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

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 255 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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Contents

Discovering the Pacific CoastWestern Hockey League
9
194849 to 195051
15
195152 to 195455
38
195556 to 195859
66
195960 to 196263
99
196364 to 196667
128
196768 to 196970
155
197071 to 197374
179
A League for Its Times
215
Endnotes
223
Bibliography
249
135
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Jon C. Stott is a retired professor and the author of more than twenty books, including Beer 101 North: Craft Breweries and Brewpubs of the Washington and Oregon Coasts, and Beer Quest West. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico but frequently visits his hometown, Victoria, BC.

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