Ice Warriors: The Pacific Coast/Western Hockey League 1948-1974

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Heritage House Publishing Co, Apr 15, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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Technically it was a minor league, but for hockey fans west of the Mississippi, the Western Hockey League provided major-league entertainment for over 25 years.

The WHL was a determined and ambitious professional league, with some 22 teams based in major American and Canadian cities. Known as the Pacific Coast Hockey League prior to 1952, the WHL aspired to establish itself as North America's second major league, a western counterpart to the early eastern Canada-based National Hockey League. But it never quite managed to make the jump to the majors.

Ice Warriors is a play-by-play history of the Western Hockey League, recalling the league's beginnings as the Pacific Coast League, how it came to rival the NHL and what led to its disbanding in 1974. By interviewing former players, coaches and fans, and examining statistical records, Jon C. Stott captures the WHL's glory days and pays tribute to a time when hockey was played with heart.


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Discovering the Pacific CoastWestern Hockey League
194849 to 195051
195152 to 195455
The League Getsa New Name Edmonton Wins Its First Championship
Tacoma Folds Another Prairie Team Wins the Playoffs 195354
195556 to 195859
FromWorst to First 195657
A Midwestern Threat An American Champion 195859
195960 to 196263
The PortlandDynasty Begins 196061 Winnipeg Departs San Francisco and Los Angeles Return 196162
196364 to 196667
Victoria Wins the Cup The WHL Loses Los Angeles and San Francisco
196768 to 196970

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Jon C. Stott is an English professor emeritus from the University of Alberta. His interests include writing about sports, children’s literature and beer. In 1973, he wrote the Western Hockey League’s official 25th-anniversary commemorative magazine, and he has since authored three books on minor-league sports, including Hockey Night in Dixie and Ice Warriors. He has four publications on the study of children’s literature, and in 2010, he retold stories from many lands in the children’s book A Book of Tricksters. Jon’s beer guidebook, Beer Quest West, profiles all the microbreweries in BC and Alberta. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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