WHL ANNOUNCES TOP 125 PLAYERS

Tue Sep 22

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League unveiled today its list of the top 125 players in WHL history as selected by a committee of League historians.

 

The list includes WHL greats from the League’s inception in 1966 through to players that suited up as recently as last season. In total, 88 forwards, 27 defencemen, and 10 goaltenders made the list. Players were selected based on a combination of the impact they had while playing in the WHL and their careers upon graduating from the League.

 

The committee was comprised of members of the media and individuals who have demonstrated long-standing contributions to the WHL, along with members the WHL Office staff. The WHL would like to thank Gregg Drinnan, Norm Dueck, Peter Loubardias, Bob Ridley, Dan Russell, Rob Vanstone, Dean Vrooman and Bill Willms for their assistance with this project.

 

As a part of the WHL’s 50th Season celebrations, fans will be able to have their say in October alongside the committee by way of an online vote available at www.WHL.ca. Beginning in January, the WHL will count down and release the Top 50 WHL Players of All-Time.

 

Top 125 WHL Players (alphabetical order, last name first)

Last Name

First Name

P

Years Played

Hometown

Last WHL Team

Previous Team (if applicable)

Allison

Ray

F

1974-79

Cranbrook, BC

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

Alzner

Karl

D

2003-08

Burnaby, BC

Calgary Hitmen

 

Babych

Wayne

F

1973-78

Edmonton, AB

Portland Winter Hawks

Edmonton Oil Kings

Barnes

Stu

F

1987-90

Spruce Grove, AB

Tri-City Americans

New Westminster Bruins

Barrie

Tyson

D

2006-11

Victoria, BC

Kelowna Rockets

 

Baumgartner

Nolan

D

1992-96

Calgary, AB

Kamloops Blazers

 

Beck

Barry

D

1973-77

Vancouver, BC

New Westminster Bruins

Kamloops Chiefs

Benn

Jamie

F

2007-09

Victoria, BC

Kelowna Rockets

 

Benning

Jim

D

1978-81

Edmonton, AB

Portland Winter Hawks

 

Bjorkstrand

Oliver

F

2012-15

Herning, Denmark

Portland Winterhawks

 

Boschman

Laurie

F

1976-79

Major, SK

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

Bouwmeester

Jay

D

1998-02

Edmonton, AB

Medicine Hat Tigers

 

Brendl

Pavel

F

1998-01

Opocno, Czech Rep.

Calgary Hitmen

 

Bridgman

Mel

F

1971-75

Trenton, ON

Victoria Cougars

 

Brouwer

Troy

F

2001-06

Vancouver, BC

Moose Jaw Warriors

 

Brown

Rob

F

1983-87

St. Albert, AB

Kamloops Blazers

 

Callander

Jock

F

1978-82

Regina, SK

Regina Pats

 

Chapman

Blair

F

1973-76

Lloydminster, SK

Saskatoon Blades

 

Chipperfield

Ron

F

1970-74

Brandon, MB

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

Clark

Wendel

D

1983-85

Kelvington, SK

Saskatoon Blades

 

Clarke

Bob

F

1967-69

Flin Flon, MB

Flin Flon Bombers

 

Davidson

John

G

1969-73

Calgary, AB

Calgary Centennials

 

Dawes

Nigel

F

2001-05

Winnipeg, MB

Kootenay ICE

 

Derkatch

Dale

F

1981-85

Winnipeg, MB

Regina Pats

 

Derlago

Bill

F

1974-78

Birtle, MB

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

Doan

Shane

F

1992-95

Halkirk, AB

Kamloops Blazers

 

Draisaitl

Leon

F

2012-15

Cologne, Germany

Kelowna Rockets

Prince Albert Raiders

Eakin

Cody

F

2006-11

Winnipeg, MB

Kootenay ICE

Swift Current Broncos

Eberle

Jordan

F

2006-10

Regina, SK

Regina Pats

 

Ennis

Tyler

F

2005-09

Edmonton, AB

Medicine Hat Tigers

 

Etem

Emerson

F

2009-12

Long Beach, CA

Medicine Hat Tigers

 

Evason

Dean

F

1980-84

Winnipeg, MB

Kamloops Jr. Oilers

Spokane Chiefs

Falloon

Pat

F

1988-91

Foxwarren, MB

Spokane Chiefs

 

Federko

Bernie

F

1973-76

Foam Lake, SK

Saskatoon Blades

 

Fehr

Eric

F

2000-05

Winkler, MB

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

Ferraro

Ray

F

1982-84

Trail, BC

Brandon Wheat Kings

Portland Winter Hawks

Fleury

Theoren

F

1984-88

Oxbow, SK

Moose Jaw Warriors

 

Fuhr

Grant

G

1979-81

Spruce Grove, AB

Victoria Cougars

 

Gallagher

Brendan

F

2008-12

Delta, BC

Vancouver Giants

 

Gare

Danny

F

1971-74

Nelson, BC

Calgary Centennials

 

Getzlaf

Ryan

F

2001-05

Regina, SK

Calgary Hitmen

 

Gillies

Clark

F

1971-74

Moose Jaw, SK

Regina Pats

 

Goodall

Glen

F

1986-90

Fort Nelson, BC

Seattle Thunderbirds

 

Hamhuis

Dan

D

1998-02

Smithers, BC

Prince George Cougars

 

Hanlon

Glen

G

1974-77

Brandon, MB

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

Hawgood

Greg

D

1983-88

Edmonton, AB

Kamloops Blazers

 

Henning

Lorne

F

1968-72

Melfort, SK

New Westminster Bruins

 Estevan Bruins

Hodgson

Dan

F

1980-85

Fort McMurray, AB

Prince Albert Raiders

Spokane Flyers

Holland

Dennis

F

1985-89

Vernon, BC

Portland Winter Hawks

 

Hossa

Marian

F

1997-98

Stara Lubovna, Slovakia

Portland Winter Hawks

 

Hrudey

Kelly

G

1978-81

Edmonton, AB

Medicine Hat Tigers

 

Iginla

Jarome

F

1993-96

Edmonton, AB

Kamloops Blazers

 

Johansen

Ryan

F

2009-11

Vancouver, BC

Portland Winterhawks

 

Johnson

Tyler

F

2007-11

Spokane, WA

Spokane Chiefs

 

Joly

Greg

D

1971-74

Rocky Mountain House, AB

Regina Pats

 

Keith

Duncan

D

2002-03

Winnipeg, MB

Kelowna Rockets

 

Kidd

Trevor

G

1988-91

Dugald, MB

Spokane Chiefs

Brandon Wheat Kings

Kozun

Brandon

F

2006-10

Los Angeles, CA

Calgary Hitmen

 

Ladd

Andrew

F

2001-05

Maple Ridge, BC

Calgary Hitmen

 Vancouver Giants

Lambert

Dan

D

1986-90

St. Boniface, MB

Swift Current Broncos

 

Langkow

Daymond

F

1991-96

Edmonton, AB

Tri-City Americans

 

Lazar

Curtis

F

2010-14

Salmon Arm, BC

Edmonton Oil Kings

 

Leach

Reggie

F

1967-70

Riverton, MB

Flin Flon Bombers

 

Linden

Trevor

F

1985-88

Medicine Hat, AB

Medicine Hat Tigers

 

Lowry

Adam

F

2009-13

Calgary, AB

Swift Current Broncos

 

Lucic

Milan

F

2004-07

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Giants

 

Lysiak

Tom

F

1970-73

High Prairie, AB

Medicine Hat Tigers

 

Marleau

Patrick

F

1995-97

Swift Current, SK

Seattle Thunderbirds

 

Martyniuk

Ray

G

1967-70

Flin Flon, MB

Flin Flon Bombers

 

McCarthy

Kevin

D

1973-77

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg Monarchs

 

McCrimmon

Brad

D

1976-79

Plenty, SK

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

McDonald

Lanny

F

1970-73

Hanna, AB

Medicine Hat Tigers

 Calgary Centennials

Modano

Mike

F

1986-89

Livonia, MI

Prince Albert Raiders

 

Moran

Brad

F

1995-00

Abbotsford, BC

Calgary Hitmen

 

Mueller

Peter

F

2005-07

Bloomington, MN

Everett Silvertips

 

Murdoch

Don

F

1973-76

Cranbrook, BC

Medicine Hat Tigers

 Kamloops Chiefs

Murray

Marty

F

1991-95

Lyleton, MB

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

Myers

Tyler

D

2005-09

Calgary, AB

Kelowna Rockets

 

Neely

Cam

F

1982-84

Comox, BC

Portland Winter Hawks

 

Niedermayer

Scott

D

1989-92

Cranbrook, BC

Kamloops Blazers

 

Nugent-Hopkins

Ryan

F

2008-11

Burnaby, BC

Red Deer Rebels

 

Pederson

Barry

F

1977-81

Big River, SK

Victoria Cougars

 

Petan

Nic

F

2010-15

Delta, BC

Portland Winterhawks

 

Phaneuf

Dion

D

2001-05

Edmonton, AB

Red Deer Rebels

 

Phillips

Chris

D

1995-97

Calgary, AB

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Prince Albert Raiders

Pinder

Gerry

F

1966-67

Saskatoon, SK

Saskatoon Blades

 

Pouliot

Derrick

D

2009-14

Estevan, SK

Portland Winterhawks

 

Price

Carey

G

2002-07

Anahim Lake, BC

Tri-City Americans

 

Propp

Brian

F

1976-79

Neudorf, SK

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

Rattie

Ty

F

2008-13

Airdrie, AB

Portland Winterhawks

 

Recchi

Mark

F

1984-88

Kamloops, BC

Kamloops Blazers

New Westminster Bruins

Redden

Wade

D

1993-96

Lloydminster, SK

Brandon Wheat Kings

 

Rielly

Morgan

D

2010-13

Vancouver, BC

Moose Jaw Warriors

 

Reinhart

Sam

F

2010-15

North Vancouver, BC

Kootenay ICE

 

Robinson

Todd

F

1994-99

Trail, BC

Portland Winter Hawks

 

Rogers

Mike

F

1971-74

Calgary, AB

Calgary Centennials

 

Ronning

Cliff

F

1983-85

Burnaby, BC

New Westminster Bruins

 

Rota

Darcy

F

1970-73

Vancouver, BC

Edmonton Oil Kings

 

Russell

Kris

D

2003-07

Caroline, AB

Medicine Hat Tigers

 

Sakic

Brian

F

1987-92

Burnaby, BC

Tri-City Americans

Swift Current Broncos

Sakic

Joe

F

1985-88

Burnaby, BC

Swift Current Broncos

Lethbridge Broncos

Schenn

Brayden

F

2007-11

Saskatoon, SK

Saskatoon Blades

Brandon Wheat Kings

Seabrook

Brent

D

2000-05

Richmond, BC

Lethbridge Hurricanes

 

Shinnimin

Brendan

F

2007-12

Winnipeg, MB

Tri-City Americans

 

Sillinger

Mike

F

1987-91

Regina, SK

Regina Pats

 

Smyth

Ryan

F

1991-95

Banff, AB

Moose Jaw Warriors

 

Sobchuk

Dennis

F

1970-74

Lang, SK

Regina Pats

 Estevan Bruins

Staniowski

Ed

G

1971-75

Moose Jaw, SK

Regina Pats

 

Stoll

Jarret

F

1997-02

Melville, SK

Kootenay ICE

 

Stuart

Brad

D

1995-99

Rocky Mountain House, AB

Calgary Hitmen

Regina Pats

Sutter

Brent

F

1979-82

Viking, AB

Lethbridge Broncos

 

Sutter

Brian

F

1974-76

Viking, AB

Lethbridge Broncos

 

Sydor

Darryl

D

1988-92

Edmonton, AB

Kamloops Blazers

 

Trottier

Bryan

F

1972-75

Val Marie, SK

Lethbridge Broncos

Swift Current Broncos

Tsujiura

Steve

F

1977-82

Coaldale, AB

Calgary Wranglers

Medicine Hat Tigers

Tucker

Darcy

F

1991-95

Castor, AB

Kamloops Blazers

 

Vernon

Mike

G

1980-83

Calgary, AB

Calgary Wranglers

 

Walter

Ryan

F

1973-78

New Westminster, BC

Seattle Breakers

Kamloops Chiefs

Ward

Cam

G

2000-04

Saskatoon, SK

Red Deer Rebels

 

Weber

Shea

D

2001-05

Sicamous, BC

Kelowna Rockets

 

Wesley

Glen

D

1983-87

Red Deer, AB

Portland Winter Hawks

 

Whitney

Ray

F

1988-91

Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Spokane Chiefs

 

Wickenheiser

Doug

F

1977-80

Regina, SK

Regina Pats

 

Williams

Dave "Tiger"

F

1971-74

Weyburn, SK

Swift Current Broncos

 

Yaremchuk

Ken

F

1979-83

Edmonton, AB

Portland Winter Hawks