Western Professional Hockey League

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Western Professional Hockey League
Replaced by Central Hockey League (partial)
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1996
No. of teams 18
Country  United States
Ceased 2001
Last champion(s) Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Most titles Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (3)

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

The WPHL operated from 1996 to 2001 with teams based in the southern United States, primarily Texas and Louisiana. The league started with six teams in the 1996–97 season and grew to 18 teams in 1999–00. After the 2000–01 season, the WPHL was bought out by the Central Hockey League. Former WPHL teams continued to play in the CHL until the 2012–13 season.

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]

Location of historical Texas- and New Mexico-based WPHL teams, 1996–2001. Note teams were not necessarily contemporaneous with each other. For teams based east of Texas, see map below.
Location of historical WPHL teams based east of Texas, 1996–2001. Not shown: Arkansas GlacierCats (Little Rock, AR), Tupelo T-Rex (Tupelo, MS).

Teams that went to Central Hockey League[edit]

Teams that were dissolved 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".