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1975-76

• The Vancouver Blazers move to Calgary to become the Calgary Cowboys.

• With the departures of the Chicago Cougars and the Baltimore Blades, the WHA keeps league membership at 14 by adding the Cincinnati Stingers and the Denver Spurs. Perhaps it would have been best if the latter had never even been formed. In the Spurs' first exhibition game against Gordie Howe and the Houston Aeros, there was no beer sold at the game since the owner could not obtain a liquor license, no flag to display during the national anthem and the scoreboards didn't work. It all went downhill from there -- averaging only 3000 fans per game, the Spurs moved to Ottawa on January 2, 1976 to become the Ottawa Civics. The move happened in the middle of the night, and players (who were still wearing Spurs uniforms) only found out about the move when they heard the Canadian national anthem being played before their away game in Cincinnati. On January 17, after playing 41 games between Denver and Ottawa, the team folded.

• Despite achieving winning seasons and making the playoffs in each of its three previous seasons, the Minnesota Fighting Saints couldn't make ends meet. With the team in second place in the West, the Fighting Saints folded after 59 games on February 18, 1976.

• No three-peat for the Houston Aeros -- the Winnipeg Jets swept them in the Avco Cup finals.



Calgary Cowboys


Cincinnati Stingers


Cleveland Crusaders


Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics


Edmonton Oilers


Houston Aeros


Indianapolis Racers


Minnesota Fighting Saints


New England Whalers


Phoenix Roadrunners


Quebec Nordiques


San Diego Mariners


Toronto Toros


Winnipeg Jets


1976 All-Star Game
Cleveland, OH