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POST-LEAGUE SYNOPSIS

MOVES BEFORE PLAY BEGAN
** The ntended team for Dayton moved to Houston - but remained the Aeros
** The intended team for Long Island moved to Manhattan - but remained the Raiders
** The intended team for Calgary (the Broncos) moved to Cleveland
** The intended team for Miami (the Screaming Eagles) moved to Philadelphia
** The intended team for San Fransisco (the Seahawks) moved to Quebec
** The un-named intended team to be shared by Ottawa and Toronto was stationed in Ottawa
** The Alberta Oilers were shared 50/50 by Edmonton and Calgary

1972-1973
EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION    W  L  T  PTS 
New England Whalers      46  30  2   94          Winnipeg Jets            43  31  4  90
Cleveland Crusaders      43  32  3   89          Houston Aeros            39  35  4  82
Philadelphia Blazers     38  40  0   76          Los Angeles Sharks       37  35  6  80
Ottawa Nationals         35  39  4   74          Minnesota Saints         38  37  3  79 
Quebec Nordiques         33  40  5   71          Alberta Oilers           38  37  3  79 
New York Raiders         33  43  2   68          Chicago Cougars          26  50  2  54 
** The Alberta Oilers played their playoff game in Calgary.
** The Nationals played their playoff games in Toronto.

PLAYOFFS
(Western Division 1 game tie-breaker): Fighting Saints 4 - Oilers 2
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Crusaders over Blazers 4-0
Whalers over Nationals 4-2
Jets over Fighting Saints 4-2
Aeros over Sharks 4-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Whalers over Crusaders 4-2
Jets over Aeros 4-0

AVCO CUP FINALS
New England over Winnipeg 4 games to 1


1973-1974

PRE-SEASON MOVES
** The Blazers moved from Philadelphia to Vancouver
** The Nationals became the Toronto Toros
** The Raiders stayed in New York but were renamed the Golden Blades
** The Oilers were permanently stationed in Edmonton

EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION    W  L  T  PTS 
New England Whalers      43  31  4   90          Houston Aeros            48  25  5  101
Toronto Toros            41  33  4   86          Minnesota Saints         39  35  4  82
Cleveland Crusaders      37  32  9   83          Edmonton Oilers          37  35  6  80
Chicago Cougars          38  35  5   81          Winnipeg Jets            38  37  3  79 
Quebec Nordiques         38  36  4   80          Vancouver Blazers        38  37  3  79 
**New Jersey Knights     32  42  4   68          Los Angeles Sharks       26  50  2  54 
**The New Jersey Knights started as the New York Golden Blades, but moved in mid season and changed their name.
PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Aeros over Jets 4-0
Fighting Saints over Oilers 4-2
Cougars over Whalers 4-3
Toros over Crusaders 4-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Aeros over Fighting Saints 4-2
Cougars over Toros 4-3

AVCO CUP FINALS
Houston over Chicago in 4 games straight


1974-1975

PRE-SEASON MOVES
** The New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights were moved to San Diego and renamed the Mariners
** The LA Sharks were moved to Michigan and renamed the Stags
** The league expanded, allowing admission to Phoenix and Indianapolis
** The league devised a 3 division alignment.


EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION    W  L  T  PTS 
New England Whalers      43  30  5   91          Houston Aeros            53  25  0  104
Cleveland Crusaders      35  40  3   73          San Diego Mariners       43  31  4   90
Chicago Cougars          30  47  1   61          Minnesota Saints         42  33  3   87
Indianapolis Racers      18  57  3   39          Phoenix Roadrunners      39  31  8   86 
Quebec Nordiques         38  36  4   80          **Baltimore Blades       21  53  4   46
                          CANADIAN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS 
                          Quebec Nordiques          46  32  0   92
                          Toronto Toros             43  33  2   86
                          Winnipeg Jets             38  35  5   81
                          Vancouver Blazers         37  39  2   76
                          Edmonton Oilers           36  38  4   76
**The Blades began the season as the Michigan Stags, but moved to Baltimore after 61 games
PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Aeros over Crusaders 4-2
Nordiques over Roadrunners 4-2
Fighting Saints over Whalers 4-2
Mariners over Toros 4-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Nordiques over Fighting Saints 4-2
Aeros over Mariners 4-0

AVCO CUP FINALS
Houston over Quebec 4 games straight


1975-1976

PRE-SEASON MOVES
- the Chicago Cougars folded
the league went through it's second and last expansion, giving teams to Cincinnati and Denver

EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION    W  L  T  PTS 
Indianapolis Racers      35  39  6   76          Houston Aeros            53  27  0  106
Cleveland Crusaders      35  40  5   75          Phoenix Roadrunners      39  35  6   84
New England Whalers      33  40  7   73          San Diego Mariners       36  38  6   78
Cincinnati Stingers      35  44  1   71          **Minnesota Saints       30  25  4   64 
Quebec Nordiques         38  36  4   80          ***Denver Spurs          14  26  1   29
                          CANADIAN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS 
                          Winnipeg Jets              52  27  2  106
                          Quebec Nordiques           50  27  4  104
                          Calgary Cowboys            41  35  4   86
                          Edmonton Oilers            27  49  5   59
                          Toronto Toros              24  52  5   53
** Minnesota Fighting Saints folded after 59 games
***Denver Spurs became the Ottawa Civics after 18 games, then folded after 41
PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 5)
Whalers over Crusaders 3-0
Mariners over Roadrunners 3-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Jets over Oilers 4-0
Cowboys over Nordiques 4-0
Whalers over Racers 4-3
Aeros over Mariners 4-2

THIRD ROUND(best of 7)
Jets over Cowboys 4-2
Aeros over Whalers 4-3

AVCO CUP FINALS
Winnipeg over Houston 4 games straight


1976-1977 PRE-SEASON MOVES
- Cleveland Crusader were moved to Minnesota and became the second incarnation of the Fighting Saints
- league reverted back to 2 division alignment

EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION    W  L  T  PTS 
Quebec Nordiques         47  31  3   97          Houston Aeros            50  24  6 106
Cincinnati Stingers      39  37  5   83          Winnipeg Jets            46  32  2  94
Indianapolis Racers      36  37  8   80          San Diego Mariners       40  37  4  84
New England Whalers      35  40  6   76          Edmonton Oilers          34  43  7  75 
Birmingham Bulls         31  46  4   66          Calgary Cowboys          31  43  7  69 
**Minnesota Saints       19  18  5   43          Phoenix Roadrunners      28  48  4  60 
**Minnesota Fighting Saints folded (again) after 42 games
PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Nordiques over Whalers 4-2
Racers over Stingers 4-0
Aeros over Oilers 4-2
Jets over Mariners 4-3

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Nordiques over Racers 4-2
Jets over Aeros 4-2

AVCO CUP FINALS
Quebec over Winnipeg 4 games to 3


1977-1978 PRE-SEASON MOVES
- the Mariners, Cowboys and Roadrunners all folded
- the league adopts an 8 team -2 division format

                   W  L  T  PTS         
Winnipeg Jets          50  28  2   102   
New England Whalers    44  31  5   93
Houston Aeros          42  34  4   86          
Quebec Nordiques       40  37  3   83 
Edmonton Oilers        38  39  3   79 
Birmingham Bulls       36  41  3   75 
Cincinnati Stingers    35  42  3   73 
Indianapolis Racers    24  51  5   53 
PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Whalers over Oilers 4-2
Nordiques over Aeros 4-2
Jets over Bulls 4-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Whalers over Nordiques 4-2
Jets (BYE)

AVCO CUP FINALS
Winnipeg over New England 4 games to 1


1978-1979 PRE-SEASON MOVES
- Houston folded

                   W  L  T  PTS         
Edmonton Oilers        48  30  2   98   
Quebec Nordiques       41  34  5   87
Winnipeg Jets          39  35  6   84          
New England Whalers    37  34  9   83 
Cincinnati Singers     33  41  6   72 
Birmingham Bulls       32  42  6   70 
**Indianapolis Racers   5  18  2   12 
**Indianapolis Racers folded after 25 games
PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 3)
Whalers over Stingers 2-1
(Nordiques, Jets, Oilers BYE)

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Jets over Nordiques 4-0
Oilers over Whalers 4-3

AVCO CUP FINALS
Winnipeg over Edmonton 4 games to 2


The Avco World Trophy was permanently awarded to the Winnipeg Jets after the demise
of the WHA after the 78-79 season - and was subsequently donated
to the Hockey Hall of Fame after the Jets folded in 1998.
The Winnipeg Jets, New England Whalers (following a move to Hartford), Quebec Nordiques
and Edmonton Oilers all merged with the NHL the next year but today the Jets are now in Phoenix, Whalers in Carolina and Les Nordiques in Colorado.

The Oilers, the only team of the four survivors admittedly not to have won the Avco Cup,
is also the only team to have won the Stanley Cup - the admitted Holy Grail - 5 of 6 years, and the last true dynasty in my biased opinion.
Click me for Ozwald's personal opinion in greater detail

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