2020-21 WHL Season
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2020%E2%80%9321 WHL Season

2020-21 WHL season
LeagueWestern Hockey League
SportHockey
DurationFebruary 26-May 12, 2021
Number of teams22
TV partner(s)KRCW-TV
KZJO
Sportsnet
WHL seasons
2019-20
2020-21 CHL seasons
LeagueCanadian Hockey League
SportHockey
DurationOHL
Did not play
QMJHL
October 2020-June 2021
WHL
February-May 2021
Number of teams60
TV partner(s)TVA Sports
Rogers Sportsnet
Rogers TV
Shaw TV

The 2020-21 WHL season was the 55th season of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The season began on February 26 and ended on May 12.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a late start, the season was shortened from 68 to 24 games. Teams played within their respective divisions only, the Central division consisted exclusively of Alberta-based teams, and all B.C.-based and East Division teams played games in hub cities. All B.C.-based teams played from either Sandman Centre or Prospera Place in Kamloops and Kelowna, British Columbia, and all East Division games were played at Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, while the Portland Winterhawks played the entirety of their season in Washington state.[1][2][3]

In Alberta due to protocols agreed upon by the league, a five-day period was required between games involving different opponents. Therefore, all Central Division games were scheduled as home-and-home series on weekends only, and thus no team was scheduled to play more than one opponent per-week.[4]

On April 19, citing logistical issues and interprovincial travel restrictions, and following the cancellation of the 2021 Memorial Cup, the WHL announced that it had cancelled the playoffs.[5] Therefore, no league champion was declared for the second season in a row.

Standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; SL = Shootout losses; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; PTS = Points; x = clinched playoff berth; y = clinched division title; z = clinched conference title

Central Division[6]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Edmonton Oil Kings yz 23 20 2 0 1 104 41 41
2 Medicine Hat Tigers 23 14 8 0 1 87 69 29
3 Calgary Hitmen 21 10 8 3 0 72 79 23
4 Lethbridge Hurricanes 24 9 12 3 0 81 108 21
5 Red Deer Rebels 23 4 15 4 0 59 106 12
East Division[6]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Brandon Wheat Kings y 24 18 4 2 0 104 61 38
2 Winnipeg Ice 24 18 5 1 0 100 70 37
3 Saskatoon Blades 24 16 5 2 1 80 62 35
4 Prince Albert Raiders 24 9 11 3 1 70 81 22
5 Regina Pats 24 9 12 2 1 76 96 21
6 Moose Jaw Warriors 24 8 13 3 0 71 95 19
7 Swift Current Broncos 24 6 16 2 0 72 108 14
U.S. Division[6]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Everett Silvertips y 23 19 4 0 0 91 45 38
2 Portland Winterhawks 24 13 8 3 0 96 72 29
3 Seattle Thunderbirds 23 10 12 0 1 67 82 21
4 Spokane Chiefs 21 6 10 4 1 55 79 17
5 Tri-City Americans 19 7 12 0 0 47 78 14
B.C. Division[6]
Pos GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Kamloops Blazers y 22 18 4 0 0 87 51 36
2 Vancouver Giants 22 12 10 0 0 71 59 24
3 Kelowna Rockets 16 10 5 1 0 58 53 21
4 Prince George Cougars 22 9 10 2 1 57 62 21
5 Victoria Royals 22 3 17 1 1 48 96 8

Statistics

Scoring leaders

Players are listed by points, then goals.[7]

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

Goaltenders

These are the goaltenders that lead the league in GAA that have played at least 420 minutes.[8]

Note: GP = Games played; Mins = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; SOL = Shootout Losses; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; Sv% = Save percentage

Player Team GP Mins W L OTL SOL SO GAA Sv%
Sebastian Cossa Edmonton Oil Kings 19 1144 17 1 0 1 4 1.57 0.941
Dustin Wolf Everett Silvertips 22 1298 18 3 0 0 4 1.80 0.940
Dylan Garand Kamloops Blazers 18 1086 15 3 0 0 3 2.15 0.921
Trent Miner Vancouver Giants 15 832 7 8 0 0 4 2.16 0.915
Gage Alexander Winnipeg Ice 9 538 6 3 0 0 1 2.23 0.917

WHL awards

Award Name Winner
WHL Champions Ed Chynoweth Cup Not Awarded
Regular season champions Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Edmonton Oil Kings
Player of the Year Four Broncos Memorial Trophy Peyton Krebs, Winnipeg Ice
Top Scorer Bob Clarke Trophy Peyton Krebs, Winnipeg Ice
Top Defenceman Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy Braden Schneider, Brandon Wheat Kings
Rookie of the Year Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy Connor Bedard, Regina Pats
Top Goaltender Del Wilson Trophy Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Top Plus-Minus Rating WHL Plus-Minus Award Jake Neighbours, Edmonton Oil Kings
Most Sportsmanlike Player Brad Hornung Trophy Eli Zummack, Spokane Chiefs
Scholastic Player of the Year Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy Ethan Peters, Edmonton Oil Kings
Coach of the Year Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Executive of the Year Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Top Official Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy
Marketing/Public Relations Award St. Clair Group Trophy
Humanitarian of the Year Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
WHL Finals Most Valuable Player airBC Trophy Not Awarded
Alumni Achievement Awards Professional Hockey Achievement
Academic Recipient

See also

References

  1. ^ "Western Hockey League commits to season for WHL players". WHL. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "B.C. WHL teams to hit the ice with Kelowna, Kamloops hub cities". Victoria News. March 2, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "Western Hockey League granted approval to host Hub Centers in Kamloops & Kelowna". WHL. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "Western Hockey League granted approval to return to play in Alberta". WHL. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "WHL cancels 2021 playoffs, citing COVID-19 challenges". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "2020-2021 Division Standings". Western Hockey League. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "WHL Regular Season: Scoring leaders". Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ WHL Regular Season: Goaltending leaders. Retrieved on February 27, 2021.

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