1978–79 WHL season

The 1978–79 WHL season was the 13th season for the Western Hockey League. Twelve teams completed a 72-game season. The Brandon Wheat Kings won the President's Cup.

League notes

Regular season

Final standings

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Brandon Wheat Kings725859125491230
x Saskatoon Blades7226321466385398
x Edmonton Oil Kings7217431246288403
Regina Pats721847743297481
Central Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Billings Bighorns7238231187378302
x Lethbridge Broncos723728781389326
x Calgary Wranglers722838662349392
Medicine Hat Tigers721550737270479
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Portland Winter Hawks72491013111432265
x Victoria Cougars7234271179318295
x New Westminster Bruins723432674310301
Seattle Breakers7221401153299334

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Brian ProppBrandon Wheat Kings7194100194127
Ray AllisonBrandon Wheat Kings626093153191
Laurie BoschmanBrandon Wheat Kings656683149215
Duane SutterLethbridge Broncos715075125212
Doug MorrisonLethbridge Broncos725667123159
Kelly KisioCalgary Wranglers70606112173
Mike ToalPortland Winter Hawks71388312132
Brent AshtonSaskatoon Blades626465119180
Perry TurnbullPortland Winter Hawks707543118191
Gord WilliamsLethbridge Broncos72585911760

1979 WHL Playoffs

Division semi-finals

Round robin format

  • Brandon (7–1) advanced
  • Saskatoon (3–5) advanced
  • Edmonton (2–6) eliminated
  • Lethbridge (5–3) advanced
  • Calgary (4–4) advanced
  • Billings (3–5) eliminated
  • Portland (7–1) advanced
  • Victoria (3–5) advanced
  • New Westminster (2–6) eliminated

Division finals

  • Brandon defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 0
  • Lethbridge defeated Calgary 4 games to 3
  • Portland defeated Victoria 4 games to 3

League semi-finals

Round Robin format

  • Brandon (3–1) advanced
  • Portland (3–1) advanced
  • Lethbridge (0–4) eliminated

WHL Championship

  • Brandon defeated Portland 4 games to 2

All-Star game

There was no All-Star game in 1978–79.

WHL awards

Most Valuable Player: Perry Turnbull, Portland Winter Hawks
Top Scorer: Brian Propp, Brandon Wheat Kings
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Errol Rausse, Seattle Breakers
Top Defenseman: Keith Brown, Portland Winter Hawks
Rookie of the Year: Kelly Kisio, Calgary Wranglers
Top Goaltender: Rick Knickle, Brandon Wheat Kings
Coach of the Year: Dunc McCallum, Brandon Wheat Kings
Regular season champions: Brandon Wheat Kings

See also


Preceded by
1977–78 WCHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1979–80 WHL season
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