2001–02 WHL season

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The 2001–02 WHL season was the 36th season for the Western Hockey League. Nineteen teams completed a 72 game season. The Kootenay Ice won the President's Cup before going on to win the Memorial Cup.

League notes[edit]

  • The Vancouver Giants joined the WHL as its 19th franchise.
  • The Swift Current Broncos moved from the East division to the Central division.
  • The Kootenay Ice moved from the Central division to the B.C. division.
  • With the addition of the Giants, the WHL abandoned the three division format and moved to two conferences of two divisions each. Ten teams in the East and nine in the West.
  • The top four teams in each division qualified for the playoffs, though the 5th place team in the B.C. division could qualify in place of the 4th place team in the U.S. division if they had a better record.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

East Division GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 43 23 4 2 92 261 210
x Regina Pats 72 40 20 4 8 92 252 192
x Moose Jaw Warriors 72 30 34 6 2 68 226 239
x Saskatoon Blades 72 27 37 5 3 62 216 257
Prince Albert Raiders 72 26 41 2 3 57 234 324
Central Division GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
x Red Deer Rebels 72 46 18 7 1 100 264 184
x Swift Current Broncos 72 42 17 6 7 97 274 218
x Calgary Hitmen 72 33 33 5 1 72 271 281
x Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 33 33 6 0 72 266 247
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 30 36 4 2 66 277 316

Western Conference[edit]

B.C. Division GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
x Kamloops Blazers 72 38 25 5 4 85 263 230
x Kootenay Ice 72 38 27 7 0 83 276 223
x Prince George Cougars 72 34 27 9 2 79 244 215
x Kelowna Rockets 72 31 26 10 5 77 257 232
Vancouver Giants 72 13 49 6 4 36 198 365
U.S. Division GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 36 25 5 6 83 269 243
x Spokane Chiefs 72 33 25 11 3 80 223 206
x Tri-City Americans 72 31 31 10 0 72 260 271
x Seattle Thunderbirds 72 21 40 6 5 53 235 313

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Nathan Barrett Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 45 62 107 100
Joffrey Lupul Medicine Hat Tigers 72 56 50 106 95
Eric Johansson Tri-City Americans 69 44 59 103 73
Tyler Beechey Kootenay/Calgary 70 44 55 99 104
Josef Balej Portland Winter Hawks 65 51 41 92 52
Jeremy Jackson Vancouver/Lethbridge 71 38 53 91 91
Mikhail Yakubov Red Deer Rebels 71 32 57 89 54
Josh Olson Portland Winter Hawks 72 40 48 88 85
Duncan Milroy Swift Current/Kootenay 64 45 42 87 44
Justin Kelly Saskatoon Blades 72 39 47 86 47

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
Cam Ward Red Deer Rebels 46 2695 30 11 4 102 1 .911 2.27
Josh Harding Regina Pats 42 3289 27 13 1 95 4 .906 2.39
Shane Bendera Red Deer/Kelowna 50 3030 24 15 11 125 1 .912 2.47
Barry Brust Spokane Chiefs 60 3542 28 21 10 152 1 .912 2.57
Billy Thompson Prince George Cougars 42 2378 20 17 2 108 2 .913 2.72

2002 WHL Playoffs[edit]

Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals WHL Championship
                       
E1 Brandon 4
E4 Saskatoon 3
C1 Red Deer 4
E3 Moose Jaw 2
E2 Regina 2
E3 Moose Jaw 4
E1 Brandon 3
Eastern
C1 Red Deer 4
C1 Red Deer 4
C4 Lethbridge 0
E1 Brandon 4
C2 Swift Current 1
C2 Swift Current 4
C3 Calgary 3
C1 Red Deer 2
B2 Kootenay 4
B1 Kamloops 0
B4 Kelowna' 4
B2 Kootenay 4
U4 Seattle 0
B2 Kootenay 4
B3 Prince George 3
B2 Kootenay 4
Western
B4 Kelowna 1
U1 Portland 3
U4 Seattle 4
U2 Spokane 2
B4 Kelowna 4
U2 Spokane 4
U3 Tri-City 1

Conference quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Brandon vs. Saskatoon
Date Away Home
March 23 Brandon 1 2 Saskatoon OT
March 24 Brandon 2 0 Saskatoon
March 26 Saskatoon 1 3 Brandon
March 27 Saskatoon 2 1 Brandon 2OT
March 31 Brandon 2 3 Saskatoon OT
April 2 Saskatoon 1 4 Brandon
April 3 Saskatoon 1 2 Brandon
Brandon wins series 4–3
Regina vs. Moose Jaw
Date Away Home
March 22 Moose Jaw 3 2 Regina OT
March 23 Moose Jaw 3 5 Regina
March 26 Regina 2 1 Moose Jaw
March 27 Regina 1 3 Moose Jaw
March 29 Moose Jaw 2 1 Regina
March 31 Regina 2 5 Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw wins series 4–2
Red Deer vs. Lethbridge
Date Away Home
March 22 Lethbridge 2 4 Red Deer
March 23 Lethbridge 3 5 Red Deer
March 26 Red Deer 5 2 Lethbridge
March 27 Red Deer 3 2 Lethbridge
Red Deer wins series 4–0
Swift Current vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
March 22 Calgary 4 2 Swift Current
March 23 Calgary 2 4 Swift Current
March 26 Swift Current 5 1 Calgary
March 27 Swift Current 1 3 Calgary
March 29 Calgary 4 5 Swift Current
March 31 Swift Current 2 5 Calgary
April 2 Calgary 1 3 Swift Current
Swift Current wins series 4–3

Western Conference[edit]

Kamloops vs. Kelowna
Date Away Home
March 22 Kelowna 4 1 Kamloops
March 23 Kelowna 3 0 Kamloops
March 27 Kamloops 2 4 Kelowna
March 28 Kamloops 1 3 Kelowna
Kelowna wins series 4–0
Kootenay vs. Prince George
Date Away Home
March 22 Prince George 4 1 Kootenay
March 23 Prince George 3 1 Kootenay
March 26 Kootenay 6 0 Prince George
March 27 Kootenay 4 2 Prince George
March 29 Kootenay 5 3 Prince George
April 1 Prince George 6 3 Kootenay
April 2 Prince George 1 5 Kootenay
Kootenay wins series 4–3
Portland vs. Seattle
Date Away Home
March 22 Seattle 3 4 Portland
March 23 Seattle 6 2 Portland
March 26 Portland 2 3 Seattle
March 28 Portland 3 2 Seattle
March 29 Seattle 1 0 Portland
March 30 Portland 4 0 Seattle
April 2 Seattle 3 2 Portland
Seattle wins series 4–3
Spokane vs. Tri-City
Date Away Home
March 22 Tri-City 1 4 Spokane
March 23 Tri-City 3 7 Spokane
March 27 Spokane 2 1 Tri-City
March 29 Spokane 2 3 Tri-City OT
March 30 Tri-City 1 Spokane 2 OT
Spokane wins series 4–1

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference
Red Deer vs. Moose Jaw
Date Away Home
April 5 Moose Jaw 4 0 Red Deer
April 6 Moose Jaw 3 5 Red Deer
April 9 Red Deer 2 3 Moose Jaw OT
April 10 Red Deer 2 1 Moose Jaw OT
April 12 Moose Jaw 0 6 Red Deer
April 14 Red Deer 4 2 Moose Jaw
Red Deer wins series 4–2
Swift Current vs. Brandon
Date Away Home
April 5 Brandon 2 3 Swift Current
April 6 Brandon 3 2 Swift Current OT
April 9 Swift Current 1 4 Brandon
April 10 Swift Current 3 4 Brandon OT
April 12 Brandon 4 3 Swift Current
Brandon wins series 4–1
Western Conference
Kootenay vs Seattle
Date Away Home
April 5 Seattle 1 3 Kootenay
April 6 Seattle 1 7 Kootenay
April 9 Kootenay 5 2 Seattle
April 11 Kootenay 5 3 Seattle
Kootenay wins series 4–0
Spokane vs. Kelowna
Date Away Home
April 5 Kelowna 2 3 Spokane
April 7 Spokane 3 2 Kelowna OT
April 8 Spokane 1 2 Kelowna
April 10 Kelowna 8 2 Spokane
April 11 Kelowna 2 1 Spokane 2OT
April 13 Spokane 0 2 Kelowna
Kelowna wins series 4–2

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Red Deer vs. Brandon
Date Away Home
April 19 Brandon 2 1 Red Deer OT
April 20 Brandon 2 4 Red Deer
April 23 Red Deer 4 5 Brandon 2OT
April 24 Red Deer 2 5 Brandon
April 26 Brandon 0 4 Red Deer
April 28 Red Deer 3 2 Brandon 2OT
April 30 Brandon 2 5 Red Deer
Red Deer wins series 4–3
Kootenay vs. Kelowna
Date Away Home
April 19 Kelowna 2 3 Kootenay
April 20 Kelowna 4 5 Kootenay
April 23 Kootenay 1 5 Kelowna
April 24 Kootenay 4 2 Kelowna
April 26 Kelowna 0 3 Kootenay
Kootenay wins series 4–1

WHL Championship[edit]

Red Deer vs. Kootenay
Date Away Home
May 3 Kootenay 2 1 Red Deer OT
May 4 Kootenay 1 2 Red Deer
May 7 Red Deer 2 3 Kootenay OT
May 8 Red Deer 3 2 Kootenay
May 11 Kootenay 4 3 Red Deer
May 13 Red Deer 2 3 Kootenay 2OT
Kootenay wins series 4–2

All-Star game[edit]

On January 24, the WHL Eastern All-Stars were defeated by the OHL Western All-Stars 7–2 at Red Deer, Alberta with a crowd of 6,259.

On February 6, the WHL Western All-Stars defeated the QMJHL Dilio All-Stars 9–4 at Rimouski, Quebec with a crowd of 4,762.

WHL awards[edit]

Player of the Year - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: Dan Hamhuis, Prince George Cougars
Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Tyler Metcalfe, Seattle Thunderbirds
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Nathan Barrett, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Most Sportsmanlike Player - Brad Hornung Trophy: Ian White, Swift Current Broncos
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Dan Hamhuis, Prince George Cougars
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Braydon Coburn, Portland Winter Hawks
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Cam Ward, Red Deer Rebels
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Bob Lowes, Regina Pats
Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy: Brad McEwan, Swift Current Broncos
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: Greg McConkey, Red Deer Rebels
Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy - Brandin Cote, Spokane Chiefs
WHL Plus-Minus Award: Matt Hubbauer, Regina Pats
Playoff Most Valuable Player - airBC Trophy: Duncan Milroy, Kootenay Ice

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
2000–01 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
2002–03 WHL season