WHL Announces Top 125 Players

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 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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