1973–74 Los Angeles Sharks
Division 6th Western
1973–74 record 25–53–0
Home record 17-22-0
Road record 8-31-0
Goals for 239
Goals against 339
Team Information
General Manager Terry Slater
Coach Terry Slater (5-14-0)
Ted McCaskill (20-39-0)
Captain Ted McCaskill (until mid-November)
Alternate captains Gerry Odrowski
Jim Watson
Arena L.A. Sports Arena
Average attendance 5,338 (36.7%)
Team Leaders
Goals Marc Tardif (40)
Assists J.P. LeBlanc (46)
Points Marc Tardif (70)
Penalties in minutes Steve Sutherland (182)
Wins Ian Wilkie (11)
Goals against average Ian Wilkie (3.92)
<1972–73

1974–75 >

The 1973–74 Los Angeles Sharks season was the 2nd season of the Sharks franchise in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Sharks finished 6th in the Western Division and did not qualify for the playoffs. The team became the Michigan Stags the following season.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The Sharks lured promising left wing Marc Tardif from the Montreal Canadiens.

The Sharks jerseys were the same design as in the 1972-73 season.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The Sharks attempted to build on their first season by signing their first bonafide NHL star in the Montreal Canadiens' Marc Tardif. And while the offense featured five 20 goal scorers (Tardif with 40, Gary Veneruzzo with 39, Brian McDonald with 22, and J.P. LeBlanc and Steve Sutherland with 20 apiece), they still ranked last in the league in scoring. The defense was equally porous, falling from 3rd in the league to 11th (next to last). Last year's #1 goalie George Gardner played only 2 games due to injuries, and Russ Gillow suffered from injuries and the "sophomore jinx" as his GAA went from 2.91 in 1972-73 to 3.98 in 1973-74. The other goalies that were brought in didn't fare much better, with Ian Wilkie sporting an unimpressive 3.91 GAA, Jim McLeod at 4.27, and Paul Hoganson even worse with a 4.68 GAA. The special teams, which were solid the season before, also fell on hard times as the power play ranked 9th and the penalty killing went from 3rd in the league to last. The Sharks ended up with the worst record in the league, and endured losing streaks of 9 and 6 games. The only noteworthy item was that they became the first team ever to have no ties (the WHA 10 minute overtime rule helped, but WHA teams still averaged 4 ties per season).

The Sharks' decline in the standings and quality of play was poorly timed in that the NHL's Los Angeles Kings across town were beginning a resurgence that would see them make the playoffs for the next decade. The novelty of the WHA wore off, and attendance dropped measurably. After the season, the Sharks moved to Detroit, MI and became the Michigan Stags.


Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Western Division
GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Houston Aeros 78 48 25 5 318 219 1038 101
Minnesota Fighting Saints 78 44 32 2 332 275 1243 90
Edmonton Oilers 78 38 37 3 268 269 1273 79
Winnipeg Jets 78 34 39 5 264 296 673 73
Vancouver Blazers 78 27 50 1 278 345 1047 55
Los Angeles Sharks 78 25 53 0 239 339 1086 50

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 13, 1973 3–4 Houston Aeros (1973–74) 0–1–0
2 L October 16, 1973 0–3 Toronto Toros (1973–74) 0–2–0
3 L October 18, 1973 2–7 Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 0–3–0
4 W October 21, 1973 4–1 @ Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 1–3–0
5 W October 23, 1973 4–3 Cleveland Crusaders (1973–74) 2–3–0
6 L October 24, 1973 2–6 @ Houston Aeros (1973–74) 2–4–0
7 L October 26, 1973 1–3 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1973–74) 2–5–0
8 L October 27, 1973 1–3 @ New England Whalers (1973–74) 2–6–0
9 W October 28, 1973 2–0 @ New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 3–6–0
10 L October 30, 1973 4–6 Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 3–7–0
11 L November 2, 1973 1–5 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 3–8–0
12 L November 3, 1973 4–6 @ Houston Aeros (1973–74) 3–9–0
13 L November 4, 1973 3–6 @ Toronto Toros (1973–74) 3–10–0
14 L November 6, 1973 4–5 OT @ Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 3–11–0
15 W November 7, 1973 3–1 @ Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 4–11–0
16 W November 9, 1973 4–2 Toronto Toros (1973–74) 5–11–0
17 L November 11, 1973 2–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 5–12–0
18 L November 13, 1973 0–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 5–13–0
19 L November 16, 1973 3–4 OT Cleveland Crusaders (1973–74) 5–14–0
20 L November 18, 1973 2–5 New England Whalers (1973–74) 5–15–0
21 W November 20, 1973 6–2 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 6–15–0
22 L November 22, 1973 3–4 Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 6–16–0
23 W November 23, 1973 2–0 Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 7–16–0
24 W November 27, 1973 5–4 OT Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 8–16–0
25 W November 30, 1973 5–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 9–16–0
26 W December 1, 1973 5–4 OT @ Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 10–16–0
27 L December 4, 1973 2–9 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 10–17–0
28 W December 6, 1973 4–3 Houston Aeros (1973–74) 11–17–0
29 W December 12, 1973 7–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 12–17–0
30 L December 14, 1973 0–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 12–18–0
31 L December 15, 1973 4–6 @ Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 12–19–0
32 W December 16, 1973 5–3 Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 13–19–0
33 L December 18, 1973 2–5 Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 13–20–0
34 L December 21, 1973 3–4 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 13–21–0
35 L December 22, 1973 3–8 @ Houston Aeros (1973–74) 13–22–0
36 L December 27, 1973 1–5 New England Whalers (1973–74) 13–23–0
37 L December 30, 1973 4–6 Houston Aeros (1973–74) 13–24–0
38 W January 4, 1974 4–3 Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 14–24–0
39 W January 8, 1974 4–1 Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 15–24–0
40 L January 10, 1974 1–7 @ Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 15–25–0
41 L January 12, 1974 4–5 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1973–74) 15–26–0
42 L January 13, 1974 6–9 @ New England Whalers (1973–74) 15–27–0
43 W January 15, 1974 6–4 Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 16–27–0
44 W January 18, 1974 4–1 Toronto Toros (1973–74) 17–27–0
45 W January 19, 1974 3–2 @ Houston Aeros (1973–74) 18–27–0
46 L January 20, 1974 0–3 Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 18–28–0
47 L January 22, 1974 1–3 @ Houston Aeros (1973–74) 18–29–0
48 W January 25, 1974 2–0 Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 19–29–0
49 W January 27, 1974 6–3 @ New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 20–29–0
50 L January 29, 1974 0–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 20–30–0
51 L January 31, 1974 4–5 OT @ Toronto Toros (1973–74) 20–31–0
52 L February 1, 1974 0–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 20–32–0
53 L February 3, 1974 2–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 20–33–0
54 L February 7, 1974 4–7 New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 20–34–0
55 L February 10, 1974 2–4 Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 20–35–0
56 L February 12, 1974 2–4 Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 20–36–0
57 L February 15, 1974 4–6 Houston Aeros (1973–74) 20–37–0
58 L February 17, 1974 0–4 Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 20–38–0
59 W February 20, 1974 4–2 New England Whalers (1973–74) 21–38–0
60 L February 24, 1974 3–5 Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 21–39–0
61 L February 26, 1974 2–4 @ Chicago Cougars (1973–74) 21–40–0
62 L February 27, 1974 4–5 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 21–41–0
63 L March 2, 1974 7–8 @ New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 21–42–0
64 L March 3, 1974 3–5 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 21–43–0
65 L March 5, 1974 3–6 Cleveland Crusaders (1973–74) 21–44–0
66 W March 8, 1974 4–1 Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 22–44–0
67 W March 10, 1974 6–5 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 23–44–0
68 L March 12, 1974 1–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1973–74) 23–45–0
69 L March 13, 1974 2–5 @ Vancouver Blazers (1973–74) 23–46–0
70 L March 14, 1974 0–6 Houston Aeros (1973–74) 23–47–0
71 L March 20, 1974 5–8 New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 23–48–0
72 L March 22, 1974 2–5 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973–74) 23–49–0
73 W March 24, 1974 6–3 Winnipeg Jets (1973–74) 24–49–0
74 L March 27, 1974 1–7 @ New England Whalers (1973–74) 24–50–0
75 L March 28, 1974 3–9 @ Quebec Nordiques (1973–74) 24–51–0
76 L March 30, 1974 4–5 OT @ Cleveland Crusaders (1973–74) 24–52–0
77 L March 31, 1974 4–5 @ Toronto Toros (1973–74) 24–53–0
78 W April 4, 1974 6–4 New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights (1973–74) 25–53–0

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Sharks 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
9 Tardif, MarcMarc Tardif LW 75 40 30 70 47 0 10 0 3
18 Veneruzzo, GaryGary Veneruzzo W 78 39 29 68 68 0 5 0 4
10 LeBlanc, J.P.J.P. LeBlanc C 78 20 46 66 58 0 7 0 0
17 McDonald, BrianBrian McDonald C 56 22 30 52 54 0 4 0 3
6 Odrowski, GerryGerry Odrowski D 77 4 32 36 48 0 2 0 0
21 Thomas, RegReg Thomas LW 72 14 21 35 22 0 1 0 3
12 Ward, RonRon Ward C 40 14 19 33 16 0 3 0 2
19 Sutherland, SteveSteve Sutherland LW 72 20 12 32 182 0 4 0 4
7 Crashley, BartBart Crashley D 78 4 26 30 16 0 2 0 1
15 Walters, RonRon Walters C 71 14 14 28 28 0 1 0 3
23 White, AltonAlton White RW 48 8 13 21 13 0 0 0 0
24 Serviss, TomTom Serviss C 74 6 15 21 37 0 0 2 1
3 Niekamp, JimJim Niekamp D 76 2 19 21 95 0 0 0 0
22 Garwasiuk, RonRon Garwasiuk LW 51 6 13 19 100 0 0 1 0
20 Gordon, DonDon Gordon RW 29 8 6 14 24 0 1 0 0
20 Whitlock, BobBob Whitlock C 14 4 10 14 4 0 1 0 0
16 Hodgson, TedTed Hodgson RW 23 3 9 12 22 0 2 0 0
2 Zrymiak, JerryJerry Zrymiak D 27 2 8 10 8 0 0 0 1
5 Horton, BillBill Horton D 60 0 9 9 46 0 0 0 0
16 Heiskala, EarlEarl Heiskala LW 24 2 6 8 45 0 0 0 0
8 Speck, FredFred Speck C 18 2 5 7 4 0 0 0 0
2 Watson, JimJim Watson D 48 0 6 6 28 0 0 0 0
11 McCaskill, TedTed McCaskill C 18 2 2 4 63 0 0 1 0
12 Young, BillBill Young LW 16 1 3 4 4 0 0 0 0
4 Willis, HalHal Willis D 18 1 2 3 24 0 0 0 0
4 MacSweyn, RalphRalph MacSweyn D 13 0 3 3 6 0 0 0 0
13 Slater, PeterPeter Slater RW 19 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
Bowman, KirkKirk Bowman LW 10 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
4 Hyndman, MikeMike Hyndman RW 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Derksen, BrianBrian Derksen D 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
30 Gardner, GeorgeGeorge Gardner G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 McLeod, JimJim McLeod G 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Gillow, RussRuss Gillow G 18 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
30 Wilkie, IanIan Wilkie G 23 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
25 Hoganson, PaulPaul Hoganson G 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Wilkie, IanIan Wilkie 1257 23 11 9 0 82 3.91 1
Hoganson, PaulPaul Hoganson 1308 27 6 16 0 102 4.68 0
Gillow, RussRuss Gillow 1041 18 4 13 0 69 3.98 1
McLeod, JimJim McLeod 969 17 4 13 0 69 4.27 1
Gardner, GeorgeGeorge Gardner 120 2 0 2 0 13 6.50 0
Team: 4695 78 25 53 0 335 4.28 3

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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 Sharks 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]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1973–74 Los Angeles Sharks Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-02.
  2. 1973-74 Los Angeles Sharks Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-02.


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