Classic Hour

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Phil talks to the BSPs about the old days of the Western Hockey League.

The BSP Classic Show from June 2005 features Bob Green’s Memorial Day weekend sales, ruined by a guy who wanted to buy “Pinto Beans.” David G. Hall is on to present Phil with an award for his prediction of the Lakers not making it in the playoffs: “dumbass of the year.” Phil starts out with some Middle East talk, and Bud continues to ridicule his Lakers prediction.

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    I finally listened the Saturday BSP show today (Monday 7/10/17). Phil’s memories of the Western Hockey League were great. As a teenager I became a HUGE Portland Buckaroo fan in 1965. It was in 1966 that the LA Blades, SF Seals and Vancouver Canucks left the WHL and joined the NHL. The Western League remained a AAA-level “minor league” with the teams remaining being the Portland Buckaroos, Seattle Totems, San Diego Gulls, Phoenix Roadrunners, Denver Spurs and Salt Lake City Golden Eagles. The WHL folded in 1973.

    The Western Hockey League was reconstituted a year or two later as a Canadian “Major Junior” league, featuring high school-level amateurs, some of whom go on to excellent NHL careers. The Portland Winterhawks are such a team, along with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-Cities WA Americans, Vancouver BC Giants, and a bunch of teams that play in small Western Canada towns.

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