1979–80 WHL season

The 1979–80 WHL season was the 14th season for the Western Hockey League. Eleven teams completed a 72-game season. The Regina Pats won the President's Cup.

League notes

  • The Edmonton Oil Kings relocated to Great Falls, Montana to become the Great Falls Americans, however the team only lasted 28 games, as the Americans ceased operations on December 16, 1979.
  • The WHL abandoned the three division format, opting instead for a two division format of eight teams in the East and four in the West.

Regular season

Final standings

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Regina Pats724724195429311
x Calgary Wranglers724327288376319
x Medicine Hat Tigers723730579344315
x Billings Bighorns723734175326284
x Brandon Wheat Kings723337268319343
x Lethbridge Broncos722839561329349
Saskatoon Blades722740559331382
Great Falls Americans1282251573186
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Portland Winter Hawks7253181107398293
x Victoria Cougars7251210102349226
x Seattle Breakers722941260297364
New Westminster Bruins721061121244443

1Folded mid-season

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Doug WickenheiserRegina Pats71898117099
Tim TookeyPortland Winter Hawks70588314155
Barry PedersonVictoria Cougars72528814050
Kelly KisioCalgary Wranglers71657313864
Jim DobsonPortland Winter Hawks726668134179
Ron FlockhartRegina Pats65547613063
Gord WilliamsLethbridge Broncos72576512292
Darren VeitchRegina Pats712993122118
Brian VargaRegina Pats70397911897
Doug MorrisonLethbridge Broncos685859117188

1980 WHL Playoffs

First round

  • Regina defeated Lethbridge 4 games to 0
  • Brandon defeated Calgary 4 games to 3
  • Medicine Hat defeated Billings 4 games to 3

Division semi-finals

Round Robin format

  • Medicine Hat (3–1) advanced
  • Regina (2–2) advanced
  • Brandon (1–3) eliminated
  • Victoria (5–3) advanced
  • Seattle (4–4) advanced
  • Portland (3–5) eliminated

Division finals

  • Regina defeated Medicine Hat 4 games to 1
  • Victoria defeated Seattle 4 games to 0

WHL Championship

  • Regina defeated Victoria 4 games to 1

All-Star game

There was no All-Star game in 1979–80.

WHL awards

Most Valuable Player: Doug Wickenheiser, Regina Pats
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Doug Wickenheiser, Regina Pats
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Steve Tsujiura, Medicine Hat Tigers
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Dave Babych, Portland Winter Hawks
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Grant Fuhr, Victoria Cougars
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Kevin Eastman, Victoria Cougars
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Doug Sauter, Calgary Wranglers
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Portland Winter Hawks

See also


Preceded by
1978–79 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1980–81 WHL season
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