1973–74 Cleveland Crusaders
Division 3rd Eastern
1973–74 record 37–32–9
Goals for 266
Goals against 264
Team information
Coach Bill Needham
Arena Cleveland Arena
Team leaders
<1972–73 1974–75>

The 1973–74 Cleveland Crusaders season was the Cleveland Crusaders' second season of operation in the World Hockey Association. The Crusaders placed second in the Eastern Division, qualifying for the playoffs. The Crusaders lost in the first round to the Toronto Toros.

Offseason

Regular season

Final standings

Eastern Division
GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
New England Whalers 78 43 31 4 291 260 875 90
Toronto Toros 78 41 33 4 304 272 871 86
Cleveland Crusaders 78 37 32 9 266 264 1007 83
Chicago Cougars 78 38 35 5 271 273 1041 81
Quebec Nordiques 78 38 36 4 306 280 909 80
NY Golden Blades / NJ Knights 78 32 42 4 268 313 933 68

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

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 6, 1973 2–2 New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 0–0–1
2 W October 13, 1973 6–3 Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 1–0–1
3 W October 14, 1973 3–2 OT Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 2–0–1
4 W October 20, 1973 6–4 Toronto Toros (1973–74) 3–0–1
5 W October 21, 1973 2–0 @ Houston Aeros (1973–74) 4–0–1
6 L October 23, 1973 3–4 @ Los Angeles Sharks (1973–74) 4–1–1
7 W October 26, 1973 3–1 Los Angeles Sharks (1973–74) 5–1–1
8 T October 27, 1973 2–2 Houston Aeros (1973–74) 5–1–2
9 W October 31, 1973 6–4 Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 6–1–2
10 L November 3, 1973 4–7 Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 6–2–2
11 L November 4, 1973 5–7 @ New England Whalers (1973–74) 6–3–2
12 W November 10, 1973 4–2 Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 7–3–2
13 L November 11, 1973 4–6 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 7–4–2
14 W November 13, 1973 5–2 @ Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 8–4–2
15 W November 16, 1973 4–3 OT @ Los Angeles Sharks (1973–74) 9–4–2
16 L November 18, 1973 2–8 @ Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 9–5–2
17 L November 20, 1973 3–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 9–6–2
18 L November 21, 1973 2–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 9–7–2
19 L November 23, 1973 2–3 Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 9–8–2
20 W November 24, 1973 2–1 Toronto Toros (1973–74) 10–8–2
21 T November 29, 1973 4–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 10–8–3
22 W December 1, 1973 4–2 Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 11–8–3
23 W December 2, 1973 3–0 Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 12–8–3
24 L December 6, 1973 2–3 @ New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 12–9–3
25 W December 8, 1973 2–1 OT New England Whalers (1973–74) 13–9–3
26 L December 9, 1973 2–3 @ New England Whalers (1973–74) 13–10–3
27 L December 12, 1973 2–4 New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 13–11–3
28 L December 13, 1973 1–3 @ Toronto Toros (1973–74) 13–12–3
29 W December 15, 1973 4–3 Toronto Toros (1973–74) 14–12–3
30 T December 16, 1973 2–2 @ Houston Aeros (1973–74) 14–12–4
31 W December 22, 1973 2–1 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 15–12–4
32 W December 23, 1973 4–2 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 16–12–4
33 L December 26, 1973 3–5 Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 16–13–4
34 L December 27, 1973 2–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 16–14–4
35 W December 29, 1973 3–0 New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 17–14–4
36 L December 30, 1973 2–6 @ New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 17–15–4
37 L January 1, 1974 0–3 @ Toronto Toros (1973–74) 17–16–4
38 W January 5, 1974 1–0 New England Whalers (1973–74) 18–16–4
39 W January 6, 1974 11–3 Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 19–16–4
40 T January 8, 1974 0–0 @ Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 19–16–5
41 W January 12, 1974 5–4 Los Angeles Sharks (1973–74) 20–16–5
42 W January 13, 1974 4–2 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 21–16–5
43 L January 18, 1974 3–7 @ Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 21–17–5
44 L January 20, 1974 2–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 21–18–5
45 L January 23, 1974 3–6 @ Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 21–19–5
46 W January 24, 1974 5–3 @ Toronto Toros (1973–74) 22–19–5
47 L January 26, 1974 0–4 @ New England Whalers (1973–74) 22–20–5
48 L January 27, 1974 3–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 22–21–5
49 W January 30, 1974 5–1 Houston Aeros (1973–74) 23–21–5
50 L February 2, 1974 2–4 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 23–22–5
51 W February 3, 1974 3–1 New England Whalers (1973–74) 24–22–5
52 L February 5, 1974 1–4 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 24–23–5
53 L February 8, 1974 2–4 New England Whalers (1973–74) 24–24–5
54 W February 9, 1974 4–3 Toronto Toros (1973–74) 25–24–5
55 L February 15, 1974 2–6 @ New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 25–25–5
56 W February 16, 1974 5–2 Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 26–25–5
57 W February 17, 1974 6–5 Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 27–25–5
58 L February 19, 1974 5–6 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 27–26–5
59 W February 23, 1974 7–3 Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 28–26–5
60 L February 24, 1974 1–2 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 28–27–5
61 T February 28, 1974 6–6 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 28–27–6
62 L March 1, 1974 4–7 @ Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 28–28–6
63 T March 3, 1974 3–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 28–28–7
64 W March 5, 1974 6–3 @ Los Angeles Sharks (1973–74) 29–28–7
65 W March 7, 1974 4–2 @ Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 30–28–7
66 W March 8, 1974 4–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 31–28–7
67 L March 10, 1974 3–8 @ Toronto Toros (1973–74) 31–29–7
68 W March 13, 1974 4–3 Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 32–29–7
69 T March 16, 1974 4–4 New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 32–29–8
70 L March 17, 1974 3–4 @ Houston Aeros (1973–74) 32–30–8
71 W March 19, 1974 7–4 @ Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 33–30–8
72 L March 20, 1974 4–5 Houston Aeros (1973–74) 33–31–8
73 W March 23, 1974 3–1 Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 34–31–8
74 T March 24, 1974 3–3 Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 34–31–9
75 W March 27, 1974 5–4 OT Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 35–31–9
76 L March 28, 1974 2–3 @ New England Whalers (1973–74) 35–32–9
77 W March 30, 1974 5–4 OT Los Angeles Sharks (1973–74) 36–32–9
78 W March 31, 1974 4–2 @ New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 37–32–9

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Playoffs

Player stats

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Jarrett, GaryGary Jarrett LW 75 31 39 70 68 0 11 0 4
Wiste, JimJim Wiste C 76 23 35 58 26 0 4 0 7
Pinder, GerryGerry Pinder LW 73 23 33 56 90 0 3 1 3
Krake, SkipSkip Krake C 69 20 36 56 94 0 5 0 3
Erickson, GrantGrant Erickson LW 78 23 27 50 26 0 3 2 5
Buchanan, RonRon Buchanan C 49 18 27 45 2 0 6 0 3
Shmyr, PaulPaul Shmyr D 78 13 31 44 165 0 3 0 0
Edur, TomTom Edur D 76 7 31 38 26 0 1 0 0
Clearwater, RayRay Clearwater D 68 12 23 35 47 0 3 0 1
Andrea, PaulPaul Andrea RW 69 15 18 33 14 0 6 3 2
Walker, RussRuss Walker RW 76 15 14 29 117 0 1 0 2
Ward, RonRon Ward C 23 19 7 26 7 0 4 0 4
Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman D 44 5 21 26 37 0 1 0 0
Brindley, DougDoug Brindley LW/C 30 13 9 22 13 0 1 0 1
Heindl, BillBill Heindl LW 67 4 14 18 4 0 1 0 1
Neale, RobbieRobbie Neale C 43 8 9 17 30 0 1 0 1
Young, BillBill Young LW 53 8 9 17 70 0 0 0 0
Muloin, WayneWayne Muloin D 76 3 7 10 39 0 1 0 0
Cournoyer, NormNorm Cournoyer C 13 3 5 8 6 0 1 0 0
Hillman, WayneWayne Hillman D 66 1 7 8 51 0 0 0 0
Pumple, RichRich Pumple LW 17 2 2 4 16 0 0 0 0
Hodgson, TedTed Hodgson RW 10 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Hopiavouri, RalphRalph Hopiavouri D 13 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Morgan, RonRon Morgan LW 4 0 1 1 7 0 0 0 0
Whidden, BobBob Whidden G 22 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Adduono, RayRay Adduono C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Buetow, BradBrad Buetow D 25 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 59 0 0 0 30 0 0 0 0
McMasters, JimJim McMasters D 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Shirton, GlenGlen Shirton D 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 3562 59 30 20 6 180 3.03 4
Whidden, BobBob Whidden 1232 22 7 12 3 80 3.90 1
Team: 4794 78 37 32 9 260 3.25 5
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Shmyr, PaulPaul Shmyr D 5 0 4 4 31 0 0 0
Ward, RonRon Ward C 5 3 0 3 2 0 0 0
Edur, TomTom Edur D 5 1 2 3 0 0 0 0
Jarrett, GaryGary Jarrett LW 5 1 1 2 13 0 0 0
Erickson, GrantGrant Erickson LW 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Andrea, PaulPaul Andrea RW 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Morgan, RonRon Morgan LW 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Muloin, WayneWayne Muloin D 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Walker, RussRuss Walker RW 5 1 0 1 11 0 0 0
Brindley, DougDoug Brindley LW/C 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Heindl, BillBill Heindl LW 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Hopiavouri, RalphRalph Hopiavouri D 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Krake, SkipSkip Krake C 5 0 1 1 39 0 0 0
Wiste, JimJim Wiste C 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Buchanan, RonRon Buchanan C 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 5 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Clearwater, RayRay Clearwater D 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Hillman, WayneWayne Hillman D 5 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
Neale, RobbieRobbie Neale C 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Pinder, GerryGerry Pinder LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 303 5 1 4 18 3.56 0
Team: 303 5 1 4 18 3.56 0

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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

Transactions

Roster

Draft picks

Farm teams

See also

References

  1. 1973–74 Cleveland Crusaders Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.
  2. 1973-74 Cleveland Crusaders Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.

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