Western Professional Hockey League

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The Western Professional Hockey League (abbreviated WPHL) is a defunct minor professional ice hockey league.[1]

It operated in the United States from 1996 to 2001, with teams in the southern United States, mainly Texas. The league started with six teams in the 1996-1997 season and grew to 18 teams in 1999-2000. After the 2000-2001 season, the WPHL was bought out by the Central Hockey League and has operated under the CHL name.

President's Cup Winners[edit]

(Playoff Champions)

  • 1997 - El Paso Buzzards
  • 1998 - El Paso Buzzards
  • 1999 - Shreveport Mudbugs
  • 2000 - Shreveport Mudbugs
  • 2001 - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs

Governor's Cup[edit]

(Regular Season Champions)

Teams in Alphabetical Order[edit]

Teams that went to Central Hockey League[edit]

Teams that folded during merger with CHL[edit]

Individual League Awards[edit]






  • Coach of the Year -Don McKee, Odessa
  • Most Valuable Player - Jason Firth, Tupelo
  • Man of the Year - Travis Van Tighem, New Mexico
  • Scoring Champion - Jason Firth, Tupelo
  • Rookie of the Year - Ken Carroll, Bossier-Shreveport
  • Most Outstanding Goaltender - Ken Carroll, Bossier-Shreveport
  • Most Outstanding Defenseman - Mark DeSantis, New Mexico
  • Playoff Most Valuable Player - Jason Campbell, Bossier-Shreveport
  • All-Star Game Most Valuable Player - Kyle Reeves, Lubbock
  • Rick Kozuback Award - Trent Eigner, El Paso[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. p. x. ISBN 1-894974-21-2. 
  2. ^ "CHL-WPHL Award Winners".