Portland
Red Deer wins series 4–1

All-Star game[edit]

On January 24, the WHL Eastern All-stars were defeated by the OHL Western All-stars 5–2 at Guelph, Ontario before a crowd of 5,074.

On January 31, the WHL Western All-stars were defeated by the QMJHL Dilio All-stars 7–5 at Kamloops, British Columbia before a crowd of 4,103.

WHL awards[edit]

Player of the Year - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: Justin Mapletoft, Red Deer Rebels
Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Dan Hulak, Portland Winter Hawks
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Justin Mapletoft, Red Deer Rebels
Most Sportsmanlike Player - Brad Hornung Trophy: Matt Kinch, Calgary Hitmen
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Christian Chartier, Prince George Cougars
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Scottie Upshall, Kamloops Blazers
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Dan Blackburn, Kootenay Ice
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Brent Sutter, Red Deer Rebels
Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy: Brent Sutter, Red Deer Rebels
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Red Deer Rebels
Top Official - Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy: Kevin Acheson
Marketing/Public Relations Award - St. Clair Group Trophy: Mark Miles, Spokane Chiefs
Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy - Jim Vandermeer, Red Deer Rebels
WHL Plus-Minus Award: Jim Vandermeer, Red Deer Rebels
Playoff Most Valuable Player - airBC Trophy: Shane Bendera, Red Deer Rebels

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1999–2000 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
2001–02 WHL season