1980–81 WHL season

The 1980–81 WHL season was the 15th season for the Western Hockey League. Thirteen teams completed a 72-game season. The Victoria Cougars won the President's Cup.

League notes

Regular season

Final standings

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Regina Pats7249212100423315
x Calgary Wranglers724624294368295
x Medicine Hat Tigers724029383358302
x Lethbridge Broncos723733276339332
x Billings Bighorns723040262336334
x Brandon Wheat Kings722940361342352
Winnipeg Warriors722843157298345
Saskatoon Blades722247347297427
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Victoria Cougars7260111121462217
x Portland Winter Hawks7256151113443266
x Seattle Breakers722646052318393
x Spokane Flyers721754135288488
New Westminster Bruins721754135306512

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Brian VargaRegina Pats686496160187
Jock CallanderRegina Pats72678615337
Barry PedersonVictoria Cougars55658214765
Steve TsujiuraMedicine Hat Tigers72558413960
Jim BenningPortland Winter Hawks722811113961
Gary YaremchukPortland Winter Hawks725679135121
Dave MichaylukRegina Pats72627113339
Dave ChartierBrandon Wheat Kings696460124295
Mark SochatskySpokane Flyers704079119279
Brian ShawPortland Winter Hawks725365118176

1981 WHL Playoffs

First round

  • Regina defeated Brandon 4 games to 1
  • Calgary defeated Billings 4 games to 1
  • Lethbridge defeated Medicine Hat 4 games to 1
  • Spokane defeated New Westminster in 4th place tiebreaker game

Division semi-finals

  • Regina earned a bye
  • Calgary defeated Lethbridge 3 games to 1
  • Victoria defeated Spokane 4 games to 0
  • Portland defeated Seattle 4 games to 1

Division finals

  • Calgary defeated Regina 4 games to 2
  • Victoria defeated Portland 4 games to 0

WHL Championship

  • Victoria defeated Calgary 4 games to 3

All-Star game

On January 20, the WHL All-Stars defeated the Victoria Cougars 8–3 at Victoria, British Columbia with a crowd of 3,520.

WHL awards

Most Valuable Player: Steve Tsujiura, Medicine Hat Tigers
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Brian Varga, Regina Pats
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Steve Tsujiura, Medicine Hat Tigers
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Jim Benning, Portland Winter Hawks
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Dave Michayluk, Regina Pats
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Grant Fuhr, Victoria Cougars
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Ken Hodge, Portland Winter Hawks
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Victoria Cougars

See also


    Preceded by
    1979–80 WHL season
    WHL seasons Succeeded by
    1981–82 WHL season
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