2006–07 WHL season

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The 2006–07 WHL season was the 41st season for the Western Hockey League. Twenty-one teams completed a 72 game season. The Everett Silvertips won the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy, after having the best record in the WHL during the regular season. The Medicine Hat Tigers won the President's Cup, defeating the Vancouver Giants in seven games. The Giants captured the 2007 Memorial Cup as tournament hosts, defeating the Tigers in the championship game.

League notes[edit]

  • The Chilliwack Bruins joined the WHL as an expansion team, playing in the B.C. Division of the Western Conference.
  • The Kootenay Ice returned to the Central Division of the Eastern Conference.
  • The Swift Current Broncos moved to the East Division of the Eastern Conference.
  • On October 23, three players with the Moose Jaw Warriors were struck by a suspected drunk driver while returning home following a road trip. Two players were treated and released from a Moose Jaw hospital, however Garrett Robinson was critically injured in the accident. [1]
  • The WHL announced that the championship trophy would be renamed the Ed Chynoweth Cup in honour of Ed Chynoweth, who served as WHL president from 1972 until 1995, and two terms as Chairman of the Board following. [2]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

East Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y Brandon Wheat Kings 72 41 20 3 8 93 258 214
x Regina Pats 72 36 28 2 6 80 234 220
x Swift Current Broncos 72 33 36 1 2 69 199 241
x Prince Albert Raiders 72 27 39 3 3 60 203 266
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 28 41 3 0 59 217 271
Saskatoon Blades 72 27 41 2 2 58 174 231
Central Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y Medicine Hat Tigers 72 52 17 3 0 107 264 175
x Kootenay Ice 72 49 17 3 3 104 267 189
x Calgary Hitmen 72 39 26 3 4 85 251 205
x Red Deer Rebels 72 35 28 4 5 79 206 214
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 33 34 2 3 71 254 265

Western Conference[edit]

B.C. Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y Vancouver Giants 72 45 17 3 7 100 245 143
x Kamloops Blazers 72 40 26 4 2 86 245 222
x Prince George Cougars 72 33 31 3 5 74 221 217
x Chilliwack Bruins 72 25 40 5 2 57 169 260
Kelowna Rockets 72 22 41 5 4 53 156 245
U.S. Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y Everett Silvertips 72 54 15 1 2 111 239 142
x Tri-City Americans 72 47 23 1 1 96 240 190
x Seattle Thunderbirds 72 37 21 3 11 88 209 186
x Spokane Chiefs 72 36 28 4 4 80 232 217
Portland Winter Hawks 72 17 52 1 2 37 146 316

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Zach Hamill Everett Silvertips 69 32 61 93 90
Steve DaSilva Kootenay Ice 71 38 53 91 108
Zach Boychuk Lethbridge Hurricanes 69 31 60 91 52
Ryan White Calgary Hitmen 72 34 55 89 97
Codey Burki Brandon Wheat Kings 70 36 49 85 83
Martin Hanzal Red Deer Rebels 60 26 59 85 94
Mitch Fadden Lethbridge Hurricanes 71 36 48 84 54
Riley Holzapfel Moose Jaw Warriors 72 39 43 82 94
Mark Santorelli Chilliwack Bruins 72 29 53 82 46
Mark Derlago Brandon Wheat Kings 72 46 35 81 34

Goaltending leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP Min W L SOL GA SO SV% GAA
Tyson Sexsmith Vancouver Giants 51 3047 31 14 8 91 10 .915 1.79
Leland Irving Everett Silvertips 48 2802 34 10 2 87 11 .929 1.86
David Reekie Regina/Everett 31 1796 21 9 0 59 3 .917 1.97
Derek Yeomans Seattle Thunderbirds 55 3304 30 15 9 117 5 .917 2.12
Taylor Dakers Kootenay Ice 48 2831 33 12 2 102 5 .919 2.16

2007 WHL Playoffs[edit]

Overview[edit]

Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals WHL Championship
                       
C1 Medicine Hat 4
C4 Red Deer 3
C1 Medicine Hat 4
E2 Regina 0
E3 Swift Current 2
E2 Regina 4
C1 Medicine Hat 4
Eastern
C3 Calgary 1
E1 Brandon 4
E4 Prince Albert 1
E1 Brandon 2
C3 Calgary 4
C3 Calgary 4
C2 Kootenay 3
C1 Medicine Hat 4
B1 Vancouver 3
B1 Vancouver 4
B4 Chilliwack 1
B1 Vancouver 4
U3 Seattle 1
U3 Seattle 4
U2 Tri-City 2
B1 Vancouver 4
Western
B3 Prince George 1
U1 Everett 4
U4 Spokane 2
U1 Everett 2
B3 Prince George 4
B3 Prince George 4
B2 Kamloops 0
  • Note:For the first round, the first place team in each division plays the fourth place team; the second place team faces the third. After the first round, the four remaining teams in each conference are reseeded by regular season record.

Conference quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Brandon vs. Prince Albert
Date Away Home
March 23 Prince Albert 3 4 Brandon OT
March 24 Prince Albert 2 3 Brandon OT
Mar 28 Brandon 0 2 Prince Albert
Mar 29 Brandon 7 3 Prince Albert
Mar 31 Brandon 4 2 Prince Albert
Brandon wins 4–1
Regina vs. Swift Current
Date Away Home
March 23 Swift Current 0 4 Regina
March 24 Swift Current 4 3 Regina
March 27 Regina 5 4 Swift Current
March 28 Regina 5 2 Swift Current
March 30 Swift Current 3 2 Regina
April 1 Regina 2 1 Swift Current OT
Regina wins 4–2
Medicine Hat vs. Red Deer
Date Away Home
March 23 Red Deer 6 2 Medicine Hat
March 24 Red Deer 0 5 Medicine Hat
March 27 Medicine Hat 5 3 Red Deer
March 28 Medicine Hat 4 6 Red Deer
March 30 Red Deer 0 4 Medicine Hat
April 1 Medicine Hat 5 6 Red Deer
April 3 Red Deer 0 2 Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat wins 4–3
Kootenay vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
March 23 Calgary 2 1 Kootenay
March 24 Calgary 2 4 Kootenay
March 28 Kootenay 2 3 Calgary
March 29 Kootenay 4 5 Calgary OT
March 31 Calgary 0 4 Kootenay
April 2 Kootenay 4 3 Calgary
April 4 Calgary 3 2 Kootenay OT
Calgary wins 4–3

Western Conference[edit]

Vancouver vs. Chilliwack
Date Away Home
March 23 Chilliwack 4 5 Vancouver OT
March 24 Chilliwack 3 1 Vancouver
March 27 Vancouver 4 0 Chilliwack
March 28 Vancouver 5 1 Chilliwack
March 30 Chilliwack 1 3 Vancouver
Vancouver wins 4–1
Kamloops vs. Prince George
Date Away Home
March 23 Prince George 3 2 Kamloops OT
March 24 Prince George 5 4 Kamloops OT
March 27 Kamloops 3 4 Prince George
March 28 Kamloops 3 4 Prince George OT
Prince George wins 4–0
Everett vs. Spokane
Date Away Home
March 23 Spokane 2 4 Everett
March 24 Spokane 2 3 Everett OT
March 27 Everett 2 3 Spokane
March 28 Everett 1 3 Spokane
March 30 Spokane 1 5 Everett
April 1 Everett 4 1 Spokane
Everett wins 4–2
Tri-City vs. Seattle
Date Away Home
March 23 Seattle 2 0 Tri-City
March 24 Seattle 1 2 Tri-City
March 27 Tri-City 1 3 Seattle
March 28 Tri-City 0 2 Seattle
March 30 Seattle 4 5 Tri-City OT
March 31 Tri-City 2 7 Seattle
Seattle wins 4–2

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference
Medicine Hat vs. Regina
Date Away Home
April 7 Regina 1 4 Medicine Hat
April 9 Regina 2 7 Medicine Hat
April 11 Medicine Hat 2 1 Regina OT
April 13 Medicine Hat 6 3 Regina
Medicine Hat wins 4–0
Brandon vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
April 6 Calgary 3 4 Brandon OT
April 7 Calgary 2 3 Brandon
April 10 Brandon 1 8 Calgary
April 11 Brandon 1 5 Calgary
April 13 Calgary 5 4 Brandon OT
April 15 Brandon 1 4 Calgary
Calgary wins 4–2
Western Conference
Everett vs. Prince George
Date Away Home
April 6 Prince George 2 3 Everett
April 7 Prince George 2 3 Everett OT
April 10 Everett 1 5 Prince George
April 11 Everett 3 4 Prince George OT
April 14 Prince George 4 3 Everett
April 16 Everett 2 8 Prince George
Prince George wins 4–2
Vancouver vs. Seattle
Date Away Home
April 6 Seattle 4 3 Vancouver OT
April 7 Seattle 1 3 Vancouver
April 10 Vancouver 9 2 Seattle
April 11 Vancouver 3 1 Seattle
April 13 Seattle 1 5 Vancouver
Vancouver wins 4–1

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Medicine Hat vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
April 20 Calgary 0 2 Medicine Hat
April 21 Calgary 1 4 Medicine Hat
April 23 Medicine Hat 2 4 Calgary
April 25 Medicine Hat 3 1 Calgary
April 27 Calgary 3 4 Medicine Hat OT
Medicine Hat wins 4–1
Vancouver vs. Prince George
Date Away Home
April 20 Prince George 2 3 Vancouver
April 21 Prince George 2 6 Vancouver
April 24 Vancouver 4 1 Prince George
April 25 Vancouver 2 3 Prince George OT
April 27 Prince George 1 5 Vancouver
Vancouver wins 4–1

WHL Championship[edit]

Vancouver vs. Medicine Hat
Date Away Home
May 4 Vancouver 1 0 Medicine Hat
May 5 Vancouver 2 3 Medicine Hat
May 8 Medicine Hat 3 2 Vancouver OT
May 9 Medicine Hat 0 4 Vancouver
May 11 Medicine Hat 0 3 Vancouver
May 13 Vancouver 3 4 Medicine Hat
May 14 Vancouver 2 3 Medicine Hat 2OT
Medicine Hat wins 4–3

Memorial Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007 Memorial Cup

The Vancouver Giants hosted the 2007 Memorial Cup tournament, which also featured the WHL champion Medicine Hat Tigers. The Plymouth Whalers represented the Ontario Hockey League, and the Lewiston Maineiacs represented the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Tigers earned a spot in the Championship game with a 2–1 round robin record, falling 3–1 to the Maineiacs before defeating the Whalers 4–1, and the Giants 1–0.

The Giants also finished 2–1, defeating Plymouth 4–3 in Overtime and Lewiston 2–1. Their loss to Medicine Hat dropped them into a semi-final game.

The Giants prevailed in the semi-final to meet the Tigers in the Cup Final, and defeated Medicine Hat 3–1 to take the title.

2006 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge[edit]

On November 29, the WHL defeated the Russian Selects 5–3 before a crowd of 4,404 at Chilliwack, British Columbia.

On November 30, the WHL defeated the Russian Selects 8–1 before a crowd of 4,136 at Kamloops, British Columbia.

All time, the WHL has an 8–0 lead in the series which began in 2003.

WHL awards[edit]

Player of the Year Four Broncos Memorial Trophy Kris Russell Medicine Hat Tigers
Scholastic Player of the Year Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy Keith Aulie Brandon Wheat Kings
Top Scorer Bob Clarke Trophy Zach Hamill Everett Silvertips
Most Sportsmanlike Player Brad Hornung Trophy Aaron Gagnon Seattle Thunderbirds
Top Defenseman Bill Hunter Trophy Kris Russell Medicine Hat Tigers
Rookie of the Year Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy Kyle Beach Everett Silvertips
Top Goaltender Del Wilson Trophy Carey Price Tri-City Americans
Coach of the Year Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy Cory Clouston Kootenay Ice
Executive of the Year Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy Bob Tory Tri-City Americans
Top Official Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy Andy Thiessen
Marketing/Public Relations Award St. Clair Group Trophy Bruce Vance Prince Albert Raiders
Humanitarian of the Year Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy Kyle Moir Swift Current Broncos
Top +/- Statistic, Individual WHL Plus-Minus Award Jonathon Blum Vancouver Giants
Playoff Most Valuable Player airBC Trophy Matt Keetley Medicine Hat Tigers

2007 Bantam draft[edit]

The 2007 WHL Bantam Draft was the 18th Bantam Draft. It was hosted by the Stampede Park Round-Up Centre on Thursday May 3, 2007, via the internet.

List of first round picks in the bantam draft.
# Player Nationality WHL Team
1 Quinton Howden (LW)  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (via Portland)
2 Luke Moffatt (C)  United States Kelowna Rockets
3 Mark Pysyk (D)  Canada Edmonton Oil Kings
4 Charles Inglis (C)  Canada Saskatoon Blades
5 Bradley Ross (LW)  Canada Portland Winter Hawks (via Moose Jaw)
6 Alex Theriau (D)  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes
7 Kevin Sundher (C)  Canada Chilliwack Bruins
8 Ryan Aasman (D)  Canada Prince Albert Raiders
9 Christian Magnus (C)  Canada Swift Current Broncos
10 Brett Connolly (C)  Canada Prince George Cougars
11 Connor Redmond (LW)  Canada Red Deer Rebels
12 Michael Betz (LW)  Canada Spokane Chiefs
13 Dominick Favreau (C)  Canada Regina Pats
14 Austin Madaisky (D)  Canada Calgary Hitmen
15 Brendan Ranford (LW)  Canada Kamloops Blazers
16 Erik Fleming (D)  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds
17 Brandon Regier (RW)  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings
18 Mark Reners (RW)  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes (via Tri-City)
19 Mitch Spooner (D)  Canada Vancouver Giants
20 Drew Czerwonka (LW)  Canada Kootenay Ice
21 Tyler Bunz (G)  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers
22 Kent Simpson (G)  Canada Everett Silvertips

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
2005–06 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
2007–08 WHL season