Victoria Cougars (WHL)

The Victoria Cougars were a major junior ice hockey team based in Victoria, British Columbia that played in the WCHL (Western Canadian Hockey League) a precursor to the Western Hockey League between 1971 and 1994. Prior to 1971, the Cougars were members of the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League (1962–1967) and the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (1967–1971). The Cougars played their home games at the Victoria Memorial Arena, which was demolished in 2003.

Victoria Cougars
CityVictoria, British Columbia
LeagueWestern Hockey League
Operated1971 (1971)–94
Home arenaVictoria Memorial Arena
ColoursBlue, red, gold and white
Franchise history
1971–1994Victoria Cougars
1994-presentPrince George Cougars

They won the WHL championship in 1981. The team moved to Prince George, British Columbia in 1994 and are now the Prince George Cougars. The Cougars earned several WHL records during their time in Victoria, both for most wins (60 in 1980–81) and for fewest points (12 in 1989–90). Their five wins that season set a WHL record for futility within a 72-game season, which included a record setting 32 game losing streak(November 22, 1989 – February 11, 1990).[1]

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

SeasonGP W L T GF GA PointsFinishPlayoffs
1967–684011236146198286th BCJHLDNQ
1968–694022126223150501st BCJHLWon League, Won Mowat Cup
1969–704831125238155672nd BCJHLLost Final
1970–716040128348187881st BCJHLLost Quarter-final
1971–726818482215321385th WestOut of playoffs
1972–736813514231390305th WestOut of playoffs
1973–746822406259336505th WestOut of playoffs
1974–757047185416257991st WestLost semi-final
1975–767237287343320814th WestLost semi-final
1976–7772273213299301674th WestLost quarter-final
1977–787234299365333772nd WestLost West Division final
1978–7972342711318295792nd WestLost West Division final
1979–8072512103492261022nd WestLost final
1980–8172601114622171211st WestWon championship
1981–827243281398314872nd WestLost West Division semi-final
1982–837247241444335952nd WestLost West Division final
1983–847232400340338645th WestOut of playoffs
1984–857224434314385526th WestOut of playoffs
1985–867222491346439456th WestOut of playoffs
1986–877230411334412614th WestLost West Division semi-final
1987–887237341326335753rd WestLost West Division semi-final
1988–897236324341351762nd WestLost West Division semi-final
1989–90725652221565126th WestOut of playoffs
1990–917210593201437236th WestOut of playoffs
1991–927215525231372357th WestOut of playoffs
1992–937220493217326437th WestOut of playoffs
1993–947218513222393397th WestOut of playoffs

NHL alumni

There were 58 alumni of the Victoria Cougars who graduated from junior hockey to play in the National Hockey League. Source. Goaltender Grant Fuhr was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

See also


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