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1986–87 WHL season

The 1986–87 WHL season was the 21st season for the Western Hockey League. Fourteen teams completed a 72 game season. The Medicine Hat Tigers won the President's Cup before going on to also capture the Memorial Cup.

League notes

Regular season

Final standings

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 48 19 5 101 383 264
x Saskatoon Blades 72 44 26 2 90 369 282
x Prince Albert Raiders 72 43 26 3 89 346 264
x Moose Jaw Warriors 72 38 31 3 79 366 321
x Regina Pats 72 31 37 4 66 332 356
x Swift Current Broncos 72 28 40 4 60 331 393
Calgary Wranglers 72 23 46 3 49 304 390
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 19 49 9 42 282 443

West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Kamloops Blazers 72 455 14 3 113 496 292
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 47 23 2 96 439 355
x Spokane Chiefs 72 37 33 2 76 374 350
x Victoria Cougars 72 30 41 1 61 334 412
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 21 47 4 46 328 430
New Westminster Bruins 72 18 50 4 40 300 432

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Rob Brown Kamloops Blazers 63 76 136 212 101
Craig Endean Regina Pats 72 69 77 146 34
Len Nielsen Regina Pats 72 36 100 136 32
Joe Sakic Swift Current Broncos 72 60 73 133 31
Theoren Fleury Moose Jaw Warriors 66 61 68 129 110
Adam Morrison Victoria Cougars 65 55 70 125 57
Greg Hawgood Kamloops Blazers 61 30 93 123 139
Ron Shudra Kamloops Blazers 71 49 70 119 68
Robin Bawa Kamloops Blazers 62 57 62 113 91
Pat Elynuik Prince Albert Raiders 64 51 62 113 40

WHL Playoffs

First Round

  • Medicine Hat earned a bye
  • Saskatoon earned a bye
  • Prince Albert defeated Swift Current 3 games to 1
  • Moose Jaw defeated Regina 3 games to 0

Division Semi-finals

  • Medicine Hat defeated Moose Jaw 4 games to 2
  • Saskatoon defeated Prince Albert 4 games to 0
  • Kamloops defeated Victoria 5 games to 0
  • Portland defeated Spokane 5 games to 0

Division Finals

  • Medicine Hat defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 3
  • Portland defeated Kamloops 5 games to 3

WHL Championship

  • Medicine Hat defeated Portland 4 games to 3

All-Star Game

On January 20, the East division defeated the West division 4–3 at Regina, Saskatchewan before a crowd of 3,652

WHL awards

  • Note: For the 1986–87 season, the WHL handed out separate awards for the East and West divisions

Most Valuable Player - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: East: Joe Sakic, Swift Current Broncos; West: Rob Brown, Kamloops Blazers
Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Casey McMilan, Swift Current Broncos
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: East: Craig Endean, Regina Pats; West: Rob Brown, Kamloops Blazers
Most Sportsmanlike Player - Brad Hornung Trophy: East: Len Nielson, Regina Pats; West: Dave Acrhibald, Portland Winter Hawks
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: East: Wayne McBean, Medicine Hat Tigers; West: Glen Wesley, Portland Winter Hawks
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: East: Joe Sakic, Swift Current Broncos; West: Dennis Holland, Portland Winter Hawks
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: East: Kenton Rein, Prince Albert Raiders; West: Dean Cook, Kamloops Blazers
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: East: Graham James, Swift Current Broncos; West: Ken Hitchcock, Kamloops Blazers
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Kamloops Blazers
WHL Plus-Minus Award: Rob Brown, Kamloops Blazers

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