Western International Hockey League 1946-1988 - Page 2

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March 12, 1961 Trail Smoke Eaters win World Amateur Championship in Geneva. 1978-79 Calgary Stampeders return to the league after a 36-year absence. They fold the following January. Spokane moves to the PHL for a year. They return in 1979-80, but leave again 1980-82 and in 1985 join the WHL.
1961-62 Kimberley Dynamiters return to the league. December 21, 1978 Nelson Maple Leafs fold, but re-group the following season.
1962-63 League inactive as Trail Smoke Eaters play overseas.
1979-80 Fernie-based Elk Valley Blazers admitted to the league.
1963-64 Spokane returns to the league, this time known as the Jets. 1982-83 Spokane re-named the Chiefs.
1965-66 Cranbrook is granted a franchise. 1984-85 Trail Smoke Eaters drop out of the WIHL to become an AA senior team and play exhibition games. They return the next year.
December 1966 Moscow Selects play the WIHL All-Stars.
January 18-19, 1986 WIHL all-star weekend, celebrating 25th anniversary of the 1961 Smoke Eaters World Championship.
1966-67 At year's end, Rossland folds. January 29, 1987 Trail Smoke Eaters fold after failing to come up with $900 needed for a two-game East Kootenay road trip. Nelson follows suit.

Spring 1973 Three Lethbridge businessmen (Harold Norln, Herb Christie and Stan Maxwell) bid unsuccessfully for a franchise.
Spring 1988 The league folds for good.
1974-75 Spokane changes its name back to the Flyers. Portland admitted to the league on a trial basis. September 3-4, 1999 Several hundred ex-players, coaches and officials attend WIHL reunion in Trail.