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1972–73 Chicago Cougars
Division 6th Western
1972–73 record 26–50–2
Home record 17-22-0
Road record 9-28-2
Goals for 245
Goals against 295
Team information
General Manager Edwin G. Short
Coach Marcel Pronovost
Captain Larry Cahan
Alternate captains Reg Fleming
Rosaire Paiement
Bob Sicinski
Arena International Amphitheatre
Average attendance 4,589 (51.0%)
Team leaders
Goals Rosaire Paiement (33)
Assists Bob Sicinski (63)
Points Bob Sicinski (88)
Penalties in minutes Rosaire Paiement (135)
Wins Jim McLeod (22)
Goals against average Jim McLeod (3.32
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The 1972–73 Chicago Cougars season was the Cougars 1st season in the WHA. The Cougars finished 6th in the West Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The Cougars played in the International Amphitheatre while awaiting completion of Rosemont Horizon Arena, was not finished until 1980. The 9,000 seat Amphitheatre was located next to cattle stockyards and abattoirs, filling the arena with a powerful stench.[1]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Western Division
GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Winnipeg Jets 78 43 31 4 285 249 757 90
Houston Aeros 78 39 35 4 284 269 1363 82
Los Angeles Sharks 78 37 35 6 259 250 1477 80
Minnesota Fighting Saints 78 38 37 3 250 269 843 79
Alberta Oilers 78 38 37 3 269 256 1134 79
Chicago Cougars 78 26 50 2 245 295 811 54

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties Minutes, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 12, 1972 2–3 @ Houston Aeros (1972–73) 0–1–0
2 L October 15, 1972 2–3 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 0–2–0
3 L October 16, 1972 1–4 @ New England Whalers (1972–73) 0–3–0
4 L October 19, 1972 2–6 @ Ottawa Nationals (1972–73) 0–4–0
5 W October 22, 1972 4–2 @ Los Angeles Sharks (1972–73) 1–4–0
6 T October 24, 1972 3–3 @ Alberta Oilers (1972–73) 1–4–1
7 L October 27, 1972 2–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1972–73) 1–5–1
8 W October 31, 1972 3–1 Winnipeg Jets (1972–73) 2–5–1
9 L November 1, 1972 2–4 @ New England Whalers (1972–73) 2–6–1
10 L November 4, 1972 2–3 OT Los Angeles Sharks (1972–73) 2–7–1
11 L November 5, 1972 2–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1972–73) 2–8–1
12 L November 7, 1972 2–3 Houston Aeros (1972–73) 2–9–1
13 L November 11, 1972 1–4 Cleveland Crusaders (1972–73) 2–10–1
14 L November 14, 1972 3–4 Philadelphia Blazers (1972–73) 2–11–1
15 L November 17, 1972 1–3 @ Alberta Oilers (1972–73) 2–12–1
16 W November 19, 1972 4–3 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 3–12–1
17 W November 23, 1972 8–1 @ Ottawa Nationals (1972–73) 4–12–1
18 W November 25, 1972 4–3 @ Philadelphia Blazers (1972–73) 5–12–1
19 L November 28, 1972 2–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1972–73) 5–13–1
20 L December 1, 1972 3–5 Los Angeles Sharks (1972–73) 5–14–1
21 L December 2, 1972 2–4 Los Angeles Sharks (1972–73) 5–15–1
22 W December 5, 1972 3–2 OT @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 6–15–1
23 L December 6, 1972 1–7 @ Winnipeg Jets (1972–73) 6–16–1
24 W December 8, 1972 4–3 OT Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 7–16–1
25 L December 9, 1972 2–4 Quebec Nordiques (1972–73) 7–17–1
26 L December 11, 1972 3–8 @ New York Raiders (1972–73) 7–18–1
27 W December 13, 1972 6–3 New England Whalers (1972–73) 8–18–1
28 L December 14, 1972 3–6 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 8–19–1
29 L December 17, 1972 2–4 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 8–20–1
30 W December 19, 1972 6–1 Cleveland Crusaders (1972–73) 9–20–1
31 L December 20, 1972 5–8 @ Philadelphia Blazers (1972–73) 9–21–1
32 W December 22, 1972 3–2 Winnipeg Jets (1972–73) 10–21–1
33 W December 23, 1972 3–2 Alberta Oilers (1972–73) 11–21–1
34 W December 25, 1972 3–2 Alberta Oilers (1972–73) 12–21–1
35 L December 26, 1972 2–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1972–73) 12–22–1
36 W December 28, 1972 6–3 Philadelphia Blazers (1972–73) 13–22–1
37 L December 30, 1972 2–4 Ottawa Nationals (1972–73) 13–23–1
38 L January 10, 1973 5–8 Los Angeles Sharks (1972–73) 13–24–1
39 L January 11, 1973 0–5 Houston Aeros (1972–73) 13–25–1
40 L January 13, 1973 2–6 @ Houston Aeros (1972–73) 13–26–1
41 L January 15, 1973 4–5 @ Houston Aeros (1972–73) 13–27–1
42 L January 17, 1973 2–4 New England Whalers (1972–73) 13–28–1
43 L January 18, 1973 3–8 Houston Aeros (1972–73) 13–29–1
44 W January 20, 1973 6–4 @ Alberta Oilers (1972–73) 14–29–1
45 L January 22, 1973 1–6 @ Alberta Oilers (1972–73) 14–30–1
46 W January 23, 1973 7–1 Quebec Nordiques (1972–73) 15–30–1
47 W January 25, 1973 9–2 New York Raiders (1972–73) 16–30–1
48 L January 27, 1973 1–2 Cleveland Crusaders (1972–73) 16–31–1
49 L January 28, 1973 3–4 @ Houston Aeros (1972–73) 16–32–1
50 W January 30, 1973 4–2 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 17–32–1
51 W February 2, 1973 4–1 Ottawa Nationals (1972–73) 18–32–1
52 W February 3, 1973 4–2 New York Raiders (1972–73) 19–32–1
53 L February 5, 1973 5–7 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1972–73) 19–33–1
54 W February 8, 1973 5–2 Quebec Nordiques (1972–73) 20–33–1
55 W February 10, 1973 3–0 Houston Aeros (1972–73) 21–33–1
56 W February 13, 1973 6–1 @ Los Angeles Sharks (1972–73) 22–33–1
57 L February 15, 1973 2–7 Winnipeg Jets (1972–73) 22–34–1
58 L February 17, 1973 1–3 Ottawa Nationals (1972–73) 22–35–1
59 L February 18, 1973 5–7 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 22–36–1
60 W February 20, 1973 4–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1972–73) 23–36–1
61 W February 24, 1973 5–2 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1972–73) 24–36–1
62 L February 27, 1973 1–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1972–73) 24–37–1
63 L March 4, 1973 4–6 @ Ottawa Nationals (1972–73) 24–38–1
64 T March 5, 1973 4–4 @ New York Raiders (1972–73) 24–38–2
65 W March 6, 1973 2–1 OT Philadelphia Blazers (1972–73) 25–38–2
66 L March 8, 1973 2–3 OT Alberta Oilers (1972–73) 25–39–2
67 L March 10, 1973 4–5 OT Alberta Oilers (1972–73) 25–40–2
68 L March 12, 1973 7–8 @ New York Raiders (1972–73) 25–41–2
69 L March 13, 1973 3–4 OT New England Whalers (1972–73) 25–42–2
70 L March 15, 1973 4–7 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 25–43–2
71 W March 17, 1973 6–3 New York Raiders (1972–73) 26–43–2
72 L March 22, 1973 1–2 OT Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–73) 26–44–2
73 L March 23, 1973 1–3 @ New England Whalers (1972–73) 26–45–2
74 L March 25, 1973 0–1 @ Los Angeles Sharks (1972–73) 26–46–2
75 L March 27, 1973 1–4 @ Los Angeles Sharks (1972–73) 26–47–2
76 L March 28, 1973 3–4 OT Winnipeg Jets (1972–73) 26–48–2
77 L March 31, 1973 1–5 @ Philadelphia Blazers (1972–73) 26–49–2
78 L April 1, 1973 1–5 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1972–73) 26–50–2

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Cougars did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sicinski, BobBob Sicinski C 77 25 63 88 18 0 7 1 2
Paiement, RosaireRosaire Paiement C 78 33 36 69 135 0 5 0 4
Fleming, ReggieReggie Fleming D/LW 75 23 45 68 93 0 7 1 2
Popiel, JanJan Popiel LW 76 31 34 65 77 0 6 0 4
Whitlock, BobBob Whitlock C 75 23 28 51 53 0 3 2 0
Mavety, LarryLarry Mavety D 67 9 40 49 73 0 2 1 0
Morris, RickRick Morris LW 76 31 17 48 84 0 4 0 0
Lodboa, DanDan Lodboa LW 58 15 18 33 16 0 4 0 0
Liddington, BobBob Liddington LW 78 20 11 31 24 0 1 0 0
Anderson, Ron F.Ron F. Anderson D 74 3 26 29 34 0 0 1 0
Barber, BobBob Barber D 75 4 19 23 39 0 0 0 0
Benzelock, JimJim Benzelock RW 43 9 12 21 23 0 3 0 0
Proceviat, DickDick Proceviat D 53 4 14 18 33 0 1 0 0
Zaine, RodRod Zaine C 74 3 14 17 25 0 0 0 0
Knibbs, DarrelDarrel Knibbs RW 41 3 8 11 0 0 0 0 0
Sarrazin, DickDick Sarrazin RW 33 3 8 11 2 0 2 0 0
Cahan, LarryLarry Cahan D 75 1 10 11 44 0 0 0 0
Glenwright, BrianBrian Glenwright LW 50 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 0
Blanchette, BernieBernie Blanchette RW 24 2 3 5 8 0 0 0 0
Hatoum, EdEd Hatoum RW 15 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
McLeod, JimJim McLeod G 54 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Gill, AndreAndre Gill G 33 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
McGlynn, DickDick McGlynn D 30 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Menard, PaulPaul Menard G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trooien, JerryJerry Trooien LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Viau, PierrePierre Viau D 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
McLeod, JimJim McLeod 2996 54 22 25 2 166 3.32 1
Gill, AndreAndre Gill 1709 33 4 24 0 118 4.14 0
Menard, PaulPaul Menard 45 1 0 1 0 5 6.67 0
Team: 4750 78 26 50 2 289 3.65 1

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Cougars did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

48 minutes of game action from the October 27, 1972 Chicago Cougars-Winnipeg Jets match.

Nearly an hour of game action from the December 17, 1972 Chicago Cougars-Minnesota Fighting Saints match.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Rebel League, Ed Willis, McClelland & Stewart Ltd, 1994, p.114
  2. 1972–73 Chicago Cougars Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
  3. 1972-73 Chicago Cougars Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
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