1970–71 WCHL season

The 1970–71 WCHL season was the fifth season of the Western Canada Hockey League, known in the present day as the Western Hockey League. Ten teams completed a 66-game season, with the Edmonton Oil Kings winning the President's Cup.

League notes

  • The Regina Pats returned to the WCHL, and joined the East division.
  • The Medicine Hat Tigers joined the league and played in the West division.
  • The regular season was expanded to 66 games from 60.

Regular season

Final standings

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Estevan Bruins664120587283201
x Flin Flon Bombers664123284306224
x Winnipeg Jets663132365278269
x Regina Pats662836258202246
Brandon Wheat Kings662046040247387
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Edmonton Oil Kings664520191346258
x Calgary Centennials663722781244175
x Saskatoon Blades662936159295299
x Swift Current Broncos662440250229290
Medicine Hat Tigers662243145271352

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Chuck ArnasonFlin Flon Bombers667984163152
Orest KindrachukSaskatoon Blades6149100149103
Lorne HenningEstevan Bruins66646613041
Laurie YaworskiSaskatoon Blades577354127104
Wayne CherneckiWinnipeg Jets65507312356
Dan SpringEdmonton Oil Kings65437912244
Don KozakEdmonton Oil Kings666061121122
Stan WeirMedicine Hat Tigers66525911188
Gene CarrFlin Flon Bombers623668104105
Brian CarlinMedicine Hat Tigers65445610046

1971 WCHL Playoffs


  • Winnipeg defeated Estevan 4 games to 2 with 1 tie
  • Flin Flon defeated Regina 4 games to 1 with 1 tie
  • Edmonton defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 1
  • Calgary defeated Swift Current 3 games to 0 with 2 ties


  • Flin Flon defeated Winnipeg 5 games to 2
  • Edmonton defeated Calgary 4 games to 1


  • Edmonton defeated Flin Flon 4 games to 1 with 1 tie

All-Star game

The 1970–71 WCHL All-Star Game was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with the WCHL All-stars defeating the Winnipeg Jets 4–3 before a crowd of 3,543.


Most Valuable Player: Ed Dyck, Calgary Centennials
Top Scorer: Chuck Arnason, Flin Flon Bombers
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Lorne Henning, Estevan Bruins
Defenseman of the Year: Ron Jones, Edmonton Oil Kings
Rookie of the Year: Stan Weir, Medicine Hat Tigers
Goaltender of the Year: Ed Dyck, Calgary Centennials
Coach of the Year: Pat Ginnell, Flin Flon Bombers
Regular Season Champions: Edmonton Oil Kings

See also


Preceded by
1969–70 WCHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1971–72 WCHL season
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