Top 125 players in WHL history selected by committee of League historians

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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  

 

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