Calgary, AB – As part of the WHL’s 50th Season celebrations, the WHL announced today that voting is now open for the selection of the Top 50 WHL Players of All-Time.
Fans can visit Top50.WHL.ca to cast their ballots once per week from a list of the top 125 players in WHL history as selected by a committee of League historians. Fans can return to the site beginning each Monday to cast a new ballot. Voting will be open until Sunday, December 20th.
The list of 125 players compiled by the committee has been separated into categories for voting based on times in which players played in the WHL. Fans must select their top three players from the 1967-76, 1977-86, 1987-96, 1997-06, and 2007-15 time periods. Additionally, fans can choose five wild card selections from any time period before completing their ballot.
Input from the committee will also be considered following the fan vote, and the Top 50 WHL Players of All-Time will be announced in the New Year.
The list of players from which fans will select their favourites includes 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 that selected the list 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.
Players Eligible for Top 50 WHL Players of All-Time Voting (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|