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The World Hockey Association 1972-1979


The World Hockey Association played 7 seasons, from 1972-1979. The end of the league saw 4 teams join the established National Hockey League. Three of those, Winnipeg, New England (Hartford), and Quebec, would eventually find their way to new cities. But one team, the Edmonton Oilers, continue on today. The WHA brought major league hockey first to cities that have established teams today, such as Denver, Phoenix, Calgary, and Ottawa, as well as the only flings of big league hockey in such cities as San Diego, Baltimore, Houston, and Birmingham. Stars such as Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull, and Gordie Howe were WHA mainstays; as well as a teen Mark Messier, who was the last WHA alumni still active in the NHL when he retired at the end of the 2004 season. The league also brought in two International teams, the Soviet All-Stars and a Czechoslovakia National team, to play one game against each of the other league teams in each of the last two years. These games were NOT exhibitions; they counted in the league standings. A Finland National team also played one game during the very last season; obstensibly to allow the Edmonton Oilers to be able to play a full 80-game season.

Go to the Internet Hockey Database to see player stats and to see the WHA annual standings.

This page gives the yearly WHA playoff format and results, plus tables of each team's playoff record by series and games, team records in playoff "ultimate games" (ie, Game #7s), and the total regular season record of each team and franchise. Also, by clicking on any active link you can see the logo of each team, or see them all on one page here.

1972-73 Playoffs

4 Teams from each of 2 Divisions

Within Division until East-West Final

Dead Heat tie in West Division caused a one game playoff for 4th Place

East Division

1st rd.--Cleveland d. Philadelphia 4-0

---------New England d. Ottawa 4-1

Div. F---New England d. Cleveland 4-1

West Division

Tiebrk---Minnesota d. Alberta 1-0 (4-2 score)

1st rd.--Winnipeg d. Minnesota 4-1

---------Houston d. Los Angeles 4-2

Div. F---Winnipeg d. Houston 4-0

WHA F----New England d. Winnipeg 4-1


1973-74 Playoffs

4 Teams from each of 2 Divisions

Within Division until East-West Final

East Division

1st rd.--Chicago d. New England 4-3

---------Toronto d. Cleveland 4-1

Div. F---Chicago d. Toronto 4-3

West Division

1st rd.--Houston d. Winnipeg 4-0

---------Minnesota d. Edmonton 4-1

Div. F---Houston d. Minnesota 4-2

WHA F----Houston d. Chicago 4-0


1974-75 Playoffs

2 Teams from each of 3 Divisions plus next 2 best records

All qualifiers seeded, Division winners top 3, QF-SF-F

1st rd.--Houston d. Cleveland 4-1

---------Quebec d. Phoenix 4-1

---------Minnesota d. New England 4-2

---------San Diego d. Toronto 4-2

Semis----Houston d. San Diego 4-0

---------Quebec d. Minnesota 4-2

WHA F----Houston d. Quebec 4-0


1975-76 Playoffs

4 Teams from Canadian Division, 3 Teams each from East and West Division

Canadian Division directly to Final

Within Division with East-West Semi-Final

Canadian Division

1st rd.--Winnipeg d. Edmonton 4-0

---------Calgary d. Quebec 4-1

Div. F---Winnipeg d. Calgary 4-1

East Division

1st rd.--New England d. Cleveland 3-0

Div F----New England d. Indianapolis 4-3

West Division

1st rd.--San Diego d. Phoenix 3-2

Div F----Houston d. San Diego 4-2

Semi-----Houston d. New England 4-3

WHA F----Winnipeg d. Houston 4-0


1976-77 Playoffs

4 Teams from each of 2 Divisions

Within Division until East-West Final

East Division

1st rd.--Quebec d. New England 4-1

---------Indianapolis d. Cincinnati 4-0

Div. F---Quebec d. Indianapolis 4-1

West Division

1st rd.--Houston d. Edmonton 4-1

---------Winnipeg d. San Diego 4-3

Div. F---Winnipeg d. Houston 4-2

WHA F----Quebec d. Winnipeg 4-3


1977-78 Playoffs

Top 6 Overall

All in 1st rd. with Best Winner directly to Final

1st rd.--Winnipeg d. Birmingham 4-1

---------New England d. Edmonton 4-1

---------Quebec d. Houston 4-2

Semi-----New England d. Quebec 4-1

WHA F----Winnipeg d. New England 4-0


1978-79 Playoffs

Top 5 Overall

4 vs 5 1st rd.

1st rd.--New England d. Cincinnati 2-1

Semis----Winnipeg d. Quebec 4-0

---------Edmonton d. New England 4-3

WHA F----Winnipeg d. Edmonton 4-2


WHA Playoff Team Standings by Series

# Team W L % Ch F *In *Pl
1 Winnipeg Jets 11 3 .786 3 5 7 6
2 Houston Aeros 10 4 .714 2 3 6 6
3 Chicago Cougars 2 1 .667 0 1 3 1
4 Quebec Nordiques 6 4 .600 1 2 7 5
5 New England Whalers 8 6 .571 1 2 7 7
6 Minnesota Fighting Saints I 3 3 .500 0 0 5 3
7 Calgary Cowboys 1 1 .500 0 0 2 1
8 San Diego Mariners 2 3 .400 0 0 3 3
9 Indianapolis Racers 1 2 .333 0 0 5 2
10 Toronto Toros 1 2 .333 0 0 3 2
11 Cleveland Crusaders 1 4 .200 0 0 4 4
12 Edmonton Oilers 1 5 .167 0 1 6 5
13 Alberta Oilers 0 1 .000 0 0 1 1
14 Birmingham Bulls 0 1 .000 0 0 3 1
15 Los Angeles Sharks 0 1 .000 0 0 2 1
16 Ottawa Nationals 0 1 .000 0 0 1 1
17 Philadelphia Blazers 0 1 .000 0 0 1 1
18 Cincinnati Stingers 0 2 .000 0 0 4 2
19 Phoenix Roadrunners 0 2 .000 0 0 3 2
20 @Baltimore Blades 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 Minnesota Fighting Saints II 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 #New Jersey Knights 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 New York Raiders 0 0 0 0 1 0
24 %Ottawa Civics 0 0 0 0 1 0
25 Vancouver Blazers 0 0 0 0 2 0
26 *Soviet All-Stars 0 0 0 0 2 0
27 *Czechoslovakia Nationals 0 0 0 0 2 0
28 *Finland Nationals 0 0 0 0 1 0

%--Winning Percentage Ch--WHA Championships F--WHA Finals Appearances

*In--Seasons in WHA *Pl--Seasons in Playoffs

@--started season as Michigan Stags

#--started season as New York Golden Blades

%--started season as Denver Spurs

*--played limited schedule and ineligible for playoffs


WHA Playoff Team Standings by Games

# Team W L % Ch F *In *Pl
1 Winnipeg Jets 48 22 .686 3 5 7 6
2 Houston Aeros 44 27 .620 2 3 6 6
3 New England Whalers 41 33 .554 1 2 7 7
4 Quebec Nordiques 26 26 .500 1 2 7 5
5 Toronto Toros 9 9 .500 0 0 3 2
6 Indianapolis Racers 8 8 .500 0 0 5 2
7 Calgary Cowboys 5 5 .500 0 0 2 1
8 Minnesota Fighting Saints I 14 15 .483 0 0 5 3
9 Chicago Cougars 8 10 .444 0 1 3 1
10 San Diego Mariners 12 16 .429 0 0 3 3
11 Los Angeles Sharks 2 4 .333 0 0 2 1
12 Cleveland Crusaders 7 15 .318 0 0 4 4
13 Phoenix Roadrunners 3 7 .300 0 0 3 2
14 Edmonton Oilers 9 23 .281 0 1 6 5
15 Ottawa Nationals 1 4 .200 0 0 1 1
16 Birmingham Bulls 1 4 .200 0 0 3 1
17 Cincinnati Stingers 1 6 .143 0 0 4 2
18 Alberta Oilers 0 1 .000 0 0 1 1
19 Philadelphia Blazers 0 4 .000 0 0 1 1
20 @Baltimore Blades 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 Minnesota Fighting Saints II 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 #New Jersey Knights 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 New York Raiders 0 0 0 0 1 0
24 %Ottawa Civics 0 0 0 0 1 0
25 Vancouver Blazers 0 0 0 0 2 0
26 *Soviet All-Stars 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 *Czechoslovakia Nationals 0 0 0 0 1 0
28 *Finland Nationals 0 0 0 0 1 0

%--Winning Percentage Ch--WHA Championships F--WHA Finals Appearances

*In--Seasons in WHA *Pl--Seasons in Playoffs

@--started season as Michigan Stags

#--started season as New York Golden Blades

%--started season as Denver Spurs

*--played limited schedule and ineligible for playoffs

WHA Playoff "Ultimate Games" Standings

"Ultimate Games" are the final last game of a series, ie, Game #7 of a Best of 7 Series

Game #7s

Chicago Cougars 2-0 1.000 (74 QF N.Eng., 74 SF Tor.)

Edmonton Oilers 1-0 1.000 (79 SF N.Eng.)

Houston Aeros 1-0 1.000 (76 SF N.Eng.)

Quebec Nordiques 1-0 1.000 (77 F Winn.)

Winnipeg Jets 1-1 .500 (77 QF SD W, 77 F Que. L)

New England Whalers 1-3 .250 (74 QF Chi. L, 76 QF Ind. W, 76 SF Hou.L, 79 SF Edm. L)

Indianapolis Racers 0-1 .000 (76 QF N.Eng.)

San Diego Mariners 0-1 .000 (77 QF Winn.)

Toronto Toros 0-1 .000 (74 SF Chi.)

Game #5 of best of 5

San Diego Mariners 1-0 1.000 (76 1st)

Phoenix Roadrunners 0-1 .000

Game #3 of best of 3

New England Whalers 1-0 1.000 (79 QF)

Cincinnati Stingers 0-1 .000

1 Game Playoff

Minnesota Fighting Saints I 1-0 1.000 (73 tiebreaker)

Alberta Oilers 0-1 .000

Combined All Ultimate Games

Chicago Cougars 2-0 1.000

Houston Aeros 1-0 1.000

Minnesota Fighting Saints I 1-0 1.000

Quebec Nordiques 1-0 1.000

Alberta-Edmonton Oilers 1-1 .500

San Diego Mariners 1-1 .500

Winnipeg Jets 1-1 .500

New England Whalers 2-3 .400

Cincinnati Stingers 0-1 .000

Indianapolis Racers 0-1 .000

Phoenix Roadrunners 0-1 .000

Toronto Toros 0-1 .000


WHA Regular Season Records by Franchise

# Team W L T Pts % Ch YrsIn
1 ~Houston Aeros 285 170 19 589 .621 2 '72-'78
2 Soviet All-Stars 7 5 2 16 .571 0 '77-'79
3 Winnipeg Jets 302 227 26 630 .568 3 '72-'79
4 @Quebec Nordiques 295 237 24 614 .552 1 '72-'79
5 Minnesota Fighting Saints I 154 127 12 320 .546 0 '72-'76
6 New England Whalers 281 236 38 600 .541 1 '72-'79
7 #Minnesota Fighting Saints II 169 162 25 363 .510 0 '72-'77
8 $San Diego Mariners 184 191 20 388 .491 0 '72-'77
9 %Edmonton Oilers 259 273 24 542 .487 0 '72-'79
10 Phoenix Roadrunners 106 114 18 230 .483 0 '74-'77
11 Cincinnati Stingers 142 164 15 299 .466 0 '75-'79
12 ^Birmingham Bulls 242 286 28 512 .460 0 '72-'79
13 &Calgary Cowboys 174 207 14 362 .458 0 '72-'77
14 *Chicago Cougars 94 132 8 196 .419 0 '72-'75
15 Indianapolis Racers 118 202 24 260 .378 0 '74-'79
16 +Baltimore Blades 83 141 10 176 .376 0 '72-'75
17 !Ottawa Civics 14 26 1 29 .354 0 '75-'76
18 Czechoslovakia Nationals 2 10 2 6 .214 0 '77-'79
19 Finland Nationals 0 1 0 0 .000 0 '78-'79

Pts--Points %--Winning Percentage Ch--WHA Championships

Yrs In--Years in WHA

~--Originally Dayton Aeros (0 seasons)

@--Originally San Francisco Sharks (0 seasons)

#--Originally Miami Screaming Eagles (0 seasons),Cleveland Crusaders (4 seasons)

$--Originally New York Raiders(1 season),New York Golden Blades(½ season), New Jersey Knights (½ season)

%--Originally Edmonton Oil Kings (0 seasons), Alberta Oilers (1 season)

^--Originally Ontario Nationals (0 seasons), Ottawa Nationals (1 season), Toronto Toros (2 seasons)

&--Originally Philadelphia Blazers (1 season), Vancouver Blazers (2 seasons)

*--Originally Calgary Broncos (0 seasons)

+--Originally Los Angeles Sharks (2 seasons), Michigan Stags (½ season)

!--Originally Denver Spurs (½ season)



WHA Regular Season Records by Team

# Team W L T Pts % Ch YrsIn
1 Houston Aeros 285 170 19 589 .621 2 '72-'78
2 Soviet All-Stars 7 5 2 16 .571 0 '77-'79
3 Winnipeg Jets 302 227 26 630 .568 3 '72-'79
4 Quebec Nordiques 295 237 24 614 .552 1 '72-'79
5 Minnesota Fighting Saints I 154 127 12 320 .546 0 '72-'76
6 New England Whalers 281 236 38 600 .541 1 '72-'79
7 San Diego Mariners 119 106 14 252 .527 0 '74-'77
8 Minnesota Fighting Saints II 19 18 5 43 .512 0 '76-'77
9 Cleveland Crusaders 150 144 20 320 .510 0 '72-'76
10 Alberta Oilers 38 37 3 79 .506 0 '72-'73
11 Philadelphia Blazers 38 40 0 76 .487 0 '72-'73
12 Edmonton Oilers 221 236 21 463 .484 0 '73-'79
13 Phoenix Roadrunners 106 114 18 230 .483 0 '74-'77
14 Calgary Cowboys 72 78 11 155 .481 0 '75-'77
15 Toronto Toros 108 118 11 227 .479 0 '73-'76
16 Ottawa Nationals 35 39 4 74 .474 0 '72-'73
17 Cincinnati Stingers 142 164 15 299 .466 0 '75-'79
18 New Jersey Knights 24 28 2 50 .463 0 '73-'74
19 Birmingham Bulls 99 129 13 211 .438 0 '76-'79
20 New York Raiders 33 43 2 68 .436 0 '72-'73
21 Vancouver Blazers 64 89 3 131 .420 0 '73-'75
22 Chicago Cougars 94 132 8 196 .419 0 '72-'75
23 Los Angeles Sharks 62 88 6 130 .417 0 '72-'74
24 Indianapolis Racers 118 202 24 260 .378 0 '74-'79
25 Denver Spurs 13 22 1 27 .375 0 '75-'75
26 New York Golden Blades 8 14 2 18 .375 0 '73-'73
27 Michigan Stags 13 26 3 29 .345 0 '74-'75
28 Baltimore Blades 8 27 1 17 .236 0 '75-'75
29 Czechoslovakia Nationals 2 10 2 6 .214 0 '77-'79
30 Ottawa Civics 1 4 0 2 .200 0 '75-'76
31 Finland Nationals 0 1 0 0 .000 0 '79-'79
32 Calgary Broncos 0 0 0 0 0 '72-'72
33 Dayton Aeros 0 0 0 0 0 '72-'72
34 Edmonton Oil Kings 0 0 0 0 0 '72-'72
35 Miami Screaming Eagles 0 0 0 0 0 '72-'72
36 Ontario Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 '72-'72
37 San Francisco Sharks 0 0 0 0 0 '72-'72
TOTAL 2911 2911 310 6132 .500 7 '72-'79

Pts--Points %--Winning Percentage Ch--WHA Championships

Yrs In--Years in WHA


A special Thank You! to Hockey-reference.com. After searching for fifteen years and numerous books and web sites trying to find why the 1978-79 WHA season didn't "balance out" (W = L and Team GS = Team GA), they Finally had the answer!


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