2005–06 WHL season

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The 2005–06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. Twenty teams completed a 72 game schedule. The Vancouver Giants won the President's Cup.

League notes[edit]

The WHL announced that it would adopt many of the new rules put in place by the NHL this season to increase scoring. They are:

  • Shootouts: Ties no longer count in the standings, and are replaced with the shootout. Shootout losses will count as one point in the standings.
  • Tighter standard of officiating, especially as it relates to obstruction fouls.
  • Goaltender restriction zone or the "trapezoid", will be employed. Goaltenders will be forbidden from playing the puck in the corners behind the goal line. A violation will merit a two minute delay of game penalty.
  • Tag-up Offside rule will be used.
  • The centre ice red line will no longer be considered for the purpose of determining an offside (two-line) pass.
  • Any player who shoots the puck over the glass and out of play from their defensive zone will receive a delay of game penalty.
  • Any team called for icing the puck from within their defensive zone will not be permitted a line change. Unlike the NHL, any team that ices the puck from their half of the neutral zone will be permitted to change.

It is worth noting that the WHL did not move the goal and blue lines to increase the size of the offensive zones like the NHL, as the league felt that the teams did not have enough time to modify their arenas. Thus, only the Calgary Hitmen, who share an arena with the Calgary Flames play using the new alignment. The new standard will be employed by the remaining teams beginning in 2006–07.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

East Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
x Moose Jaw Warriors 72 44 20 5 3 96 278 205
x Saskatoon Blades 72 41 25 2 4 88 232 217
x Regina Pats 72 40 27 1 4 85 236 234
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 30 32 6 4 70 218 259
Prince Albert Raiders 72 25 36 1 10 61 167 228
Central Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 47 16 1 8 103 257 171
x Calgary Hitmen 72 47 18 3 4 101 195 155
x Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 27 36 3 6 63 195 250
x Swift Current Broncos 72 24 34 6 8 62 175 242
Red Deer Rebels 72 26 40 1 5 58 166 220

Western Conference[edit]

B.C. Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
x Vancouver Giants 72 47 19 0 6 100 252 156
x Kelowna Rockets 72 46 22 1 3 96 243 188
x Kootenay Ice 72 45 23 1 3 94 233 177
x Prince George Cougars 72 35 31 2 4 76 195 195
Kamloops Blazers 72 34 33 2 3 73 179 196
U.S. Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
x Everett Silvertips 72 40 27 2 3 85 203 158
x Seattle Thunderbirds 72 35 31 1 5 76 186 211
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 32 32 3 5 72 204 258
x Tri-City Americans 72 30 35 4 3 67 188 221
Spokane Chiefs 72 25 39 5 3 58 193 254

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Troy Brouwer Moose Jaw Warriors 72 49 53 102 122
Adam Cracknell Kootenay Ice 72 42 51 93 85
Ian McDonald Tri-City Americans 71 37 55 92 16
Dustin Boyd Moose Jaw Warriors 64 48 42 90 34
Justin Keller Kelowna Rockets 72 51 37 88 82
Blair Jones Moose Jaw Warriors 72 35 50 85 85
Devin Setoguchi Saskatoon Blades 65 36 47 83 69
Darren Helm Medicine Hat Tigers 70 41 38 79 37
Ryan Russell Kootenay Ice 72 33 42 75 30
Chad Klassen Spokane/Saskatoon 68 27 48 75 61

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
Justin Pogge Calgary Hitmen 54 3237 38 12 4 93 11 .926 1.72
Dustin Slade Vancouver Giants 55 3319 36 13 5 105 11 .912 1.90
Leland Irving Everett Silvertips 67 3791 37 23 3 121 4 .925 1.91
Matt Keetley Medicine Hat Tigers 62 3741 42 14 5 130 6 .916 2.09
Taylor Dakers Kootenay Ice 47 2671 30 15 1 94 8 .926 2.11

2006 WHL Playoffs[edit]

Overview[edit]

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

Conference quarterfinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Moose Jaw vs. Brandon
Date Away Home
March 24 Brandon 1 5 Moose Jaw
March 25 Brandon 2 1 Moose Jaw
March 27 Moose Jaw 2 3 Brandon
March 30 Moose Jaw 4 1 Brandon
April 2 Brandon 0 1 Moose Jaw
April 4 Moose Jaw 5 0 Brandon
Moose Jaw wins 4–2
Saskatoon vs. Regina
Date Away Home
March 24 Regina 2 3 Saskatoon OT
March 25 Regina 1 4 Saskatoon
March 28 Saskatoon 4 5 Regina OT
March 29 Saskatoon 5 3 Regina
March 31 Regina 5 2 Saskatoon
April 4 Saskatoon 5 1 Regina
Saskatoon wins 4–2
Medicine Hat vs. Swift Current
Date Away Home
March 24 Swift Current 2 5 Medicine Hat
March 25 Swift Current 1 7 Medicine Hat
March 28 Medicine Hat 7 1 Swift Current
March 29 Medicine Hat 3 2 Swift Current OT
Medicine Hat wins 4–0
Calgary vs. Lethbridge
Date Away Home
March 24 Calgary 3 2 Lethbridge
March 25 Calgary 2 5 Lethbridge
March 28 Lethbridge 6 4 Calgary
March 30 Lethbridge 1 2 Calgary
April 1 Lethbridge 2 3 Calgary OT
April 2 Calgary 3 2 Lethbridge OT
Calgary wins 4–2

Western Conference[edit]

Vancouver vs. Prince George
Date Away Home
March 24 Prince George 0 3 Vancouver
March 25 Prince George 2 0 Vancouver
March 28 Vancouver 6 0 Prince George
March 29 Vancouver 3 2 Prince George OT
April 1 Prince George 2 5 Vancouver
Vancouver wins 4–1
Kelowna vs. Kootenay
Date Away Home
March 24 Kootenay 3 2 Kelowna 2OT
March 25 Kootenay 1 5 Kelowna
March 28 Kelowna 3 4 Kootenay
March 29 Kelowna 5 4 Kootenay
March 31 Kootenay 1 4 Kelowna
April 2 Kelowna 5 2 Kootenay
Kelowna wins 4–2
Everett vs. Tri-City
Date Away Home
March 24 Tri-City 0 4 Everett
March 25 Tri-City 2 1 Everett
March 28 Everett 2 1 Tri-City OT
March 29 Everett 4 1 Tri-City
March 31 Tri-City 0 2 Everett
Everett wins 4–1
Seattle vs Portland
Date Away Home
March 24 Portland 5 8 Seattle
March 25 Portland 1 0 Seattle
March 28 Seattle 1 2 Portland
March 31 Seattle 6 3 Portland
April 1 Portland 3 2 Seattle
April 4 Seattle 5 2 Portland
April 5 Portland 4 3 Seattle OT
Portland wins 4–3

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference
Medicine Hat vs. Saskatoon
Date Away Home
April 7 Saskatoon 1 5 Medicine Hat
April 8 Saskatoon 3 4 Medicine Hat 3OT
April 11 Medicine Hat 3 2 Saskatoon OT
April 12 Medicine Hat 3 1 Saskatoon
Medicine Hat wins 4–0
Calgary vs. Moose Jaw
Date Away Home
April 8 Moose Jaw 0 3 Calgary
April 9 Moose Jaw 3 2 Calgary OT
April 11 Calgary 2 4 Moose Jaw
April 12 Calgary 2 0 Moose Jaw
April 14 Moose Jaw 3 4 Calgary OT
April 16 Calgary 1 3 Moose Jaw
April 19 Moose Jaw 3 1 Calgary
Moose Jaw wins 4–3
Western Conference
Kelowna vs. Everett
Date Away Home
April 7 Everett 5 3 Kelowna
April 9 Everett 2 3 Kelowna
April 11 Kelowna 0 2 Everett
April 12 Kelowna 2 3 Everett
April 14 Everett 2 3 Kelowna 2OT
April 16 Kelowna 2 6 Everett
Everett wins 4–2
Vancouver vs. Portland
Date Away Home
April 7 Portland 1 0 Vancouver
April 8 Portland 1 7 Vancouver
April 12 Vancouver 4 3 Portland OT
April 13 Vancouver 3 1 Portland
April 16 Portland 0 2 Vancouver
Vancouver wins 4–1

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Medicine Hat vs. Moose Jaw
Date Away Home
April 21 Moose Jaw 3 2 Medicine Hat
April 22 Moose Jaw 4 3 Medicine Hat OT
April 25 Medicine Hat 5 3 Moose Jaw
April 26 Medicine Hat 1 3 Moose Jaw
April 28 Moose Jaw 4 3 Medicine Hat OT
Moose Jaw wins 4–1
Vancouver vs. Everett
Date Away Home
April 21 Everett 2 4 Vancouver
April 22 Everett 0 2 Vancouver
April 25 Vancouver 5 0 Everett
April 27 Vancouver 5 0 Everett
Vancouver wins 4–0

WHL Championship[edit]

Vancouver vs. Moose Jaw
Date Away Home
May 5 Moose Jaw 1 5 Vancouver
May 6 Moose Jaw 5 7 Vancouver
May 8 Vancouver 2 1 Moose Jaw
May 9 Vancouver 6 3 Moose Jaw
Vancouver wins 4–0

ADT Canada-Russia Challenge[edit]

On November 30, Team WHL defeated the Russian Selects 9–2 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan before a crowd of 5,572.

On December 1, Team WHL defeated the Russian Selects 3–1 in Regina, Saskatchewan before a crowd of 4,662.

The WHL has an all time record of 6–0 against the Russian Selects since the tournament began in 2003–04.

WHL awards[edit]

Player of the Year - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: Justin Pogge, Calgary Hitmen
Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Brennen Wray, Moose Jaw Warriors
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Troy Brouwer, Moose Jaw Warriors
Most Sportsmanlike Player - Brad Hornung Trophy: Kris Russell, Medicine Hat Tigers
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Kris Russell, Medicine Hat Tigers
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Peter Mueller, Everett Silvertips
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Justin Pogge, Calgary Hitmen
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Willie Desjardins, Medicine Hat Tigers
Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy: Scott Bonner, Vancouver Giants
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Medicine Hat Tigers
Top Official - Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy: Kyle Rehman
Marketing/Public Relations Award - St. Clair Group Trophy: Dave Andjelic, Medicine Hat Tigers
Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy - Wacey Rabbit, Saskatoon Blades
WHL Plus-Minus Award: Paul Albers, Vancouver Giants
Playoff Most Valuable Player - airBC Trophy: Gilbert Brule, Vancouver Giants

2006 Bantam draft[edit]

The 2006 WHL Bantam Draft took place in Calgary, Alberta on Thursday May 4. It was the 17th annual draft to take place.

List of first round picks in the bantam draft.
# Player Nationality WHL Team
1 Jared Cowen (D)  Canada Spokane Chiefs
2 Landon Ferraro (C)  Canada Red Deer Rebels
3 Ryan Howse (LW)  Canada Chilliwack Bruins
4 Cole Penner (LW)  Canada Prince Albert Raiders
5 Jimmy Bubnick (C)  Canada Kamloops Blazers
6 Cody Eakin (C)  Canada Swift Current Broncos
7 Carter Ashton (LW)  Canada Lethbridge Hurricanes
8 Jason Gardiner (C/LW)  Canada Tri-City Americans
9 Brayden Schenn (C)  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings
10 Riley Boychuk (LW)  Canada Portland Winter Hawks
11 Steve Chaffin (D)  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds
12 Stefan Elliott (D)  Canada Prince George Cougars
13 Kellan Tochkin (RW)  Canada Everett Silvertips
14 Brett Miller (RW)  Canada Regina Pats
15 Mitch Berg (D)  Canada Saskatoon Blades
16 Nathan Lieuwen (G)  Canada Kootenay Ice
17 Justin Maylan (RW)  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors
18 Tyson Barrie (D)  Canada Kelowna Rockets
19 Evander Kane (LW)  Canada Vancouver Giants
20 Chase Schaber (LW)  Canada Calgary Hitmen
21 Cody Carlson (D)  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
2004–05 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
2006–07 WHL season