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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on January 28th, 2016

The Lester Patrick Cup was the championship trophy of the Pacific Coast Hockey League and the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1949 to 1974. Originally known as the President's Trophy, the trophy was renamed in 1960 to honour Pacific coast Hockey pioneer Lester Patrick following his death on June 1 of that year.

The Lester Patrick Cup was retired following the demise of the WHL, and is on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The Pacific Coast Hockey League was an ice Hockey minor league with teams in the western United States and western Canada that existed in several incarnations: from 1928 to 1931, from 1936 to 1941, and from 1944 to 1952.

The final incarnation of the league was managed by Hockey Hall of Fame member Al Leader, and grew out of combining teams from the Southern California Hockey League and the Northwest International Hockey League. The PCHL was founded as an amateur loop, partly because the National Hockey League recognized Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) founder Lester Patrick as the territorial rights holder for professional Hockey in Vancouver, Portland and Seattle. In 1948, however, the ten team league voted to turn pro, and was recognized as such by the NHL.

In 1951, having dwindled to a six team league, the PCHL merged with the Western Canada Senior Hockey League, adding three new franchises on the Canadian prairies. Following the merger of the PCHL with the Western Canada Senior Hockey League in 1951, the league renamed itself the Western Hockey League for the 1952-53 season.

The PCHL championship trophy was the President's Cup.

The championship trophy of the WHL was the Lester Patrick Cup.

CHAMPIONS
1949: San Diego Skyhawks
1950: New Westminster Royals
1951: Victoria Cougars
1952: Saskatoon Quakers
1953: Edmonton Flyers
1954: Calgary Stampeders
1955: Edmonton Flyers
1956: Winnipeg Warriors
1957: Brandon Regals
1958: Vancouver Canucks
1959: Seattle Totems
1960: Vancouver Canucks
1961: Portland Buckaroos
1962: Edmonton Flyers
1963: San Francisco Seals
1964: San Francisco Seals
1965: Portland Buckaroos
1966: Victoria Maple Leafs
1967: Seattle Totems
1968: Seattle Totems
1969: Vancouver Canucks
1970: Vancouver Canucks
1971: Portland Buckaroos
1972: Denver Spurs
1973: Phoenix Roadrunners
1974: Phoenix Roadrunners

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