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2007–08_WHL_season

2007–08 WHL season

The 2007–08 WHL season was the 42nd season for the Western Hockey League. A new expansion team, the Edmonton Oil Kings, joined the league bringing the WHL to 22 teams that played a 72 game season. The Spokane Chiefs won the Ed Chynoweth Cup, defeating the Lethbridge Hurricanes in four games.

League notes

  • The Oil Kings joined the Central Division of the Eastern Conference, bringing the Eastern Conference to twelve teams, while the Western Conference remained at ten. The new team in Alberta's capital is the fourth WHL team to represent the city of Edmonton, preceded by the original Oil Kings franchises that played in the 1960s and 1970s, and later the Edmonton Ice, who played two seasons from 1996–98 before relocating to the Kootenays.
  • The playoff format was revised so that the top eight teams in the conference qualify for the playoffs, as opposed to the top four in each division. Division winners are guaranteed a top two seed in each conference.

Final Standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime Losses; SOL = Shootout Losses; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points; x - denotes clinched playoff berth; y - denotes clinched conference title

Eastern Conference

East Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Rank

x Regina Pats 72 44 22 4 2 94 217 206 2
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 42 24 3 3 90 253 209 6
x Swift Current Broncos 72 41 24 1 6 89 244 205 7
x Moose Jaw Warriors 72 37 21 6 8 88 229 214 8
Saskatoon Blades 72 29 34 3 6 67 182 229 9
Prince Albert Raiders 72 26 41 3 2 57 196 248 10

Central Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Rank
y Calgary Hitmen 72 47 20 1 4 99 259 166 1
x Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 45 21 2 4 96 245 175 3
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 43 22 5 2 93 234 198 4
x Kootenay Ice 72 42 22 5 3 92 229 214 5
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 22 39 4 7 55 162 241 11
Red Deer Rebels 72 18 47 4 3 43 145 255 12

Western Conference

B.C. Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Rank
x Vancouver Giants 72 49 15 2 6 106 250 155 2
x Kelowna Rockets 72 38 26 2 6 84 248 215 5
x Chilliwack Bruins 72 28 35 4 5 65 206 241 7
x Kamloops Blazers 72 27 41 2 2 58 197 253 8
Prince George Cougars 72 20 48 1 3 44 172 304 9

U.S. Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Rank
y Tri-City Americans 72 52 16 2 2 108 262 176 1
x Spokane Chiefs 72 50 15 1 6 107 251 160 3
x Seattle Thunderbirds 72 42 23 5 2 91 241 179 4
x Everett Silvertips 72 39 30 0 3 81 205 198 6
Portland Winter Hawks 72 11 58 2 1 25 132 318 10

Scoring Leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Mark Santorelli Chilliwack Bruins 72 27 74 101 40
Colin Long Kelowna Rockets 72 31 69 100 41
Colton Yellow Horn Tri-City Americans 67 48 49 97 63
Tyler Ennis Medicine Hat Tigers 70 43 48 91 42
Steve DaSilva Kootenay Ice 68 40 49 89 47
Mitch Fadden Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 34 55 89 72
Jordan Knackstedt Moose Jaw Warriors 72 31 54 85 116
Dan Gendur Everett Silvertips 60 29 55 84 68
Bud Holloway Seattle Thunderbirds 70 43 40 83 55
Oscar Moller Chilliwack Bruins 63 39 44 83 42

Goaltending Leaders

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Total Ice Time; W = Wins; L = Losses; SOL = Shootout Losses ; GA = Goals Against; SO = Total Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average
Player Team GP TOI W L OTL SL GA SO Sv% GAA
Tyson Sexsmith Vancouver Giants 62 3678 43 11 2 6 116 9 .911 1.89
Juha Metsola Lethbridge Hurricanes 30 1693 20 7 0 1 56 3 .916 1.98
Dustin Tokarski Spokane Chiefs 45 2543 30 10 0 3 87 6 .922 2.05
Martin Jones Calgary Hitmen 27 1529 18 8 0 1 54 1 .911 2.12
Kevin Armstrong Spokane Chiefs 33 1840 20 5 1 3 66 2 .915 2.15

WHL Playoffs

Overview

Conference Quarterfinals

Eastern Conference

Moose Jaw vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
March 21 Moose Jaw 1 5 Calgary
March 23 Moose Jaw 4 2 Calgary
March 25 Calgary 8 3 Moose Jaw
March 26 Calgary 3 1 Moose Jaw
March 28 Moose Jaw 4 2 Calgary
March 30 Calgary 4 2 Moose Jaw
Calgary wins 4–2
Swift Current vs. Regina
Date Away Home
March 21 Swift Current 1 2 Regina
March 22 Swift Current 5 3 Regina
March 25 (OT) Regina 4 3 Swift Current
March 26 Regina 4 5 Swift Current (2OT)
March 28 Swift Current 6 3 Regina
March 29 Regina 2 5 Swift Current
Swift Current wins 4–2
Brandon vs. Lethbridge
Date Away Home
March 21 Brandon 1 2 Lethbridge
March 22 Brandon 3 4 Lethbridge
March 25 Lethbridge 4 3 Brandon
March 26 Lethbridge 1 5 Brandon
March 28 Lethbridge 3 4 Brandon
March 30 Brandon 0 4 Lethbridge
Lethbridge wins 4–2
Kootenay vs. Medicine Hat
Date Away Home
March 21 Kootenay 5 2 Medicine Hat
March 22 (OT) Kootenay 4 3 Medicine Hat
March 25 Medicine Hat 1 2 Kootenay
March 26 Medicine Hat 5 3 Kootenay
March 28 Kootenay 3 1 Medicine Hat
Kootenay wins 4–1

Western Conference

Kamloops vs. Tri-City
Date Away Home
March 21 Kamloops 1 6 Tri-City
March 22 Kamloops 1 4 Tri-City
March 25 Tri-City 4 3 Kamloops
March 26 Tri-City 6 2 Kamloops
Tri-City wins 4–0
Chilliwack vs. Vancouver
Date Away Home
March 21 Chilliwack 1 2 Vancouver
March 22 Chilliwack 2 3 Vancouver
March 25 (3OT) Vancouver 4 3 Chilliwack
March 26 Vancouver 2 1 Chilliwack
Vancouver wins 4–0
Everett vs. Spokane
Date Away Home
March 21 Everett 2 5 Spokane
March 22 Everett 1 4 Spokane
March 26 Spokane 4 1 Everett
March 28 (OT) Spokane 3 2 Everett
Spokane wins 4–0
Kelowna vs. Seattle
Date Away Home
March 21 Kelowna 3 2 Seattle
March 22 Kelowna 3 1 Seattle
March 24 (OT) Seattle 3 2 Kelowna
March 25 Seattle 6 4 Kelowna
March 27 Kelowna 2 6 Seattle
March 29 Seattle 3 4 Kelowna (OT)
April 1 Kelowna 2 4 Seattle
Seattle wins 4–3

Conference semifinals

Eastern Conference
Swift Current vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
April 4 Calgary 2 3 Swift Current
April 5 Calgary 5 2 Swift Current
April 8 Swift Current 5 6 Calgary (2OT)
April 9 Swift Current 2 3 Calgary
April 11 Swift Current 5 2 Calgary
April 12 Calgary 8 4 Swift Current
Calgary wins 4–2
Kootenay vs. Lethbridge
Date Away Home
April 4 Kootenay 3 2 Lethbridge
April 5 Kootenay 4 5 Lethbridge (OT)
April 8 Lethbridge 5 2 Kootenay
April 9 (2OT) Lethbridge 2 1 Kootenay
April 11 Kootenay 0 3 Lethbridge
Lethbridge wins 4–1

Western Conference
Vancouver vs. Spokane
Date Away Home
April 4 Vancouver 4 1 Spokane
April 6 Vancouver 1 4 Spokane
April 9 Spokane 3 2 Vancouver
April 11 Spokane 1 3 Vancouver
April 12 Spokane 4 0 Vancouver
April 14 Vancouver 1 3 Spokane
Spokane wins 4–2
Seattle vs. Tri-City
Date Away Home
April 4 Seattle 7 1 Tri-City
April 5 Seattle 0 4 Tri-City
April 8 Tri-City 3 2 Seattle
April 9 (OT) Tri-City 3 2 Seattle
April 11 Seattle 0 4 Tri-City
Tri-City wins 4–1

Conference finals

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Lethbridge vs. Calgary
Date Away Home
April 17 Lethbridge 5 2 Calgary
April 18 (OT) Lethbridge 4 3 Calgary
April 22 Calgary 0 6 Lethbridge
April 23 Calgary 2 4 Lethbridge
Lethbridge wins 4–0
Spokane vs. Tri-City
Date Away Home
April 18 (2OT) Spokane 1 0 Tri-City
April 20 Spokane 0 1 Tri-City (2OT)
April 21 Tri-City 0 2 Spokane
April 22 (OT) Tri-City 3 2 Spokane
April 26 (2OT) Spokane 4 3 Tri-City
April 28 (OT) Tri-City 2 1 Spokane
April 29 Spokane 4 1 Tri-City
Spokane wins 4–3

WHL Championship

Lethbridge vs. Spokane
Date Away Home
May 2 Lethbridge 1 4 Spokane
May 3 Lethbridge 2 5 Spokane
May 6 (OT) Spokane 2 1 Lethbridge
May 7 Spokane 4 1 Lethbridge
Spokane wins 4-0

Memorial Cup

The 90th Memorial Cup was held in Kitchener, Ontario.

WHL awards

Player of the Year Four Broncos Memorial Trophy Karl Alzner Calgary Hitmen
Scholastic Player of the Year Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy Jordan Eberle Regina Pats
Top Scorer Bob Clarke Trophy Mark Santorelli Chilliwack Bruins
Most Sportsmanlike Player Brad Hornung Trophy Tyler Ennis Medicine Hat Tigers
Top Defenseman Bill Hunter Trophy Karl Alzner Calgary Hitmen
Rookie of the Year Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy Brayden Schenn Brandon Wheat Kings
Top Goaltender Del Wilson Trophy Chet Pickard Tri-City Americans
Coach of the Year Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy Don Nachbaur Tri-City Americans
Executive of the Year Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy Bob Tory Tri-City Americans
Regular season Champions Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Tri-City Americans
Top Official Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy Andy Thiessen
Marketing/Public Relations Award St. Clair Group Trophy Kip Reghenas Calgary Hitmen
Humanitarian of the Year Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy Ashton Hewson Prince Albert Raiders
WHL Plus-Minus Award Greg Scott Seattle Thunderbirds
WHL Finals Most Valuable Player AirBC Trophy Tyler Johnson Spokane Chiefs

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