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1974-75 WHA Season

By Patrick Mondout

The 1974-75 season was the third regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). The league hastily expanded to a total of 14 cities with new clubs in Indianapolis and Phoenix. The Jersey Knights find yet another new home in San Diego while another California-based team, the Sharks, moved from L.A. to Detroit before moving midseason to Baltimore. The Chicago Cougars fold following the season. The Houston Aeros won their second straight AVCO World Trophies.

See also: Statistical Leaders for 1974-75, Complete League Attendance, 1974 WHA Draft

WESTERN DIVISION GP W L T PTS GF GA PIM
Houston Aeros* 78 53 25 0 106 369 247 1257
San Diego Mariners* 78 43 31 4 90 326 268 1058
Minnesota Fighting Saints* 78 42 33 3 87 308 279 1233
Phoenix Roadrunners* 78 39 31 8 86 300 265 1388
Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades 78 21 53 4 46 205 341 1104
CANADIAN DIVISION GP W L T PTS GF GA PIM
Quebec Nordiques* 78 46 32 0 92 331 299 1132
Toronto Toros* 78 43 33 2 88 349 304 883
Winnipeg Jets 78 38 35 5 81 322 293 869
Vancouver Blazers 78 37 39 2 76 256 270 1075
Edmonton Oilers 78 36 38 4 76 279 279 896
EASTERN DIVISION GP W L T PTS GF GA PIM
New England Whalers* 78 43 30 5 91 274 279 867
Cleveland Crusaders* 78 35 40 3 73 236 258 1273
Chicago Cougars 78 30 47 1 61 261 312 1086
Indianapolis Racers 78 18 57 3 39 216 338 970

Key: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties in Minutes
* Indicates teams that qualifies for the playoffs

AVCO World Trophy Playoffs

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
  1  Houston Aeros 4  
8  Cleveland Crusaders 1  
  1  Houston Aeros 4  
  4  San Diego Mariners 0  
4  San Diego Mariners 4
  5  Toronto Toros 2  
    1  Houston Aeros 4
  3  Quebec Nordiques 0
  2  New England Whalers 2  
7  Minnesota Fighting Saints 4  
  7  Minnesota Fighting Saints 2
  3  Quebec Nordiques 4  
3  Quebec Nordiques 4
  6  Phoenix Roadrunners 2  

Ron Grahame was named the AVCO Playoff MVP for leading his Houston Aeros to the title.

WHA All Star Game

The third annual World Hockey Association All-Star game was played January 21, 1975 in Edmonton, Alberta. The West finally beat the East 6-4 in front of 15,326 fans while Quebec's Rejan Houle skated home with MVP honors. These were the lineups for the game:

EAST ALL-STARS WEST ALL-STARS
G Al Smith New England
G Gerry Cheevers Cleveland
G Andy Brown Indianapolis
D Pat Stapleton Chicago
D Brad Selwood New England
D Rick Ley New England
D Dale Hoganson Quebec
D Jim Dorey Toronto
D JC Tremblay Quebec
D Paul Shmyr Cleveland1
F Serge Bernier Quebec
F Rejean Houle Quebec
F Marc Tardif Quebec
F Wayne Dillon Toronto
F Tom Simpson Toronto
F Paul Henderson Toronto
F Frank Mahovlich Toronto
F Ralph Backstrom Chicago
F Larry Pleau New England
F Tom Webster New England
F Gary Veneruzzo Michigan
F Pierre Guite Michigan1
G Don McLeod Vancouver
G Wayne Rutledge Houston
G Joe Daley Winnipeg
D Doug Barrie Edmonton
D John Schella Houston
D Barry Long Edmonton
D Gerry Odrowski Phoenix
D Poul Popiel Houston
D Lars-Erik Sjoberg Winnipeg
D Al Hamilton Edmonton
F Bobby Hull Winnipeg
F Gordie Howe Houston
F Mark Howe Houston
F Andre Lacroix San Diego
F Ulf Nilsson Winnipeg
F Larry Lund Houston
F Andre Hinse Houston
F Frank Hughes Houston
F Danny Lawson Vancouver
F Ted Taylor Houston
F Fran Huck Minnesota
F Mike Walton Minnesota1

NOTES:
1 Injured: Did not participate

AWARDS
Avco World Trophy Houston Aeros
Gary L. Davidson Award Bobby Hull, Winnipeg Jets
Bill Hunter Trophy Andre Lacroix, San Diego Mariners
Lou Kaplan Trophy Anders Hedberg, Winnipeg Jets
Ben Hatskin Trophy Ron Grahame, Houston Aeros
Dennis A. Murphy Trophy J.C. Tremblay, Quebec Nordiques
Paul Deneau Trophy Mike Rogers, Edmonton Oilers
Howard Baldwin Trophy Sandy Hucul, Phoenix Roadrunners
1974-75 G Total Average
Edmonton Oilers 39 418,150 10,722
Toronto Toros 39 407,006 10,436
Quebec Nordiques 39 366,848 9,406
Winnipeg Jets 39 334,857 8,586
Minnesota Fighting Saints 39 327,979 8,410
Vancouver Blazers 39 312,563 8,014
Indianapolis Racers 39 309,005 7,923
New England Whalers 39 305,959 7,845
Phoenix Roadrunners 39 290,277 7,443
Cleveland Crusaders 39 270,304 6,931
Houston Aeros 39 265,230 6,801
San Diego Mariners 39 237,118 6,080
Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades 39 127,072 3,258
Chicago Cougars 39 123,543 3,168
LEAGUE 546 4,095,911 7,502
SCORING LEADERS
PLAYER TEAM POINTS
Andre Lacroix San Diego 147
Bobby Hull Winnipeg 142
Serge Bernier Quebec 122
Ulf Nilsson Winnipeg 120
Larry Lund Houston 108
Wayne Rivers San Diego 107
Anders Hedberg Winnipeg 100
Gordie Howe Houston 99
Wayne Dillon Toronto 95
Mike Walton Minnesota 93
ALL WHA TEAM
Goalie Ron Grahame, Houston
Gerry Cheevers Cleveland
Defenseman JC Trembley, Quebec 
Barry Long Edmonton
Defenseman Kevin Morrison, San Diego
Paul Popiel Houston
Center Andre LaCroix, San Diego
Serge Bernier Quebec
Right Wing Gordie Howe, Houston
Anders Hedberg Winnipeg
Left Wing Bobby Hull, Winnipeg
Marc Tardif Michigan/Baltimore/Quebec




WHA Bibliography
The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association by Ed Willes
The Complete Historical and Statistical Reference to the World Hockey Association by Scott Adam Surgent
WHA Pro Hockey '75 - '76 by Dan Proudfoot
WHA Media Guides (each team published one each year)

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--Patrick Mondout



 


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