1996–97 CHL season

The 1996–97 CHL season was the fifth season of the Central Hockey League (CHL).

1996–97 CHL season
LeagueCentral Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
Adams’ CupOklahoma City Blazers
Season MVPTrevor Jobe (Columbus)
Top scorerTrevor Jobe (Columbus)
ChampionsFort Worth Fire
  Runners-upMemphis Riverkings

Regular season

Division standings

Eastern Division GP W L SOL GF GA Pts
x-Huntsville Channel Cats663924331129781
x-Macon Whoopee663824427623780
x-Memphis RiverKings663527427826074
x-Columbus Cottonmouths663228629229170
e-Nashville Nighthawks661252221935926
Western Division GP W L SOL GF GA Pts
y-Oklahoma City Blazers6648126307200102
x-Fort Worth Fire664316527921095
x-Tulsa Oilers663032428628464
x-Wichita Thunder6625311027932460
e-San Antonio Iguanas662636426132656

y - clinched league title; x - clinched playoff spot; e - eliminated from playoff contention


Playoff Bracket

Quarter Finals Semi-Finals Championships
1 Huntsville 3
4 Columbus 0
1 Huntsville 2
3 Memphis 4
2 Macon 2
3 Memphis 3
2 Fort Worth 4
3 Memphis 3
1 Oklahoma City 1
4 Wichita 3
2 Fort Worth 4
4 Wichita 1
2 Fort Worth 3
3 Tulsa 2

CHL awards

Ray Miron Cup:Fort Worth Fire
Adams Cup:Oklahoma City Blazers
Coach of the Year:Bill McDonald (Fort Worth)
Most Valuable Player:Trevor Jobe (Columbus)
Playoff Most Valuable Player:Steve Plouffe (Fort Worth)
Most Outstanding Goaltender:Jean-Ian Filiatrault (Oklahoma City)
Most Outstanding DefensemanHardy Sauter (Oklahoma City)
Rookie of the YearCory Dosdall (Wichita)
Scoring ChampionTrevor Jobe (Columbus)

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Trevor JobeWichita Thunder
Columbus Cottonmouths
Doug LawrenceTulsa Oilers6627100127250
Terry MenardFort Worth Fire635065115138
Marcel RichardColumbus Cottonmouths63515810974
Randy MurphyColumbus Cottonmouths65366910542
Hardy SauterOklahoma City Blazers66326910154
Alex KholomeyevHuntsville Channel Cats5737589590
Luc BeausoleilTulsa Oilers6260359557
Bruno VilleneuveMemphis RiverKings6649469514
Joe BurtonOklahoma City Blazers6553419439
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