Western Hockey League
The Western Hockey League is a major junior ice hockey league based in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. The WHL is one of three leagues that constitutes the Canadian Hockey League as the highest level of junior hockey in Canada. Teams play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup, with the winner moving on to play for the Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship. WHL teams have won the Memorial Cup 19 times since the league became eligible to compete for the trophy. Many players have been drafted from WHL teams, have found success at various levels of professional hockey, including the National Hockey League; the league was founded in 1966, as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League, with seven western Canadian teams in Saskatchewan and Alberta. From 1967, the league was renamed the Western Canada Hockey League, before the admission of American based teams in the league and renaming as the Western Hockey League commencing in 1978, up to present day; the league was the brainchild of Bill Hunter, who intended to build a western league capable of competing with the top leagues in Ontario and Quebec.
Considered an "outlaw league" by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, the WCHL was sanctioned as the top junior league in Western Canada when junior hockey was reorganized in 1970. Today, the WHL comprises 22 teams, divided into two conferences of two divisions; the Eastern Conference comprises 12 teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, while the Western Conference comprises ten teams from British Columbia, the US states of Washington and Oregon. Despite winning the 1966 Memorial Cup, the Edmonton Oil Kings' owner, Bill Hunter, was growing concerned about the state of junior hockey in western Canada; each of the West's four provinces had its own junior league, Hunter felt that this put them at a disadvantage when competing nationally against the powerful leagues in Ontario and Quebec. Desiring stronger competition, Hunter's Oil Kings competed in the Alberta Senior Hockey League rather than the Alberta Junior Hockey League; the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association informed the Oil Kings that they were required to play in a junior hockey league for the 1966–67 season or would be held ineligible to compete for the Memorial Cup.
This led Hunter to form a new league with five former members of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, the Estevan Bruins, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Moose Jaw Canucks, Weyburn Red Wings, to leave the SJHL and join the Oil Kings and the Calgary Buffaloes in a new league known as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League. Despite concerns that this new league would see the demise of the Alberta and Saskatchewan leagues, the governing bodies in both provinces sanctioned the new league; the CAHA did not, declaring the CMJHL to be an "outlaw league" and suspending all teams and players from participation in CAHA sanctioned events. The new league accused the CAHA of overstepping its boundaries and with the support of the players and their families, chose to play the season regardless; the new league deliberately avoided including the term "Western" in its moniker, as some of its founders wanted to keep open the possibility of inviting top Eastern junior clubs to join in a national elite junior league in case negotiations with the CAHA reached a complete impasse.
The CMJHL renamed itself the Western Canada Hockey League in 1967, adding four new teams to total 11 as the league stretched east into Manitoba. Concerns over the WCHL's relationship with the CAHA led the Pats and Red Wings to withdraw before the 1968–69 season, returning to the SJHL; when the CAHA reorganized junior hockey in 1971, it named the WCHL one of three Tier I Major-Junior leagues, along with the Ontario Hockey Association's Tier I division and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The first decade of the WCHL saw constant expansion and franchise movement as the league spread throughout the West; the Flin Flon Bombers became the league's first powerhouse team, led by future NHL stars Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach. The Brandon Wheat Kings and Swift Current Broncos joined in 1967, the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1970; the WCHL became a western league in 1971 when Estevan moved to B. C. to become the New Westminster Bruins, joined by expansion franchises the Victoria Cougars and Vancouver Nats.
In the mid 1970s, the New Westminster Bruins became the WCHL's first true dynasty, capturing four consecutive championships between 1975 and 1978. The Bruins won back-to-back Memorial Cups in 1977 and 1978. In 1976, the Oil Kings succumbed to the competing Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association and relocated to Portland to become the Winter Hawks, the WCHL's first American franchise. With the addition of American teams in Seattle and Billings a year the WCHL shortened its name to the Western Hockey League; the 1980s were marked by several brawls that involved police intervention, one of the most bizarre trades in hockey history, the tragic deaths of four players in a bus crash. Early in the 1980–81 WHL season, Medicine Hat Tigers GM/Coach Pat Ginnell traded blows with a linesman during a bench clearing brawl against the Lethbridge Broncos. Ginnell was found guilty of assault, fined $360, suspended for 36 games by the WHL. In March 1982 a violent brawl between the Regina Pats and Calgary Wranglers saw the two teams collectively fined $2250 and players suspended for 73 games combined.
Pats coach Bill LaForge would end up in a courtroom that season when he got into an altercation with a fan. LaForge was acquitted when the judge noted that it was hard to convict a man for assault when faced with "an obnoxious person trying to get into the coach's area." LaForge resigned following the sea
The Regina Pats are a junior ice hockey team that plays in the Western Hockey League. The Pats are based out of Regina and the Brandt Centre is their home arena; the Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world that have continuously operated from their original location and use the same name. They began operations in 1917, they were named the Regina Patricia Hockey Club, after Princess Patricia of Connaught, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and daughter of the Governor General. The team name was associated with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, named for the same Princess, to the point that Pats sweaters still bear the regimental badge and "PPCLI" flash as a shoulder patch. In 2017 the club celebrated its 100th anniversary. Games are broadcast on 620 CKRM radio. In 1923, the team's name was shortened to the Pats. For the 1927-28 season the Pats merged with the Regina Falcons and called themselves the Regina Monarchs; the team went on to win the Memorial Cup that year and changed back to the Pats nickname in 1928-29.
During the 1940s and 1950s the club was a farm team for the Montreal Canadiens. The Pats played in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1946 to 1948, the Western Canada Junior Hockey League from 1948 to 1956, the SJHL again from 1956 to 1966. A charter member of the WCHL in 1966, the Pats returned to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in 1968 so that they could qualify for the Memorial Cup, winning the league title in their first year, they returned to the WCHL for good in 1970. In their place the Regina Blues were formed as their farm team in the SJHL; the Blues folded in 1982. In 1977, they moved from Regina Exhibition Stadium to the adjacent and brand-new Agridome, since renamed the Brandt Centre; the Regina Pats are now owned by Queen City Sports and Entertainment Group, a consortium of owners that include Anthony Marquart, Todd Lumbard, Shaun Semple, Gavin Semple and Jason Drummond. The Pats have been Memorial Cup champions 4 times and western Canadian junior hockey champions 14 times.
They were Saskatchewan junior hockey champions in 1918. The Pats have appeared in more Memorial Cups than any other team, winning 4 times and finishing as the runner-up 9 times, they have been Memorial Cup hosts 7 times: 1947, 1955, 1957, 1969, 1980, 2001 and 2018. The club has twice won the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as Western Hockey League regular season champions - in 1973-74 and 2016-17. 1966-67: Loss, 1-4 vs Moose Jaw 1971-72: Loss, 1-4 vs Edmonton 1973-74: Win, 4-0 vs Calgary 1979-80: Win, 4-1 vs Victoria 1981-82: Loss, 1-4 vs Portland 1983-84: Loss, 3-4 vs Kamloops 2016-17: Loss, 2-4 vs Seattle John Paddock is the current general manager. David Struch is assistant general manager. Brad Herauf is an assistant coach. Updated January 22, 2019. # 1 Ed Staniowski # 7 Jordan Eberle # 8 Brad Hornung # 9 Clark Gillies #12 Doug Wickenheiser #14 Dennis Sobchuk #15 Jock Callander #16 Dale Derkatch #16 Mike Sillinger #17 Bill Hicke 2016 - Sam Steel - Drafted 30th overall by the Anaheim Ducks 2013 - Morgan Klimchuk- Drafted 28th overall by the Calgary Flames 2008 - Colten Teubert- Drafted 13th overall by the Los Angeles Kings 2008 - Jordan Eberle- Drafted 22nd overall by the Edmonton Oilers 2007 - Nick Ross- Drafted 30th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes 1999 - Barret Jackman- Drafted 17th overall by the St. Louis Blues.
1998 - Brad Stuart - Drafted 3rd overall by the San Jose Sharks. 1996 - Josh Holden - Drafted 12th overall by the Vancouver Canucks. 1996 - Derek Morris - Drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames. 1994 - Jeff Friesen - Drafted 11th overall by the San Jose Sharks. 1992 - Jason Smith - Drafted 18th overall by the New Jersey Devils. 1989 - Mike Sillinger - Drafted 11th overall by the Detroit Red Wings. 1989 - Kevin Haller - Drafted 14th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. 1989 - Jamie Heward - Drafted 16th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. 1985 - Brent Fedyk - Drafted 8th overall by the Detroit Red Wings. 1984 - Selmar Odelein - Drafted 21st overall by the Edmonton Oilers. 1983 - Nevin Markwart - Drafted 21st overall by the Boston Bruins. 1981 - Garth Butcher - Drafted 10th overall by the Vancouver Canucks. 1980 - Doug Wickenheiser - Drafted 1st overall by the Montreal Canadiens. 1980 - Darren Veitch - Drafted 5th overall by the Washington Capitals. 1980 - Mike Blaisdell - Drafted 11th overall by the Detroit Red Wings.
1974 - Greg Joly - Drafted 1st overall by the Washington Capitals. 1974 - Clark Gillies - Drafted 4th overall by the New York Islanders. 1971 - Larry Wright - Drafted 8th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers. 1968 - Ron Snell - Drafted 14th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Baseball great Larry Walker once tried out for the Regina Pats as a goaltender. Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Nyjer Morgan had a stint with the Regina Pats in 1999–2000, he played 7 games for the Pats, registering 20 penalty minutes. MLB pitcher Dustin Molleken played a single game with the Regina Pats. Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against 1969 Won League, Won Abbott Cup, Lost 1969 Memorial CupRegina Pats defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-none Regina Pats defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-1 SAJHL CHAMPIONS Regina Pats defeated Lethbridge Sugar Kings 4-games-to-2 Regina Pats defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games
Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is one of the three major junior ice hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. The league is for players aged 16–21. There are 20 teams in the OHL; the league was founded in 1980, when its predecessor league, the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League formally split away from the Ontario Hockey Association, joining the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League and its direct affiliation with Hockey Canada. The OHL traces its history of Junior A hockey back to 1933 with the partition of Junior A and B. In 1970, the OHA Junior A League was one of five Junior A leagues operating in Ontario; the OHA was promoted to Tier I Junior A for the 1970–71 season and took up the name Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. Since 1980 the league has grown into a high-profile marketable product, with many games broadcast on television and radio. Leagues for ice hockey in Ontario were first organized in 1890 by the newly created Ontario Hockey Association. In 1892 the OHA recognized junior hockey - referring to skill rather than age.
In 1896 the OHA moved to the modern age-limited junior hockey concept, distinct from senior and intermediate divisions. Since the evolution to the Ontario Hockey League has developed through four distinct eras of junior-aged non-professional hockey in Ontario. In 1933, the junior division was divided into two levels, Junior A and Junior B. In 1970 the Junior A level was divided into two levels, Tier I and Tier II. In 1974 the Tier I/Major Junior A group separated from the OHA and became the independent'Ontario Major Junior Hockey League'. In 1980, the OMJHL became the'Ontario Hockey League.' From 1974 until 1978, Clarence "Tubby" Schmalz was the league's commissioner. For one season, former IHL commissioner Bill Beagan served as commissioner of the OMJHL. Beginning with the 1979-80 season, David Branch has been the Commissioner of the OHL. Branch was appointed on August 11, 1979, assumed the commissioner's role on September 17, 1979. Cornwall Royals 1981-1992 - moved to Newmarket Newmarket Royals 1992-1994 - moved to Sarnia Niagara Falls Flyers 1980-1982 - moved to North Bay as Centennials North Bay Centennials 1982-2002 - moved to Saginaw Brantford Alexanders 1980-1984 - moved to Hamilton as Steelhawks Hamilton Steelhawks 1984-1988 - moved to Niagara Falls as Thunder Niagara Falls Thunder 1988-1996 - moved to Erie Guelph Platers 1980-1989 - moved to Owen Sound as Platers and as Attack 2000 Toronto Marlboros 1980-1989 - moved to Hamilton as Dukes Dukes of Hamilton 1989-1991 - moved to Guelph as Storm Detroit Junior Red Wings 1992-1995 - renamed as Whalers and moved to Plymouth in 1997 and to Flint in 2015 as Firebirds Brampton Battalion 1998-2013 - moved to North Bay as Battalion Mississauga IceDogs 1998-2007 - moved to Niagara as IceDogs Toronto St. Michael's Majors 1996-2007 - moved to Mississauga as St Michael's Majors and 2012 as Steelheads Belleville Bulls 1981-2015 - moved to Hamilton as Bulldogs The 20 OHL clubs play a 68-game unbalanced schedule, which starts in the third full week of September, running until the third week of March.
Ninety percent of OHL games are scheduled between Thursday and Sunday to minimize the number of school days missed for its players. 20% of players on active rosters in the National Hockey League have come from the OHL, about 54% of NHL players are alumni of the Canadian Hockey League. The J. Ross Robertson Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the Championship Series; the Cup is named for John Ross Robertson, president of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1901 to 1905. The OHL playoffs consist of the top 16 teams in 8 from each conference; the teams play a best-of-seven game series, the winner of each series advances to the next round. The final two teams compete for the J. Ross Robertson Cup; the OHL champion competes with the winners of the Western Hockey League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the host of the tournament to play for the Memorial Cup, awarded to the junior hockey champions of Canada. The host team of the tournament is alternated between the three leagues every season.
The most recent OHL team to win the Memorial Cup was the Windsor Spitfires in 2017. The Memorial Cup has been captured 17 times by OHL/OHA teams since the tournament went to a three-league format in 1972: The Cup was won 16 times by OHA teams in the period between 1945 and 1971: The OHL's predecessor, the OHA, had a midget and juvenile draft dating back to the 50s, until voted out in 1962. In 1966 it was resumed. Starting in the 70s the draft went through several changes; the draft was for 17-year-old midgets not associated with teams through their sponsored youth programs. In 1971 the league first allowed "underage" midgets to be picked in the first three rounds. In 1972 disagreements about the Toronto team's rights to its "Marlie" players and claims to American player Mark Howe led to a revised system. In 1973 each team was permitted to protect 8 midget area players. In 1975 the league phased out the area protections, the 1976 OHA midget draft was the first in which all midget players were eligible.
In 1999 the league changed the draft to a bantam age. It is a selection of players who are residents of the province of Ontario, the states of Michigan and New York, other designated U. S. states east of the Mississippi Missouri. Prior to 2001
Western Canada referred to as the Western provinces and more known as the West, is a region of Canada that includes the four provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. British Columbia is culturally, economically and politically distinct from the other parts of Western Canada and is referred to as the "west coast" or "Pacific Canada", while Alberta and Manitoba are grouped together as the Prairie Provinces and most known as "The Prairies"; the capital cities of the four western provinces, from west to east, are. With the exception of Winnipeg, the largest city in Manitoba, all other provincial capitals of the Western Provinces are located in the second-largest metropolitan areas of their respective province. Western Canada is the traditional territory of numerous First Nations predating the arrival of Europeans; as Britain colonized the west, it established treaties with various First Nations, took control of other areas without opposition and fought with other First Nations to take control of Western Canada.
Not all lands were ceded by the First Nations to British control and land claims are still ongoing. In 1858, the British government established the Colony of British Columbia, governing that part of Canada still known as British Columbia; the British government established the Hudson's Bay Company which controlled most of the current area of Western Canada, northern Ontario and northern Quebec, the area known as Rupert's Land and the North-Western Territory. In 1870, the British government transferred the lands of the company to Canada; the area of Western Canada not within British Columbia was established as the Northwest Territories under Canadian control. The Western Canadian provinces other than British Columbia were established from areas of the Northwest Territories: Manitoba established as a province of Canada in 1870, following the enacting of the Manitoba Act. British Columbia: Under terms that Canada would absorb the colony's debt, would begin to subsidize public work, would begin to construct a railway allowing travel from British Columbia to Ontario, British Columbia agreed to join Canadian confederation in 1871.
Saskatchewan: Established as province in 1905, with the implementation of the Saskatchewan Act. Alberta: In 1905, the same year as Saskatchewan, Alberta was established as province. Just like Saskatchewan had the Saskatchewan Act, Alberta had the Alberta Act; as of the 2016 Census, the total population of Western Canada was nearly 11.1 million, including 4.65 million in British Columbia, 4.07 million in Alberta, 1.1 million in Saskatchewan, 1.28 million in Manitoba. This represents 31.5% of Canada's population. While Vancouver serves as the largest metropolitan area in Western Canada at nearly 2.5 million people, Calgary serves as the largest municipality at over 1.2 million people. As of the 2016 Census, Statistics Canada recognized ten census metropolitan areas within Western Canada, including four in British Columbia, three in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, one in Manitoba; the following is a list of these areas and their populations as of 2016. From 2011 to 2016, the fastest growing CMAs in the country were the five located in Alberta and Saskatchewan: Calgary, Saskatoon and Lethbridge.
These were the only CMAs in the country to register growth over 10%. The three fastest growing CMAs - Calgary and Saskatoon - were unchanged from the previous intercensal period. Western Canada consists of the country's four westernmost provinces: British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba, it covers 2.9 million square kilometres – 29% of Canada's land area. British Columbia adjoins the Pacific Ocean to the west, while Manitoba has a coastline on Hudson Bay in its northeast of the province. Both Alberta and Saskatchewan are landlocked between British Manitoba; the Canadian Prairies are part of a vast sedimentary plain covering much of Alberta, southern Saskatchewan, southwestern Manitoba. The prairies form a significant portion of the land area of Western Canada; the plains describes the expanses of flat, arable agricultural land which sustain extensive grain farming operations in the southern part of the provinces. Despite this, some areas such as the Cypress Hills and Alberta Badlands are quite hilly and the prairie provinces contain large areas of forest such as the Mid-Continental Canadian forests.
In Alberta and British Columbia, the Canadian Cordillera is bounded by the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Canadian Rockies are part of a major continental divide that extends north and south through western North America and western South America; the continental divide defines much of the border between Alberta and British Columbia. The Columbia and the Fraser Rivers have their headwaters in the Canadian Rockies and are the second- and third-largest rivers to drain to the west coast of North America. To the west of their headwaters, across the Rocky Mountain Trench, is a second belt of mountains, the Columbia Mountains, comprising the Selkirk, Purcell and Cariboo Mountains sub-ranges; the coast of British Columbia enjoys a moderate oceanic climate because of the influence of the Pacific Ocean, with temperatures similar to those of the British Isles. Winters are wet and summers dry; these areas enjoy the mildest winter weather in all of Canada, as temperatures fall much below the freezing mark.
The mountainous Interior of the province is drier
George Richardson Memorial Trophy
The George Richardson Memorial Trophy was presented annually from 1932 until 1971, by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. It represented the Eastern Canadian junior hockey championship, a berth in the Memorial Cup final versus the Abbott Cup champion from Western Canada; the George Richardson Memorial Trophy was retired in 1971, when the Memorial Cup became a round-robin series between the winners of the three major junior hockey leagues in Canada. Trophy was donated by James Armstrong Richardson Sr. in April 1932, in memory of his brother Captain George Taylor Richardson. He was a Canadian ice hockey player, philanthropist, a soldier. Richardson was considered one of the finest amateurs of his time, he played for the Queen's University team that challenged the Ottawa Hockey Club for the 1906 Stanley Cup, played for the 14th Regiment of Kingston team won the Ontario Hockey Association title, the J. Ross Robertson Trophy in 1908, the 1909 Allan Cup, he was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950.
Richardson was part of a prominent Kingston, Ontario family that owned and operated James Richardson & Sons. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in World War I, died in action in Belgium, was created a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of the French Third Republic; the Eastern Canada junior playoffs were open to the champions from five respective regions. However, league champions did not always participate, the format varied depending on the number of teams. In the late 1950s, the Junior Canadiens participated as an independent team. Ontario-based teams won the most championships. No team from the Maritimes won the George Richardson Memorial Trophy, the last time a Northern Ontario team won it occurred in 1937; the final Richardson Cup in 1971 between the Quebec Remparts and the St. Catharines Black Hawks was controversial due to violence and off-ice disputes causing its abandonment before completion; the series was played when tensions were high between Anglophone Canadians and Francophone nationalists, featured future NHL stars Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne.
The series was intended to be best-of-seven, but ended after five games with the Remparts leading three games to two. St. Catharines refused to return to Quebec City due to violence that occurred after game four, threats from the Front de libération du Québec against its players; the CAHA declared the series over. List of champions and finalists of the George Richardson Memorial Trophy. Number in parenthesis denotes. List of Canadian Hockey League awards Biographical information and career statistics from Legends of Hockey History of hockey and the Canadian military Veterans Affairs Canada
Weyburn is the tenth-largest city in Saskatchewan, Canada. The city has a population of 10,870, it is on the Souris River 110 kilometres southeast of the provincial capital of Regina and is 70 km north from the North Dakota border in the United States. The name is reputedly a corruption of the Scottish "wee burn," referring to a small creek; the city is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Weyburn No. 67. The Canadian Pacific Railway reached the future site of Weyburn from Brandon, Manitoba in 1892 and the Soo Line from North Portal on the US border in 1893. A post office opened in 1895 and a land office in 1899 in anticipation of the land rush which soon ensued. In 1899, Knox Presbyterian Church was founded with its building constructed in 1906 in the high-pitched gable roof and arches, standing as a testimony to the faith and optimism in the Weyburn area. Weyburn was constituted a village in 1900, a town in 1903 and as a city in 1913. From 1910 until 1931 the Weyburn Security Bank was headquartered in the city.
Weyburn had since become an important railroad town in Saskatchewan – the Pasqua branch of the Souris, Weyburn, Regina CPR branch. Weyburn was home to the Souris Valley Mental Health Hospital, closed as a health care facility and sold in 2006, demolished in 2009; when the mental hospital opened in 1921, it was the largest building in the British Commonwealth and was considered to be on the cutting edge of experimental treatments for people with mental disabilities. The facility had a reputation of leading the way in therapeutic programming. At its peak, the facility was home to 2,500 patients; the history of the facility is explored in the documentary Weyburn: An Archaeology of Madness. The city had a population of 10,484 in 2011, having increased from 9,433 in 2006. Weyburn is situated near the upper delta of the 470-mile long Souris River; the Souris River continues southeast through North Dakota meeting the Assiniboine River in Manitoba. In the 1800s this area was known as an extension of the Greater Yellow Grass Marsh.
Extensive flood control programs have created reservoirs and waterfowl centres along the Souris River. Between 1988 and 1995, the Rafferty-Alameda Project was constructed to alleviate spring flooding problems created by the Souris River. Weyburn has a humid continental climate typical of Southern Saskatchewan. Weyburn is the largest inland grain gathering point in Canada. Well over half a million tons of grain pass through the Weyburn terminals each year. Oil and gas exploration make up the other major component of the economy; the Soo Line Historical Museum is a Municipal Heritage Property under Saskatchewan's Heritage Property Act. Weyburn is home to the world's first curling museum, the Turner Curling Museum; the public school system, South East Cornerstone School Division No. 209, operates the following schools. Assiniboia Park Elementary School Haig School Queen Elizabeth School Souris School Weyburn Comprehensive High SchoolIt operated Weyburn Junior High School from 1966 to 2016, closed in favour of relocating students to Weyburn Comprehensive High School.
The separate school system, Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 140, operates St. Michael School. Southeast College offers technical and non-degree programs, as well as distance learning from the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan; the Weyburn Public Library is a branch of the Southeast Regional Library system. Weyburn is at the junction of highways 13, 35 and 39; the Weyburn Airport is northeast of the city. Electricity is provided by SaskPower and natural gas is provided by SaskEnergy; the city maintains waste management system. Telephone and internet services are provided by both Access Communications; the Weyburn General Hospital is operated by the SunCountry Health Region. The Weyburn Police Service and local RCMP detachment provide law enforcement for the city. Fire protection services are provided by the Weyburn Fire Department. Weyburn is the home of the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and the Beavers of the Western Major Baseball League, a collegiate summer baseball league in Canada's prairie provinces.
In addition, Weyburn is home to Saskatchewan's largest amateur wrestling club. Golden West Broadcasting operates three radio stations that serve the surrounding area. All three stations, the cluster's news website Discover Weyburn, are based out of studios on 305 Souris Avenue in downtown Weyburn. Glacier Media Group publishes three newspapers for Weyburn and area: the Weyburn Review and Area Booster, Weyburn This Week. Pat Binns - former premier of Prince Edward Island Graham DeLaet - professional golfer Shirley Douglas - actress Tommy Douglas - politician, recipient of The Greatest Canadian award in 2004 Eric Grimson - former Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Brett Jones - professional football player Guy Gavriel Kay - writer Trenna Keating – actress Brendon LaBatte - professional football player Jackie Lind - Emmy Award-winning casting director. W. O. Mitchell - writer Mark Steven Morton - writer Humphry Osmond - medical researcher Derrick Pouliot - professional hockey player Dave "Tiger" Williams - former pr
Seating capacity is the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, limitations set by law. Seating capacity can be used in the description of anything ranging from an automobile that seats two to a stadium that seats hundreds of thousands of people; the largest sporting venue in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has a permanent seating capacity for more than 235,000 people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000. Safety is a primary concern in determining the seating capacity of a venue: "Seating capacity, seating layouts and densities are dictated by legal requirements for the safe evacuation of the occupants in the event of fire"; the International Building Code specifies, "In places of assembly, the seats shall be securely fastened to the floor" but provides exceptions if the total number of seats is fewer than 100, if there is a substantial amount of space available between seats or if the seats are at tables.
It delineates the number of available exits for interior balconies and galleries based on the seating capacity, sets forth the number of required wheelchair spaces in a table derived from the seating capacity of the space. The International Fire Code, portions of which have been adopted by many jurisdictions, is directed more towards the use of a facility than the construction, it specifies, "For areas having fixed seating without dividing arms, the occupant load shall not be less than the number of seats based on one person for each 18 inches of seating length". It requires that every public venue submit a detailed site plan to the local fire code official, including "details of the means of egress, seating capacity, arrangement of the seating...."Once safety considerations have been satisfied, determinations of seating capacity turn on the total size of the venue, its purpose. For sports venues, the "decision on maximum seating capacity is determined by several factors. Chief among these are the primary sports program and the size of the market area".
In motion picture venues, the "limit of seating capacity is determined by the maximal viewing distance for a given size of screen", with image quality for closer viewers declining as the screen is expanded to accommodate more distant viewers. Seating capacity of venues plays a role in what media they are able to provide and how they are able to provide it. In contracting to permit performers to use a theatre or other performing space, the "seating capacity of the performance facility must be disclosed". Seating capacity may influence the kind of contract to be the royalties to be given; the seating capacity must be disclosed to the copyright owner in seeking a license for the copyrighted work to be performed in that venue. Venues that may be leased for private functions such as ballrooms and auditoriums advertise their seating capacity. Seating capacity is an important consideration in the construction and use of sports venues such as stadiums and arenas; when entities such as the National Football League's Super Bowl Committee decide on a venue for a particular event, seating capacity, which reflects the possible number of tickets that can be sold for the event, is an important consideration.
The seating capacity for restaurants is reported as'covers'. Seating capacity differs from total capacity, which describes the total number of people who can fit in a venue or in a vehicle either sitting or standing. Where seating capacity is a legal requirement, however, as it is in movie theatres and on aircraft, the law reflects the fact that the number of people allowed in should not exceed the number who can be seated. Use of the term "public capacity" indicates that a venue is allowed to hold more people than it can seat. Again, the maximum total number of people can refer to either the physical space available or limitations set by law. All-seater stadium List of stadiums by capacity List of football stadiums by capacity List of American football stadiums by capacity List of rugby league stadiums by capacity List of rugby union stadiums by capacity List of tennis stadiums by capacity Seating assignment