Saturday, December 26, 2015

Three Former Vernon Junior Hockey Players Named WHL Top 125:

The Western Hockey League unveiled its list of top 125 players in WHL history as selected by a committee of League historians. Three former Vernon Junior hockey players were selected. Former Vernon Essos forward Dave "Tiger" Williams, former Vernon Essos-Vernon Vikings forward Don Murdoch & former Vernon Lakers forward Dennis Holland. 

Williams played one season in Vernon (1970-71) with the Essos also played three seasons (1971-74) with the Swift Current Broncos. Williams was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 2 31st overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. Williams would play fourteen seasons in the NHL with five different teams (Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Los Angeles & Hartford). Williams was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in July.    

Dave "Tiger" Williams Player Profile:

Murdoch played two seasons in Vernon (1972-1974) playing with the Vernon Essos & Vernon Vikings also played three seasons (1973-1976) with the Kamloops Chiefs & Medicine Hat Tigers. Murdoch was drafted by the New York Rangers in Round 1 6th overall in the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft.

Don Murdoch's Player Profile:

Holland played one season in Vernon (1985-86) with the Vernon Lakers also played three seasons (1986-1989) with the Portland Winterhawks. In 51 games with the Lakers Holland picked up (43-goals-62-assists-105-points). Holland was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in Round 3 52nd overall in the 1987 NHL Draft. 

Dennis Holland's Player Profile:

This was posted on the WHL website:


Tue Sep 22

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.

This article takes up a full page, so I had to shorten the article.  In order to read the full story-article, click on the "read more" near the bottom left corner of this post.

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 1974-79 Cranbrook, BC Brandon Wheat Kings

Alzner Karl 2003-08 Burnaby, BC Calgary Hitmen

Babych Wayne 1973-78 Edmonton, AB Portland Winter Hawks-Edmonton Oil Kings

Barnes Stu 1987-90 Spruce Grove, AB Tri-City Americans-New Westminster Bruins

Barrie Tyson 2006-11 Victoria, BC Kelowna Rockets

Baumgartner Nolan 1992-96 Calgary, AB Kamloops Blazers

Beck Barry 1973-77 Vancouver, BC New Westminster Bruins-Kamloops Chiefs

Benn Jamie 2007-09 Victoria, BC Kelowna Rockets

Benning Jim 1978-81 Edmonton, AB Portland Winter Hawks

Bjorkstrand Oliver 2012-15 Herning, Denmark Portland Winterhawks

Boschman Laurie 1976-79 Major, SK Brandon Wheat Kings

Bouwmeester Jay 1998-02 Edmonton, AB Medicine Hat Tigers

Brendl Pavel 1998-01 Opocno, Czech Rep. Calgary Hitmen

Bridgman Mel 1971-75 Trenton, ON Victoria Cougars

Brouwer Troy 2001-06 Vancouver, BC Moose Jaw Warriors

Brown Rob 1983-87 St. Albert, AB Kamloops Blazers

Callander Jock 1978-82 Regina, SK Regina Pats

Chapman Blair 1973-76 Lloydminster, SK Saskatoon Blades

Chipperfield Ron 1970-74 Brandon, MB Brandon Wheat Kings

Clark Wendel 1983-85 Kelvington, SK Saskatoon Blades

Clarke Bob 1967-69 Flin Flon, MB Flin Flon Bombers

Davidson John 1969-73 Calgary, AB Calgary Centennials

Dawes Nigel 2001-05 Winnipeg, MB Kootenay ICE

Derkatch Dale 1981-85 Winnipeg, MB Regina Pats

Derlago Bill 1974-78 Birtle, MB Brandon Wheat Kings

Doan Shane 1992-95 Halkirk, AB Kamloops Blazers

Draisaitl Leon 2012-15 Cologne, Germany Kelowna Rockets-Prince Albert Raiders

Eakin Cody 2006-11 Winnipeg, MB Kootenay ICE-Swift Current Broncos

Eberle Jordan 2006-10 Regina, SK Regina Pats

Ennis Tyler 2005-09 Edmonton, AB Medicine Hat Tigers

Etem Emerson 2009-12 Long Beach, CA Medicine Hat Tigers

Evason Dean 1980-84 Winnipeg, MB Kamloops Jr. Oilers-Spokane Chiefs

Falloon Pat 1988-91 Foxwarren, MB Spokane Chiefs

Federko Bernie 1973-76 Foam Lake, SK Saskatoon Blades

Fehr Eric 2000-05 Winkler, MB Brandon Wheat Kings

Ferraro Ray 1982-84 Trail, BC Brandon Wheat Kings-Portland Winter Hawks

Fleury Theoren 1984-88 Oxbow, SK Moose Jaw Warriors

Fuhr Grant 1979-81 Spruce Grove, AB Victoria Cougars

Gallagher Brendan 2008-12 Delta, BC Vancouver Giants

Gare Danny 1971-74 Nelson, BC Calgary Centennials

Getzlaf Ryan 2001-05 Regina, SK Calgary Hitmen

Gillies Clark 1971-74 Moose Jaw, SK Regina Pats

Goodall Glen 1986-90 Fort Nelson, BC Seattle Thunderbirds

Hamhuis Dan 1998-02 Smithers, BC Prince George Cougars

Hanlon Glen 1974-77 Brandon, MB Brandon Wheat Kings

Hawgood Greg 1983-88 Edmonton, AB Kamloops Blazers

Henning Lorne 1968-72 Melfort, SK New Westminster Bruins-Estevan Bruins

Hodgson Dan 1980-85 Fort McMurray, AB Prince Albert Raiders-Spokane Flyers

Holland Dennis 1985-89 Vernon, BC Portland Winter Hawks

Hossa Marian 1997-98 Stara Lubovna, Slovakia Portland Winter Hawks

Hrudey Kelly 1978-81 Edmonton, AB Medicine Hat Tigers

Iginla Jarome 1993-96 Edmonton, AB Kamloops Blazers

Johansen Ryan 2009-11 Vancouver, BC Portland Winterhawks

Johnson Tyler 2007-11 Spokane, WA Spokane Chiefs

Joly Greg 1971-74 Rocky Mountain House, AB Regina Pats

Keith Duncan 2002-03 Winnipeg, MB Kelowna Rockets

Kidd Trevor 1988-91 Dugald, MB Spokane Chiefs-Brandon Wheat Kings

Kozun Brandon 2006-10 Los Angeles, CA Calgary Hitmen

Ladd Andrew 2001-05 Maple Ridge, BC Calgary Hitmen-Vancouver Giants

Lambert Dan 1986-90 St. Boniface, MB Swift Current Broncos

Langkow Daymond 1991-96 Edmonton, AB Tri-City Americans

Lazar Curtis 2010-14 Salmon Arm, BC Edmonton Oil Kings

Leach Reggie 1967-70 Riverton, MB Flin Flon Bombers

Linden Trevor 1985-88 Medicine Hat, AB Medicine Hat Tigers

Lowry Adam 2009-13 Calgary, AB Swift Current Broncos

Lucic Milan 2004-07 Vancouver, BC Vancouver Giants

Lysiak Tom 1970-73 High Prairie, AB Medicine Hat Tigers

Marleau Patrick 1995-97 Swift Current, SK Seattle Thunderbirds

Martyniuk Ray 1967-70 Flin Flon, MB Flin Flon Bombers

McCarthy Kevin 1973-77 Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg Monarchs

McCrimmon Brad 1976-79 Plenty, SK Brandon Wheat Kings

McDonald Lanny 1970-73 Hanna, AB Medicine Hat Tigers-Calgary Centennials

Modano Mike 1986-89 Livonia, MI Prince Albert Raiders

Moran Brad 1995-00 Abbotsford, BC Calgary Hitmen

Mueller Peter 2005-07 Bloomington, MN Everett Silvertips

Murdoch Don 1973-76 Cranbrook, BC Medicine Hat Tigers-Kamloops Chiefs

Murray Marty 1991-95 Lyleton, MB Brandon Wheat Kings

Myers Tyler 2005-09 Calgary, AB Kelowna Rockets

Neely Cam 1982-84 Comox, BC Portland Winter Hawks

Niedermayer Scott 1989-92 Cranbrook, BC Kamloops Blazers

Nugent-Hopkins Ryan 2008-11 Burnaby, BC Red Deer Rebels

Pederson Barry 1977-81 Big River, SK Victoria Cougars

Petan Nic 2010-15 Delta, BC Portland Winterhawks

Phaneuf Dion 2001-05 Edmonton, AB Red Deer Rebels

Phillips Chris 1995-97 Calgary, AB Lethbridge Hurricanes-Prince Albert Raiders

Pinder Gerry 1966-67 Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Blades

Pouliot Derrick 2009-14 Estevan, SK Portland Winterhawks

Price Carey 2002-07 Anahim Lake, BC Tri-City Americans

Propp Brian 1976-79 Neudorf, SK Brandon Wheat Kings

Rattie Ty 2008-13 Airdrie, AB Portland Winterhawks

Recchi Mark 1984-88 Kamloops, BC Kamloops Blazers-New Westminster Bruins

Redden Wade 1993-96 Lloydminster, SK Brandon Wheat Kings

Rielly Morgan 2010-13 Vancouver, BC Moose Jaw Warriors

Reinhart Sam 2010-15 North Vancouver, BC Kootenay ICE

Robinson Todd 1994-99 Trail, BC Portland Winter Hawks

Rogers Mike 1971-74 Calgary, AB Calgary Centennials

Ronning Cliff 1983-85 Burnaby, BC New Westminster Bruins

Rota Darcy 1970-73 Vancouver, BC Edmonton Oil Kings

Russell Kris 2003-07 Caroline, AB Medicine Hat Tigers

Sakic Brian 1987-92 Burnaby, BC Tri-City Americans-Swift Current Broncos

Sakic Joe 1985-88 Burnaby, BC Swift Current Broncos-Lethbridge Broncos

Schenn Brayden 2007-11 Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Blades-Brandon Wheat Kings

Seabrook Brent 2000-05 Richmond, BC Lethbridge Hurricanes

Shinnimin Brendan 2007-12 Winnipeg, MB Tri-City Americans

Sillinger Mike 1987-91 Regina, SK Regina Pats

Smyth Ryan 1991-95 Banff, AB Moose Jaw Warriors

Sobchuk Dennis 1970-74 Lang, SK Regina Pats-Estevan Bruins

Staniowski Ed 1971-75 Moose Jaw, SK Regina Pats

Stoll Jarret 1997-02 Melville, SK Kootenay ICE

Stuart Brad 1995-99 Rocky Mountain House, AB Calgary Hitmen-Regina Pats

Sutter Brent 1979-82 Viking, AB Lethbridge Broncos

Sutter Brian 1974-76 Viking, AB Lethbridge Broncos

Sydor Darryl 1988-92 Edmonton, AB Kamloops Blazers

Trottier Bryan 1972-75 Val Marie, SK Lethbridge Broncos-Swift Current Broncos

Tsujiura Steve 1977-82 Coaldale, AB Calgary Wranglers-Medicine Hat Tigers

Tucker Darcy 1991-95 Castor, AB Kamloops Blazers

Vernon Mike 1980-83 Calgary, AB Calgary Wranglers

Walter Ryan 1973-78 New Westminster, BC Seattle Breakers-Kamloops Chiefs

Ward Cam 2000-04 Saskatoon, SK Red Deer Rebels

Weber Shea 2001-05 Sicamous, BC Kelowna Rockets

Wesley Glen 1983-87 Red Deer, AB Portland Winter Hawks

Whitney Ray 1988-91 Fort Saskatchewan, AB Spokane Chiefs

Wickenheiser Doug 1977-80 Regina, SK Regina Pats

Williams Dave "Tiger" 1971-74 Weyburn, SK Swift Current Broncos

Yaremchuk Ken 1979-83 Edmonton, AB Portland Winter Hawks

1 comment:

vipersdiehardfan said...

Why wasnt former Vernon Lakers-Vipers Troy Mick in this list of former WHL greats? Mick played four seasons with the Portland Winterhawks & Regina Pats and had huge numbers. Mick played in 267 WHL games collected (204-goals-262-assists-466-points). Mick scored 63 goals in just his second WHL season, scored 60 goals twice in his career put up 147 points in just his second season with the Winterhawks.