Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy

The Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the defenceman of the year in the Western Hockey League. It is named after one of the league's founders, Bill Hunter, who was the driving force behind the creation of the WHL. Hunter served as the owner, general manager and head coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings, and was the first Chairman of the Board of the new league.[1]

List of winners

2018–19Ty SmithSpokane Chiefs
2017–18Kale ClagueBrandon/Moose Jaw
2016–17Ethan BearSeattle Thunderbirds
2015–16Ivan ProvorovBrandon Wheat Kings
2014–15Shea TheodoreSeattle Thunderbirds
2013–14Derrick PouliotPortland Winterhawks
2012–13Brenden KichtonSpokane Chiefs
2011–12Alex PetrovicRed Deer Rebels
2010–11Stefan ElliottSaskatoon Blades
2009–10Tyson BarrieKelowna Rockets
2008–09Jonathon BlumVancouver Giants
2007–08Karl AlznerCalgary Hitmen
2006–07Kris RussellMedicine Hat Tigers
2005–06Kris RussellMedicine Hat Tigers
2004–05Dion PhaneufRed Deer Rebels
2003–04Dion PhaneufRed Deer Rebels
2002–03Jeff WoywitkaRed Deer Rebels
2001–02Dan HamhuisPrince George Cougars
2000–01Christian ChartierPrince George Cougars
1999–00Micki DupontKamloops Blazers
1998–99Brad StuartCalgary Hitmen
1997–98Michal RozsivalSwift Current Broncos
1996–97Chris PhillipsLethbridge Hurricanes
1995–96Nolan BaumgartnerKamloops Blazers
1994–95Nolan BaumgartnerKamloops Blazers
1993–94Brendan WittSeattle Thunderbirds
1992–93Jason SmithRegina Pats
1991–92Richard MatvichukSaskatoon Blades
1990–91Darryl SydorKamloops Blazers
1989–90Kevin HallerRegina Pats
1988–89Dan LambertSwift Current Broncos
1987–88Greg HawgoodKamloops Blazers
1986–871(West) Glen WesleyPortland Winter Hawks
(East) Wayne McBeanMedicine Hat Tigers
1985–861(West) Glen WesleyPortland Winter Hawks
(East) Emanuel ViveirosPrince Albert Raiders
1984–85Wendel ClarkSaskatoon Blades
1983–84Bob RouseLethbridge Broncos
1982–83Gary LeemanRegina Pats
1981–82Gary NylundPortland Winter Hawks
1980–81Jim BenningPortland Winter Hawks
1979–80Dave BabychPortland Winter Hawks
1978–79Keith BrownPortland Winter Hawks
1977–78Brad McCrimmonBrandon Wheat Kings
1976–77Barry BeckNew Westminster Bruins
1975–76Kevin McCarthyWinnipeg Clubs
1974–75Rick LapointeVictoria Cougars
1973–74Pat PriceSaskatoon Blades
1972–73George PesutSaskatoon Blades
1971–72Jim WatsonCalgary Centennials
1970–71Ron JonesEdmonton Oil Kings
1969–70Jim HargreavesWinnipeg Jets
1968–69Dale HogansonEstevan Bruins
1967–68Gerry HartFlin Flon Bombers
1966–67Barry GibbsEstevan Bruins
1The WHL handed out separate awards for the East and West divisions.

See also


  1. Watts, Jesse, ed. (2013). 2013–14 WHL Media Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 267.
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