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The Lethbridge Hurricanes compete in the Eastern Conference (Central Division) of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and play their home games at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes may be entering their 25th season in the Western Hockey League (WHL) but the 2011-2012 season will be the 44th for the franchise. The franchise began in Winnipeg in the 1967 season known as the Winnipeg Jets. The franchise stayed in Winnipeg until the conclusion of the 1976-1977 season. Prior to the 1973-1974 season, the team name changed to the Winnipeg Clubs. They were known as the Clubs until the 1976-1977 season, their last season in Winnipeg, until they changed their name to the Winnipeg Monarchs.

Following the 1976-1977 season, the franchise relocated to Calgary where they became the Calgary Wranglers. The franchise moved prior to the 1977-78 season to Calgary  to replace the Calgary Centennials who became the Billings Bighorns. The Wranglers played at the Stampede Corral for the next 10 seasons before relocating to their current home in Lethbridge as the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes’ first season in Lethbridge was in 1987-1988 season.

When the Lethbridge Broncos returned to their original home of Swift Current following the 1985-86 season, hockey fans in Lethbridge did not have to wait long for a new team. After only one year out of the league, Lethbridge returned to the WHL in 1987-88 when the Calgary Wranglers moved south to become the Hurricanes.

Although the Hurricanes missed the playoffs in their first season in Lethbridge, the ‘Canes managed their first playoff series win against the Prince Albert Raiders in the 1989 playoffs. They were eliminated by the Saskatoon Blades in the East Division Semi-Final.

The Hurricanes used their momentum from the playoffs the next season as they won their first division title in franchise history. The Hurricanes marched to the league championship series but were eliminated in the final by the Kamloops Blazers in the 1990 playoffs.

After winning the East Division for the second consecutive season, the Hurricanes once again stormed through the playoffs to the WHL championship series. Unfortunately, the end result of this series was much the same as the previous season as the ‘Canes were swept by the Spokane Chiefs.

The Hurricanes made the playoffs five of the next six seasons before making their first run at the Memorial Cup. The team's crowning achievement came in 1996-97, when the Hurricanes captured their first, and only, WHL Championship. The Hurricanes would finish as Memorial Cup runners-up when they lost the title game to the Hull Olympiques. That same year, the Hurricanes also won their division title (only done twice before, 1989-90 and 1990-91) and the regular season title.

It wasn't until the 2007-08 season, that the Hurricanes once again saw WHL playoff success as they advanced past the first round of the WHL Playoffs for the first time in 11 years. They then began a run that didn't stop until they had claimed the WHL Eastern Conference Championship banner before being swept in the WHL Championship by the Spokane Chiefs.

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1987€“88 72 20 48 4 - 257 357 44 7th East Out of Playoffs
1988€“89 72 27 39 6 - 356 380 60 5th East Lost East division semi-final
1989€“90 72 51 17 4 - 465 270 106 1st East Lost WHL final
1990€“91 72 45 21 6 - 373 281 96 1st East Lost WHL final
1991€“92 72 39 31 2 - 350 284 80 4th East Lost in first round
1992€“93 72 33 36 3 - 317 328 69 4th East Lost in first round
1993€“94 72 35 32 5 - 306 317 75 3rd East Lost East division semi-final
1994€“95 72 22 48 2 - 263 341 46 8th East Out of playoffs
1995€“96 72 33 36 3 - 259 270 69 2nd Central Lost in first round
1996€“97 72 47 22 3 - 342 248 97 1st Central Won Championship
1997€“98 72 32 29 11 - 261 237 75 2nd Central Lost in first round
1998€“99 72 31 32 9 - 224 215 71 3rd Central Lost in first round
1999€“00 72 25 38 4 5 220 250 59 4th Central Out of playoffs
2000€“01 72 29 35 4 4 200 229 66 4th Central Lost in first round
2001€“02 72 33 33 6 0 266 247 72 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2002€“03 72 28 40 2 2 236 303 60 5th Central Out of playoffs
2003€“04 72 27 28 10 7 196 203 71 5th Central Out of playoffs
2004€“05 72 39 20 12 1 222 162 91 2nd Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2005€“06 72 27 36 3 6 195 250 63 3rd Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2006€“07 72 33 34 2 3 254 265 71 5th Central Out of playoffs
2007€“08 72 45 21 2 4 245 175 96 2nd Central Lost final
2008€“09 72 35 32 3 2 227 228 75 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference semi-final
2009€“10 72 20 44 5 3 178 275 48 5th Central Out of playoffs
2010€“11 72 23 36 5 8 205 295 59 5th Central Out of playoffs