2011–12 WHL season

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2011–12 WHL season
League Western Hockey League
Duration Preseason
2011-8-31 – 2011-9-18
Regular season
2011-9-22 – 2012-3-18
Playoffs
2012-3-22 – 2012-5-13
Champions Edmonton Oil Kings (3)
Number of teams 22
Commissioner Ron Robison
Television Shaw TV
Rogers Sportsnet
Root Sports Northwest
WHL seasons

 2010–11

2012–13 

The 2011–12 WHL season is the 46th season of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The regular season began in September 2011 and ended in March 2012. The following playoffs began on March 22 and ended in early May when the Edmonton Oil Kings won their first championship. This was the inaugural season of the Victoria Royals, a team that relocated to Victoria from Chilliwack where they played as the Chilliwack Bruins between 2006 and 2011.

Regular season[edit]

The 46th season of the WHL started on September 22, 2011 and ended on March 18, 2012.

Standings[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
Team W L OTL SL GF GA Pts
Tri-City Americans x z 72 50 18 2 2 281 190 104
Kamloops Blazers x z 72 47 20 2 3 290 211 99
Portland Winterhawks x 72 49 19 3 1 328 229 102
Vancouver Giants x 72 40 26 2 4 255 234 86
Spokane Chiefs x 72 38 25 5 4 257 225 85
Kelowna Rockets x 72 31 31 4 6 217 242 72
Victoria Royals x 72 24 41 3 4 233 325 55
Everett Silvertips x 72 22 40 2 8 185 268 54
Seattle Thunderbirds e 72 25 45 1 1 173 292 52
Prince George Cougars e 72 24 46 0 2 166 257 50
Eastern Conference
Team W L OTL SL GF GA Pts
Edmonton Oil Kings x z 72 50 15 3 4 310 193 107
Moose Jaw Warriors x z 72 45 19 6 2 258 213 98
Calgary Hitmen x 72 44 25 2 1 273 221 91
Medicine Hat Tigers x 72 42 24 2 4 255 209 90
Saskatoon Blades x 72 40 29 1 2 268 250 83
Brandon Wheat Kings x 72 39 28 1 4 273 257 83
Regina Pats x 72 37 27 6 2 230 214 82
Kootenay Ice x 72 36 26 6 4 222 201 82
Red Deer Rebels e 72 32 34 1 5 204 231 70
Swift Current Broncos e 72 27 37 2 6 216 272 62
Lethbridge Hurricanes e 72 29 42 0 1 225 292 59
Prince Albert Raiders e 72 21 45 3 3 219 312 48

x – team has clinched playoff spot

y – team is division leader

z – team has clinched division

e - team is eliminated from playoff contention

Statistical leaders[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Players are listed by points, then goals.[1]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts. PIM
Brendan Shinnimin Tri-City Americans 69 58 76 134 82
Mark Stone Brandon Wheat Kings 66 41 82 123 22
Ty Rattie Portland Winterhawks 69 57 64 121 54
Adam Hughesman Tri-City Americans 72 50 66 116 42
Jordan Weal Regina Pats 70 41 75 116 36
Patrick Holland Tri-City Americans 72 25 84 109 48
Emerson Etem Medicine Hat Tigers 65 61 46 107 34
Michael St. Croix Edmonton Oil Kings 72 45 60 105 49
Michael Ferland Brandon Wheat Kings 68 47 49 96 84
Sven Bartschi Portland Winterhawks 47 33 61 94 36

Goaltenders[edit]

These are the goaltenders that lead the league in GAA that have played at least 1440 minutes.[2]

Note: GP = Games played; Mins = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; SOL = Shootout Losses; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; Sv% = Save percentage

Player Team GP Mins W L OTL SOL SO GAA Sv%
Ty Rimmer Tri-City Americans 46 2665 31 12 1 1 5 2.43 .922
Laurent Brossoit Edmonton Oil Kings 61 3574 42 13 2 3 3 2.47 .914
Nathan Lieuwen Kootenay Ice 57 3340 27 20 6 2 3 2.50 .914
Luke Siemens Moose Jaw Warriors1 56 3202 35 14 4 2 4 2.55 .908
Tyler Bunz Medicine Hat Tigers 61 3616 39 17 2 3 3 2.57 .921

1 - Also played for Everett Silvertips

Players[edit]

2011 NHL Entry Draft[edit]

In total, 33 WHL players were selected at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was selected first overall in the draft.

Transactions[edit]

2011-12 WHL transactions

Subway Super Series[edit]

The Subway Super Series is a six game series featuring four teams: three from the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) versus Russia's National Junior hockey team. Within the Canadian Hockey League umbrella, one team from each of its three leagues — the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League — compete in two games against the Russian junior team.

Results[edit]

Date Location Winner Loser
November 7, 2011 Victoriaville, QC Russian Selects 2 0 QMJHL all-stars
November 9, 2011 Quebec City, QC Russian Selects 5 4 QMJHL all-stars
November 10, 2011 Ottawa, ON OHL all-stars 10 7 Russian Selects
November 14, 2011 Sault Ste. Marie, ON OHL all-stars 6 3 Russian Selects
November 16, 2011 Regina, SK WHL all-stars 5 2 Russian Selects
November 17, 2011 Moose Jaw, SK Russian Selects 7 5 WHL all-stars
CHL wins series 3-2-1 30-26

2012 WHL Playoffs[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals WHL Championship
                                     
1  Edmonton 4  
8  Kootenay 0  
  1  Edmonton 4  
 
  6  Brandon 0  
2  Moose Jaw 4
7  Regina 1  
  1  Edmonton 4  
Eastern
  2  Moose Jaw 0  
3  Calgary 1  
6  Brandon 4  
  2  Moose Jaw 4
 
  4  Medicine Hat 2  
4  Medicine Hat 4
5  Saskatoon 0  
  E1  Edmonton 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W3  Portland 3
1  Tri-City 4  
8  Everett 0  
  1  Tri-City 4
 
  5  Spokane 0  
2  Kamloops 4
7  Victoria 0  
  1  Tri-City 0
Western
  3  Portland 4  
3  Portland 4  
6  Kelowna 0  
  2  Kamloops 3
 
  3  Portland 4  
4  Vancouver 2
5  Spokane 4  

Conference Quarter-finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

(1) Edmonton Oil Kings vs. (8) Kootenay Ice[edit]

Edmonton wins series 4 – 0


(2) Moose Jaw Warriors vs. (7) Regina Pats[edit]

Moose Jaw wins series 4 – 1


(3) Calgary Hitmen vs. (6) Brandon Wheat Kings[edit]

Brandon wins series 4 – 1


(4) Medicine Hat Tigers vs. (5) Saskatoon Blades[edit]

Medicine Hat wins series 4 – 0


Western Conference[edit]

(1) Tri-City Americans vs. (8) Everett Silvertips[edit]

Tri-City wins series 4 – 0


(2) Kamloops Blazers vs. (7) Victoria Royals[edit]

Kamloops wins series 4 – 0


(3) Portland Winterhawks vs. (6) Kelowna Rockets[edit]

Portland wins series 4 – 0


(4) Vancouver Giants vs. (5) Spokane Chiefs[edit]

Spokane wins series 4 – 2


Conference Semi-finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

(1) Edmonton Oil Kings vs. (6) Brandon Wheat Kings[edit]

Edmonton wins series 4 – 0


(2) Moose Jaw Warriors vs. (4) Medicine Hat Tigers[edit]

Moose Jaw wins series 4 – 2


Western Conference[edit]

(1) Tri-City Americans vs. (5) Spokane Chiefs[edit]

Tri-City wins series 4 – 0


(2) Kamloops Blazers vs. (3) Portland Winterhawks[edit]

Portland wins series 4 – 3


^ Game was played at Rose Garden.

Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

(1) Edmonton Oil Kings vs. (2) Moose Jaw Warriors[edit]

Edmonton wins series 4 – 0


Western Conference[edit]

(1) Tri-City Americans vs. (3) Portland Winterhawks[edit]

Portland wins series 4 – 0


WHL Championship[edit]

(E1) Edmonton Oil Kings vs. (W3) Portland Winterhawks[edit]

Edmonton wins series 4 – 3


Playoff scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Sven Bartschi Portland Winterhawks 22 14 20 34 10
Ty Rattie Portland Winterhawks 21 19 14 33 12
Marcel Noebels Portland Winterhawks 22 8 15 23 6
Brendan Shinnimin Tri-City Americans 15 7 16 23 28
Brad Ross Portland Winterhawks 22 12 10 22 57
Adam Hughesman Tri-City Americans 15 9 10 19 12
Curtis Lazar Edmonton Oil Kings 20 8 11 19 4
Michael St. Croix Edmonton Oil Kings 20 7 12 19 6
Patrick Holland Tri-City Americans 14 6 13 19 22
James Henry Moose Jaw Warriors 14 6 12 18 16

Playoff leading goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; Mins = Minutes Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Allowed; SO = Shutouts; SV& = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP Mins W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Brandon Glover Calgary Hitmen 4 224 1 2 7 1 0.941 1.87
Laurent Brossoit Edmonton Oil Kings 20 1204 16 4 41 2 0.933 2.04
Eric Williams Spokane Chiefs 12 702 7 4 26 0 0.926 2.22
Ty Rimmer Tri-City Americans 15 951 8 7 39 1 0.919 2.46
Justin Paulic Moose Jaw Warriors 2 117 1 1 5 0 0.906 2.57

Memorial Cup[edit]

Main article: 2012 Memorial Cup

WHL awards[edit]

Regular season Champions Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Edmonton Oil Kings
Player of the Year Four Broncos Memorial Trophy Brendan Shinnimin Tri-City Americans
Top Scorer Bob Clarke Trophy Brendan Shinnimin Tri-City Americans
Top Defenseman Bill Hunter Trophy Alex Petrovic Red Deer Rebels
Rookie of the Year Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy Sam Reinhart Kootenay Ice
Top Goaltender Del Wilson Trophy Tyler Bunz Medicine Hat Tigers
Top Plus-Minus Rating WHL Plus-Minus Award Mark Stone Brandon Wheat Kings
Most Sportsmanlike Player Brad Hornung Trophy Mark Stone Brandon Wheat Kings
Scholastic Player of the Year Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy Reid Gow Spokane Chiefs
Coach of the Year Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy Jim Hiller Tri-City Americans
Executive of the Year Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy Bob Green Edmonton Oil Kings
Top Official Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy Pat Smith
Marketing/Public Relations Award St. Clair Group Trophy Corey Nyhagen Moose Jaw Warriors
Humanitarian of the Year Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy Taylor Vause Swift Current Broncos
WHL Finals Most Valuable Player airBC Trophy Laurent Brossoit Edmonton Oil Kings
Alumni Achievement Awards Professional Hockey Achievement
Academic Recipient

All-Star Teams[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

First Team Pos. Second Team
Player Team Player Team
Tyler Bunz Medicine Hat Tigers G Nathan Lieuwen Kootenay Ice
Alex Petrovic Red Deer Rebels D Mark Pysyk Edmonton Oil Kings
Ryan Pulock Brandon Wheat Kings D Brandon Davidson Regina Pats
Emerson Etem Medicine Hat Tigers F Michael St. Croix Edmonton Oil Kings
Mark Stone Brandon Wheat Kings F Max Reinhart Kootenay Ice
Jordan Weal Regina Pats F Michael Ferland Brandon Wheat Kings

Western Conference[edit]

First Team[3] Pos. Second Team
Player Team Player Team
Ty Rimmer Tri-City Americans G Cole Cheveldave Kamloops Blazers
Brenden Kichton Spokane Chiefs D Ryan Murray Everett Silvertips
Joe Morrow Portland Winterhawks D Austin Madaisky Kamloops Blazers
Ty Rattie Portland Winterhawks F Sven Bartschi Portland Winterhawks
Brendan Shinnimin Tri-City Americans F Adam Hughesman Tri-City Americans
Brendan Gallagher Vancouver Giants F Patrick Holland Tri-City Americans

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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