Western Professional Hockey League

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Western Professional Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1996
Ceased 2001
Replaced by Central Hockey League (partial)
No. of teams 18
Country  United States
Last champion(s) Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Most titles Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (3)

The Western Professional Hockey League (abbreviated WPHL) is a defunct minor professional ice hockey league.[1]

The WPHL operated from 1996 to 2001 with teams based in the southern United States, primarily Texas and Louisiana. The league started with six teams in the 1996–97 season and grew to 18 teams in 1999–00. After the 2000–01 season, the WPHL was bought out by the Central Hockey League. Former WPHL teams continued to play in the CHL until the 2012–13 season.

President's Cup winners

(Playoff champions)

  • 1997 - El Paso Buzzards
  • 1998 - El Paso Buzzards
  • 1999 - Shreveport Mudbugs
  • 2000 - Shreveport Mudbugs
  • 2001 - Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs

Governor's Cup

(Regular season champions)

Teams in alphabetical order

Location of historical Texas- and New Mexico-based WPHL teams, 1996–2001. Note teams were not necessarily contemporaneous with each other. For teams based east of Texas, see map below.
Location of historical WPHL teams based east of Texas, 1996–2001. Not shown: Arkansas GlacierCats (Little Rock, AR), Tupelo T-Rex (Tupelo, MS).

Teams that went to the Central Hockey League

  • Amarillo Rattlers
  • Austin Ice Bats
  • Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
  • Corpus Christi IceRays
  • El Paso Buzzards
  • Fort Worth Brahmas
  • Lubbock Cotton Kings
  • New Mexico Scorpions
  • Odessa Jackalopes
  • San Angelo Outlaws

Teams that were dissolved during the CHL merger

  • Central Texas Stampede
  • Lake Charles Ice Pirates
  • Monroe Moccasins
  • Tupelo T-Rex

Individual league awards




  • Coach of the year - Todd Lalonde, Waco
  • Most valuable player - Chris Robertson, Corpus Christi
  • Man of the year - Graeme Townshend, Lake Charles
  • Scoring champion - Carl Boudreau, San Angelo
  • Rookie of the year - Kory Cooper, Waco
  • Most outstanding goaltender - Kory Cooper, Waco
  • Most outstanding defenseman - Eric Brule, Abilene
  • Playoff most valuable player - John Vecchiarelli, Shreveport
  • All-star game most valuable player - Billy Trew, El Paso



  • Coach of the year -Don McKee, Odessa
  • Most valuable player - Jason Firth, Tupelo
  • Man of the year - Travis Van Tighem, New Mexico
  • Scoring champion - Jason Firth, Tupelo
  • Rookie of the year - Ken Carroll, Bossier-Shreveport
  • Most outstanding goaltender - Ken Carroll, Bossier-Shreveport
  • Most outstanding defenseman - Mark DeSantis, New Mexico
  • Playoff most valuable player - Jason Campbell, Bossier-Shreveport
  • All-star game most valuable player - Kyle Reeves, Lubbock
  • Rick Kozuback Award - Trent Eigner, El Paso[2]

See also


  1. Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. p. x. ISBN 1-894974-21-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "CHL-WPHL Award Winners".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>