Calgary Centennials

The Calgary Centennials were a junior ice hockey team that played in the Western Canada Hockey League from 1966–1977. They played in Calgary, Alberta, [Canada at the Stampede Corral.

Calgary Centennials
CityCalgary, Alberta
LeagueWestern Canada Hockey League
Operated1966 (1966)–1977
Home arenaStampede Corral
ColoursRed & White
Franchise history
1966–67Calgary Buffaloes
1967–77Calgary Centennials
1977–82Billings Bighorns
1982–83Nanaimo Islanders
1983–88New Westminster Bruins
1988-PresentTri-City Americans


A charter member of the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League in 1966, the franchise was known in its first season as the Calgary Buffaloes before becoming the Centennials in 1967–68.

The franchise had a string of successful regular seasons in the early 1970s, winning three West division titles, however playoff success never followed. The Centennials only reached the WCHL finals once, falling in four straight to the Regina Pats in 1974.

Following the 1976–77 season, the Centennials were sold and relocated to Billings, Montana and became the Billings Bighorns. The franchise today is known as the Tri-City Americans, settling in Kennewick, Washington, after stops as the Nanaimo Islanders and New Westminster Bruins. Calgarians would not have to wait long for another team, as the Winnipeg Monarchs were immediately sold and relocated to Calgary to become the Calgary Wranglers.

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

SeasonGP W L T GF GA PointsFinishPlayoffs
1966–67564475178426137th OverallOut of playoffs
1967–6860144052183183510th OverallOut of playoffs
1968–696031281253236632nd WestLost semi-final
1969–706037221249197751st WestLost semi-final
1970–716637227244175812nd WestLost semi-final
1971–7268491632961691011st WestLost semi-final
1972–7368352211302224813rd WestLost quarter-final
1973–746841189328236911st WestLost final
1974–757011518236399306th WestOut of playoffs
1975–767222455284381496th WestOut of playoffs
1976–7772223415329397594th CentralLost quarter-final

NHL alumni

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