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

Paperback | November 3, 2008

byJon C. Stott

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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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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 19...

Jon C. Stott is professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. In 1973 he wrote the Western Hockey League’s official commemorative magazine, and he is the author of three books on minor-league sports, including Hockey Night in Dixie (2006). Stott spent many winter evenings from 1951 to 1963 watching WHL hockey games in Victoria and V...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.25 inPublished:November 3, 2008Publisher:Heritage House PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Broad Coverage of the PCHL/WHL Mr. Stott did his homework before writing this book. As his bibliography indicates, he researched numerous articles and either quoted or conducted many interviews with players, coaches, journalists and fans who were part of the old Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL) and the Western Hockey League(WHL). This book should satisfy the interests of anyone in western North America who is into hockey. There are a lot of interesting stories, facts and statistics about these two leagues. Mr. Stott also uses an active writing style that keeps the book moving along, which kept me interested in flipping the pages. If you are interested in this subject, then I think you will probably like reading this book.
Date published: 2011-01-28