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The Western International Hockey League was an American-Canadian senior level ice hockey league that operated from 1946–62 and 1963–88. It grew out of the West Kootenay League, which operated in southeast British Columbia from the 1920s.[1]

The league had teams in the British Columbian cities of Trail, Nelson, Kimberley, Rossland, Fernie, and Cranbrook; in Spokane, Washington; Calgary, Alberta; Portland, Oregon; and Los Angeles. The league did not operate in 1962–63 while the Trail Smoke Eaters competed for the world amateur championship overseas.

At various times in the 1950s and 1960s the league had an interlocking schedule with the Okanagan Senior League and the Alberta Senior Hockey League. It also played matches against the Pacific Hockey League in 1978–79.

The champions of the WIHL received the Shore-Montgomery Trophy, donated by movie stars Dinah Shore and George Montgomery in 1946.[2] It is now on display in the Trail Sports Hall of Memories.


Canadian Conference
Team Arena City/area Affiliate team(s)
Cranbrook Royals
Trail Smoke Eaters
American Conference
Team Arena City/area Affiliate team(s)
Bobsville Seals











Teams






Regular season champions



  • 1946-47 Kimberley Dynamiters
  • 1947-48 Trail Smoke Eaters
  • 1948-49 Spokane Flyers (league title)
  • 1949-50 Spokane Flyers (league title)
  • 1950-51 Trail Smoke Eaters
  • 1951-52 Trail Smoke Eaters
  • 1952-53 Spokane Flyers
  • 1953-54 Nelson Maple Leafs
  • 1954-55 Kimberley Dynamiters
  • 1955-56 Spokane Flyers
  • 1956-57 Spokane Flyers
  • 1957-58 Rossland Warriors
  • 1958-59 Nelson Maple Leafs
  • 1959-60 Trail Smoke Eaters
  • 1960-61 Nelson Maple Leafs
  • 1961-62 Trail Smoke Eaters (won 1962 Allan Cup)
  • 1963-64 Kimberley Dynamiters
  • 1964-65 Nelson Maple Leafs
  • 1965-66 Kimberley Dynamiters
  • 1966-67 Nelson Maple Leafs
  • 1967-68 Spokane Jets
  • 1968-69 Spokane Jets
  • 1969-70 Spokane Jets (won 1970 Allan Cup)
  • 1970-71 Nelson Maple Leafs
  • 1971-72 Spokane Jets (won 1972 Allan Cup)
  • 1972-73 Spokane Jets
  • 1973-74 Cranbrook Royals
  • 1974-75 Spokane Flyers
  • 1975-76 Spokane Flyers (won 1976 Allan Cup)
  • 1976-77 Spokane Flyers
  • 1977-78 Kimberley Dynamiters (won 1978 Allan Cup)
  • 1978-79 Trail Smoke Eaters
  • 1979-80 Spokane Flyers (won 1980 Allan Cup)
  • 1980-81 Kimberley Dynamiters
  • 1981-82 Cranbrook Royals (won 1982 Allan Cup)
  • 1982-83 Trail Smoke Eaters
  • 1983-84 Spokane Chiefs
  • 1984-85 Spokane Chiefs[3]
  • 1985-86 Nelson Maple Leafs
  • 1986-87 Nelson Maple Leafs
  • 1987-88 Elk Valley Blazers

Note: In 1948-49 and 1949-50 the Trail Smoke Eaters advanced to the British Columbia playoffs because Spokane was not eligible for the Allan Cup.

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