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1973–74 New England Whalers · NHL
Eastern Division Champions
Division 1st Eastern
1973–74 record 43–31–4
Home record 26-11-2
Road record 17-20-2
Goals for 291
Goals against 260
General Manager Jack Kelley
Coach Ron Ryan
Captain Ted Green
Alternate captains Jim Dorey
Tommy Williams
Larry Pleau
Arena Boston Garden
Average attendance 5,970 (39.8%)
Team Leaders
Goals Tom Webster (43)
Assists John French (48)
Points John French (72)
Penalties in minutes Rick Ley (148)
Wins Al Smith (30)
Goals against average Al Smith (3.08)
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1972–73 1974–75

The 1973–74 New England Whalers season was the 2nd season of the Whalers' franchise in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Whalers finished 1st in the Eastern Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Chicago Cougars 4 games to 3.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Al Karlander's 1973-74 jersey.

The Whalers green away jersey remained unchanged from the 1972-73 season. The white home jersey had yellow highlights added to the stripes, collar, numbers and socks. But most significantly, the logo had the roundel removed, the "W" was enlarged and the horizontal harpoon was enlarged and changed from black to green. The white jersey would remain unchanged for the rest of the Whalers stint in the WHA.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Chicago Cougars 4, New England Whalers 3[edit | edit source]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 6 Chicago Cougars 4–6 New England Whalers 1–0
2 April 7 Chicago Cougars 3 – 4 OT New England Whalers 2–0
3 April 9 New England Whalers 6–8 Chicago Cougars 2–1
4 April 10 New England Whalers 1 – 2 OT Chicago Cougars 2–2
5 April 12 Chicago Cougars 4–2 New England Whalers 3–2
6 April 14 New England Whalers 2–0 Chicago Cougars 3–3
7 April 16 Chicago Cougars 3–2 New England Whalers 3–4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

# Player Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
11 John French 77 24 48 72 31 7 4 2 6 2
8 Tom Webster 64 43 27 70 28 3 5 0 5 7
4 Larry Pleau 77 26 43 69 35 2 2 0 2 0
14 Al Karlander 77 20 41 61 46 7 1 3 4 2
22 Don Blackburn 75 20 39 59 18 7 2 4 6 4
15 Tim Sheehy 77 29 29 58 22 7 4 2 6 4
9 Tom Williams 70 21 37 58 6 4 0 3 3 10
16 Hugh Harris 75 24 28 52 78 7 0 4 4 11
21 Mike Byers 78 29 21 50 6 7 2 4 6 12
10 Jim Dorey 77 6 40 46 134 6 0 6 6 26
2 Rick Ley 72 6 35 41 148 7 1 5 6 18
3 Brad Selwood 76 9 28 37 91 7 0 2 2 11
6 Ted Green 75 7 26 33 42 7 0 4 4 2
27 Tommy Earl 78 10 10 20 29 7 0 2 2 2
5 Paul Hurley 52 3 11 14 21
17 John Cunniff 30 7 5 12 21 5 1 1 2 0
18 Bob Charlebois 74 4 7 11 6 7 0 0 0 0
19 Guy Smith 16 1 5 6 25
12 John Danby 72 2 2 4 6 7 1 0 1 0
20 Ric Jordan 34 0 3 3 14 7 1 0 1 6
1 Al Smith 55 0 1 1 39 7 0 1 1 12
Mike Keeler 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
35 Bill Berglund 3 0 0 0 0
30 Bruce Landon 24 0 0 0 24 1 0 0 0 0

Statistics for all players reflect only games played with the Whalers.

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

# Player Regular Season Playoffs
GP TOI W L T GA SO SV% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
1 Al Smith 55 3194 30 21 2 164 2 0.895 3.08 7 399 3 4 21 1 0.854 3.22
Bill Berglund 3 180 2 1 0 10 0 0.888 3.33
30 Bruce Landon 24 1386 11 9 2 82 0 0.882 3.55 1 40 0 0 3 0 .913 4.50

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Whalers did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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