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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 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  
Getzlaf Ryan F 2001-05
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