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.