Western States Hockey League

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Western States Hockey League
WshlLogo.jpg
Sport Hockey
Founded 1994
Commissioner Ron White
No. of teams 28
Country  United States
Most recent champion(s) El Paso Rhinos
Official website The WSHL

The Western States Hockey League (WSHL) is an United Hockey Union (UHU) sanctioned, Tier III Junior "A" ice hockey league that has been in continuous existence since 1994.

History[edit]

Year one consisted of six teams, spanning Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah, with all member clubs playing a 30-game schedule. The Anaheim Jr. Ducks won the first-ever Thorne Cup Championship that year and is the only franchise from the inaugural season still in existence, now operating as the Long Beach Bombers.

Current Commissioner Ron White took over operation of the WSHL in 1995 and continued to expand it over time, eventually getting it to where it is today, 30-teams stretching across 14 states, making it the second largest junior hockey league in North America.

The WSHL has had numerous teams attend and win the USA Hockey National Championship over the years and most recently, the El Paso Rhinos were crowned the United Hockey Union National Champions in 2014.

Whether it comprised as few as six or as many as 30 member clubs, the WSHL’s overwhelming goal has always been centered on developing hockey players, both on the ice and off, and helping them reach their goals through the sport they love. The WSHL has had great success in moving players on to the college hockey ranks through the “Western States Shootout”, an annual all-league showcase held every December in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event averages in excess of 80 scouts in attendance, all of whom are looking to bolster their roster for the following season.

The 2014-2015 regular season will feature 30 teams competing across four divisions, all playing a 46-game regular season schedule, which mimics what players would experience at the collegiate level. Hockey politics in Texas extended into the legal realm and appears to have resulted in the Polar Ice House closing its doors. This facility was the home arena of the Dallas Ice Jets and was expected to share it with the expansion Texas Attack. With the loss of their ice rink both teams had to bow out of the 2014-15 season. There has been no announcement if teams are folding permanently or are looking for options to return next season.

Teams[edit]

Mid-West Division
Team Arena Location Team Website
Dallas Snipers Dr. Pepper StarCenter Euless, Texas Team Web Site
El Paso Rhinos Sierra Providence Event Center El Paso, Texas Team Web Site
Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers Blazers Ice Centre Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Team Web Site
Springfield Express Mediacom Ice Park Springfield, Missouri Team Web Site
Tulsa Jr. Oilers Oilers Ice Center Tulsa, Oklahoma Team Web Site
Wichita Jr. Thunder Wichita Ice Center Wichita, Kansas Team Web Site
Mountain Division
Team Arena Location Team Website
Casper Coyotes Casper Ice Arena Casper, Wyoming Team Web Site
Cheyenne Stampede Cheyenne Ice and Events Center Cheyenne, Wyoming Team Web Site
Colorado Evolution Big Bear Ice Arena Denver, Colorado Team Web Site
Colorado Jr. Eagles EPIC Ice Arena Fort Collins, Colorado Team Web Site
Ogden Mustangs The Ice Sheet Ogden, Utah Team Web Site
Salt Lake City Moose Accord Ice Rink Salt Lake City, Utah Team Web Site
WSHL RoughRiders The Ice Ranch at Boulder Valley Superior, Colorado Team Web Site
Western Division
Team Arena Location Team Website
Arizona Red Hawks Peoria Polar Ice Peoria, Arizona Team Web Site
Fresno Monsters Gateway Ice Center Fresno, California Team Web Site
Las Vegas Storm Las Vegas Ice Center Las Vegas, Nevada Team Web Site
Long Beach Bombers Glacial Garden Skating Arena Lakewood, California Team Web Site
Ontario Avalanche The Center Ice Arena Ontario, California Team Web Site
Phoenix Knights AZ Ice Gilbert Gilbert, Arizona Team Web Site
San Diego Gulls Iceoplex Escondido Escondido, California Team Web Site
Valencia Flyers Ice Station Valencia Valencia, California Team Web Site
Northwest Division
Team Arena Location Team Website
Butte Cobras Butte Community Ice Center Butte, Montana Team Web Site
Idaho Jr. Steelheads Manchester Ice & Event Centre McCall, Idaho Team Web Site
Lake Tahoe Blue South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena South Lake Tahoe, California Team Web Site
Missoula Maulers Glacier Ice Rink Missoula, Montana Team Web Site
Seattle Totems Olympic View Arena Mountlake Terrace, Washington Team Web Site
Southern Oregon Spartans The RRRink Medford, Oregon Team Web Site
Whitefish Wolverines Stumptown Ice Den Whitefish, Montana Team Web Site

Champions[edit]

Standings[edit]

2011-2012

2010-2011 - not available

2009-2010

2008-2009

2007-2008

2006-2007

Team history[edit]

Teams that have played in the WSHL include:

1994-1995

  • Anaheim Junior Ducks (Anaheim, CA)
  • Arizona Bandits (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Las Vegas Junior Aces (Las Vegas, NV)
  • San Jose Junior Sharks (San Jose, CA)
  • Utah Lightning (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Ventura Mariners (Simi Valley, CA)

1995-1996

  • Anaheim Junior Ducks (Anaheim, CA)
  • Las Vegas Jr Thunder (Las Vegas, NV)
  • San Jose Jr Sharks (San Jose, CA)
  • Utah Lightning (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Ventura Mariners (Simi Valley, CA)

1996- 1997

  • Alaska Arctic lce (Anchorage, AK)
  • Flagstaff Mountaineers (Flagstaff, AZ)
  • New Mexico Ice Breakers (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Southern California Junior Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Utah Junior Grizzlies (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Ventura Mariners (Simi Valley, CA)

1997-1998

Northern Division

  • Alaska Arctic Ice (Anchorage, AK)
  • Fairbanks Ice Dogs (Fairbanks, AK)
  • Peninsula Hellfighters (Kenai Peninsula, AK)
  • Sinbad Sailors (Anchorage, AK)

Southern Division

  • Colorado Cougars (Denver, CO)
  • Flagstaff Mountaineers (Flagstaff, AZ)
  • Las Vegas Gamblers (Las Vegas, NV)
  • New Mexico Ice Breakers (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Southern California Jr. Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Utah Jr. Grizzlies (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Utah Valley Golden Eagles (Provo, UT)
  • Ventura Mariners (Simi Valley, CA)

1998-1999

Northern Division

  • Alaska Arctic Ice (Anchorage, AK)
  • Fairbanks Ice Dogs (Fairbanks, AK)
  • Peninsula Hellfighters (Kenai Peninsula, AK)
  • Sinbad Sailors (Anchorage, AK)
  • Yukon Claim Jumpers (Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada)

Southern Division

  • Colorado Cougars (Denver, CO)
  • Flagstaff Mountaineers (Flagstaff, AZ)
  • Las Vegas Blackjacks (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Nevada Gamblers (Las Vegas, NV)
  • New Mexico Ice Breakers (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Southern California Jr. Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Utah Jr. Grizzlies (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Utah Valley Golden Eagles (Provo, UT)
  • Ventura Mariners (Simi Valley, CA)

1999-2000

  • Nevada Gamblers (Las Vegas, NV)
  • New Mexico Ice Breakers (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Southern California Jr. Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Utah Jr. Grizzlies (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Utah Valley Golden Eagles (Provo, UT)
  • Ventura Mariners (Simi Valley, CA)

2000-2001

  • Las Vegas Outlaws (Las Vegas, NV)
  • New Mexico Ice Breakers (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Southern California Jr. Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Utah Jr. Grizzlies (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Utah Valley Golden Eagles (Provo, UT)
  • Ventura Mariniers (Simi Valley, CA)

2001-2002

  • Nevada Rattlers (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Salt Lake Maple Leafs (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • San Diego Surf (San Diego, CA)
  • Southern California Jr. Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Utah Valley Golden Eagles (Provo, UT)
  • Valencia Flyers (Valencia, CA)

2002-2003

  • Capital Thunder (Roseville, CA)
  • Nevada Rattlers (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Salt Lake Jr. Grizzlies (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • San Diego Surf (San Diego, CA)
  • Southern California Jr. Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Valencia Flyers (Valencia, CA)

2003-2004

  • Capital Thunder (Roseville, CA)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Salt Lake Jr. Grizzlies (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • San Diego Surf (San Diego, CA)
  • Southern California Jr. Bombers (Lakewood, CA)

2004-2005

  • Bazooka Blues (Tulsa, OK)
  • Dallas Titans (Dallas, TX)
  • Idaho Rattlers (Boise, ID)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Phoenix, AZ)
  • San Diego Surf (San Diego, CA)
  • Southern California Jr. Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Valencia Vipers (Valencia, CA)

2005-2006

Western Division

  • Capital Thunder (Roseville, CA)
  • Idaho Rattlers (Boise, ID)
  • Peoria Coyotes (Peoria, AZ)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Phoenix, AZ)
  • San Diego Surf (San Diego, CA)
  • Southern California Jr. Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Valencia Vipers (Valencia, CA)

Mid-West Division

  • Bazooka Blues (Tulsa, OK)
  • Cajun Catahoulas (Lafayette, LA)
  • Dallas Titans (Dallas, TX)
  • Ft. Worth Texans (Ft. Worth, TX)
  • San Antonio Diablos (San Antonio, TX)

2006-2007

Western Division

  • Bay Cities Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Capital Thunder (Roseville, CA)
  • Idaho Rattlers (Boise, ID)
  • Long Beach Bulldogs (Lakewood, CA)
  • Peoria Coyotes (Peoria, AZ)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Phoenix, CA)
  • San Diego Surf (San Diego, CA)
  • Tucson Tilt (Tucson, AZ)
  • Valencia Vipers (Valencia, CA)

Mid-West Division

  • Cajun Catahoulas (Lafayette, LA)
  • Dallas Hawks (Dallas, TX)
  • El Paso Rhinos (El Paso, TX)
  • San Antonio Diablos (San Antonio, TX)
  • Tulsa Rampage (Tulsa, OK)

2007-2008

Western Division

  • Bay Cities Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Capital Thunder (Roseville, CA)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Chandler, AZ)
  • San Diego Surf (Escondido, CA)
  • Valencia Flyers (Valencia, CA)

Mid-Western Division

  • Cajun Catahoulas (Lafayette, LA)
  • Colorado Outlaws (Westminster, CO)
  • Dallas Hawks (Addison, TX)
  • El Paso Rhinos (El Paso, TX)
  • San Antonio Diablos (San Antonio, TX)
  • Tulsa Rampage (Tulsa, OK)

2008-2009

Western Division

  • Bay Cities Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Capital Thunder (Roseville, CA)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Chandler, AZ)
  • San Diego Gulls (Escondido, CA)
  • Valencia Flyers (Valencia, CA)

Midwest Division

  • Texas Renegades (Fort Worth, TX)
  • Colorado Outlaws (Westminster, CO)
  • Dallas Hawks (Addison, TX)
  • El Paso Rhinos (El Paso, TX)
  • San Antonio Diablos (San Antonio, TX)
  • Tulsa Rampage (Tulsa, OK)

2009-2010

Western Division

  • Arizona Redhawks (Peoria, AZ)
  • Bakersfield Jr. Condors (Bakersfield, CA)
  • Bay Cities Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Fresno Monsters (Fresno, CA)
  • Idaho Jr. Steelheads (Boise, ID)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Chandler, AZ)
  • San Diego Gulls (Escondido, CA)
  • Valencia Flyers (Valencia, CA)

Midwest Division

  • Boulder Bison (Superior, CO)
  • El Paso Rhinos (El Paso, TX)
  • New Mexico Renegades (Rio Rancho, NM)
  • San Antonio Diablos (San Antonio, TX)
  • Tulsa Rampage (Tulsa, OK)

2010-2011

Western Division

  • Arizona Redhawks (Peoria, AZ)
  • Bakersfield Jr. Condors (Bakersfield, CA)
  • Long Beach Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Fresno Monsters (Fresno, CA)
  • Idaho Jr. Steelheads (Boise, ID)
  • Phoenix Polar Bears (Chandler, AZ)
  • San Diego Gulls (Escondido, CA)
  • Valencia Flyers (Valencia, CA)

Midwest Division

  • Boulder Bison (Superior, CO)
  • El Paso Rhinos (El Paso, TX)
  • New Mexico Renegades (Rio Rancho, NM)
  • Texas Brahmas (North Richland Hills, TX)
  • Tulsa Rampage (Tulsa, OK)

2011-2012

Western Division

  • Arizona Redhawks (Peoria, AZ)
  • Long Beach Bombers (Lakewood, CA)
  • Fresno Monsters (Fresno, CA)
  • Phoenix Knights (Chandler, AZ)
  • San Diego Gulls (Escondido, CA)
  • Valencia Flyers (Valencia, CA)

Midwest Division

  • Dallas Snipers (Euless, TX)
  • Dallas Ice Jets (Grapevine, TX)
  • El Paso Rhinos (El Paso, TX)
  • New Mexico Renegades (Rio Rancho, NM)
  • Texas Brahmas (North Richland Hills, TX)

Mountain Division

  • Boulder Bison (Superior, CO)
  • Idaho Jr. Steelheads (Boise, ID)
  • Cheyenne Stampede (Cheyenne, WY)
  • Park City Moose (Park City, UT)
  • Ogden Mustangs (Ogden, UT)

2013-2014

Mid-West Division

  • Dallas Ice Jets
  • Dallas Snipers
  • El Paso Rhinos
  • Texas Jr Brahmas
  • Tulsa Jr. Oilers
  • Wichita Jr. Thunder

Mountain Division

  • Arizona Red Hawks
  • Boulder Jr. Bison
  • Cheyenne Stampede
  • Colorado Jr. Eagles
  • New Mexico Renegades
  • Phoenix Knights

Pacific Division

  • Lake Tahoe Blue
  • Fresno Monsters
  • Long Beach Bombers
  • Ontario Avalanche
  • San Diego Gulls
  • Valencia Flyers

Northwest Division

  • Idaho Jr. Steelheads
  • Missoula Maulers
  • Ogden Mustangs
  • Salt Lake City Moose
  • Seattle Totems
  • Southern Oregon Spartans

League staff[edit]

  • Don Thorne - Chairman of the Board
  • Ron White - Commissioner/President
  • Bob Armando - Deputy Commissioner/Vice President
  • Laura Ellis - Secretary
  • Brent Maranto - Director of Communications
  • Arthur Kitano - Referee in Chief

References[edit]

External links[edit]