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Calgary Buffaloes

"Calgary Buffaloes" redirects here. For the former Alberta Junior Hockey League team of the same name, see Calgary Buffaloes (AJHL).
Calgary Centennials
City Calgary, Alberta
League Western Canada Hockey League
Operated 1966 (1966)–1977
Home arena Stampede Corral
Colours Red & White
Franchise history
1966–67 Calgary Buffaloes
1967–77 Calgary Centennials
1977–82 Billings Bighorns
1982–83 Nanaimo Islanders
1983–88 New Westminster Bruins
1988-Present Tri-City Americans

The Calgary Centennials were a junior ice hockey team that played in the Western Canada Hockey League from 1966–1977. They played in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Stampede Corral.


A charter member of the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League in 1966, the franchise was known in its first season as the Calgary Buffaloes before becoming the Centennials in 1967–68.

The franchise had a string of successful regular seasons in the early 1970s, winning three West division titles, however playoff success never followed. The Centennials only reached the WCHL finals once, falling in four straight to the Regina Pats in 1974.

Following the 1976–77 season, the Centennials were sold and relocated to Billings, Montana and became the Billings Bighorns. The franchise today is known as the Tri-City Americans, settling in Kennewick, Washington, after stops as the Nanaimo Islanders and New Westminster Bruins. Calgarians would not have to wait long for another team, as the Winnipeg Monarchs were immediately sold and relocated to Calgary to become the Calgary Wranglers.

Season-by-season record

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

Season GP W L T GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1966–67 56 4 47 5 178 426 13 7th Overall Out of playoffs
1967–68 60 14 40 5 218 318 35 10th Overall Out of playoffs
1968–69 60 31 28 1 253 236 63 2nd West Lost semi-final
1969–70 60 37 22 1 249 197 75 1st West Lost semi-final
1970–71 66 37 22 7 244 175 81 2nd West Lost semi-final
1971–72 68 49 16 3 296 169 101 1st West Lost semi-final
1972–73 68 35 22 11 302 224 81 3rd West Lost quarter-final
1973–74 68 41 18 9 328 236 91 1st West Lost final
1974–75 70 11 51 8 236 399 30 6th West Out of playoffs
1975–76 72 22 45 5 284 381 49 6th West Out of playoffs
1976–77 72 22 34 15 329 397 59 4th Central Lost quarter-final

NHL alumni

See also


  • 2005–06 WHL Guide
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