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1974–75 Cleveland Crusaders
Division 2nd Eastern
1974–75 record 35–40–3
Goals for 236
Goals against 258
Team Information
General Manager Jack Vivian
Coach John Hanna
Jack Vivian
Captain Paul Shmyr
Arena Coliseum at Richfield
Team Leaders
Goals Rich Leduc (35)
Assists Ron Ward (32)
Points Rich Leduc (66)
Penalties in minutes Steve Cardwell (127)
Wins Gerry Cheevers (26)
Goals against average Bob Whidden (3.23)
<1973–74 1975–76>

The 1974–75 Cleveland Crusaders season was the Cleveland Crusaders 3rd season of operation in the World Hockey Association (WHA). It was the Crusaders' first season in the new Coliseum at Richfield. The Crusaders finished 2nd in the Eastern Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Houston Aeros 4 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The Crusaders moved into the new Coliseum at Richfield which at the time, was the most luxurious in hockey. The facilities far surpassed the Cleveland Arena which had become decrepit and the area was notorious for the high level of crime. Several Crusaders players experienced theft of their cars and mugging outside the old Cleveland Arena.[1]

The Crusaders jerseys were the same design as in the 1973-74 season.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

On October 6, 1974, the Crusaders lost an exhibition game 5-3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Paul Hoganson makes a save on Skip Krake, December 19, 1974.

The only shutout in Michigan Stags history occurred on December 19, 1974 in a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Crusaders. In a game marred by multiple brawls, Stags goalie Paul Hoganson out-dueled All-Star goalie Gerry Cheevers and made 32 saves.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Eastern Division
GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
New England Whalers 78 43 30 5 91 274 279 867
Cleveland Crusaders 78 35 40 3 73 236 258 1273
Chicago Cougars 78 30 47 1 61 261 312 1086
Indianapolis Racers 78 18 57 3 39 216 338 970

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties Minutes
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 W October 19, 1974 3–1 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 1–0–0
2 T October 20, 1974 4–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 1–0–1
3 L October 22, 1974 2–5 @ San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 1–1–1
4 L October 23, 1974 1–4 @ Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 1–2–1
5 W October 31, 1974 4–2 @ Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 2–2–1
6 L November 2, 1974 2–4 Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 2–3–1
7 W November 8, 1974 2–1 @ Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 3–3–1
8 L November 10, 1974 1–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 3–4–1
9 W November 14, 1974 2–1 OT @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 4–4–1
10 W November 15, 1974 5–3 @ San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 5–4–1
11 L November 19, 1974 5–6 Toronto Toros (1974–75) 5–5–1
12 L November 22, 1974 2–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 5–6–1
13 W November 24, 1974 3–1 Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 6–6–1
14 W November 27, 1974 5–4 OT Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 7–6–1
15 W November 29, 1974 4–2 Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 8–6–1
16 W November 30, 1974 5–4 @ Houston Aeros (1974–75) 9–6–1
17 L December 4, 1974 2–3 New England Whalers (1974–75) 9–7–1
18 W December 7, 1974 3–1 San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 10–7–1
19 L December 10, 1974 3–4 Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 10–8–1
20 L December 12, 1974 2–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 10–9–1
21 L December 13, 1974 6–7 OT @ Toronto Toros (1974–75) 10–10–1
22 L December 15, 1974 1–2 @ Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 10–11–1
23 L December 17, 1974 3–8 @ San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 10–12–1
24 L December 19, 1974 0–1 @ Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 10–13–1
25 W December 20, 1974 3–0 New England Whalers (1974–75) 11–13–1
26 L December 22, 1974 0–3 Houston Aeros (1974–75) 11–14–1
27 W December 23, 1974 4–1 @ Toronto Toros (1974–75) 12–14–1
28 W December 27, 1974 4–3 Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 13–14–1
29 L December 28, 1974 2–3 OT @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 13–15–1
30 L December 29, 1974 0–6 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 13–16–1
31 L December 31, 1974 3–4 Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 13–17–1
32 L January 1, 1975 2–6 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 13–18–1
33 W January 2, 1975 4–1 Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 14–18–1
34 L January 4, 1975 0–2 San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 14–19–1
35 L January 5, 1975 3–4 Toronto Toros (1974–75) 14–20–1
36 T January 7, 1975 4–4 Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 14–20–2
37 W January 10, 1975 6–4 Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 15–20–2
38 W January 12, 1975 4–2 Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 16–20–2
39 L January 15, 1975 2–4 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 16–21–2
40 L January 16, 1975 2–4 @ Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 16–22–2
41 W January 18, 1975 2–1 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 17–22–2
42 L January 19, 1975 4–9 @ Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 17–23–2
43 W January 23, 1975 5–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 18–23–2
44 W January 25, 1975 2–1 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 19–23–2
45 L January 27, 1975 0–2 @ New England Whalers (1974–75) 19–24–2
46 L January 28, 1975 3–4 @ Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 19–25–2
47 W January 29, 1975 6–2 Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 20–25–2
48 W January 31, 1975 2–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 21–25–2
49 L February 2, 1975 3–4 Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 21–26–2
50 W February 5, 1975 3–2 Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 22–26–2
51 W February 6, 1975 4–0 @ Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 23–26–2
52 L February 7, 1975 1–4 @ Toronto Toros (1974–75) 23–27–2
53 L February 9, 1975 1–4 Houston Aeros (1974–75) 23–28–2
54 W February 12, 1975 5–3 Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 24–28–2
55 W February 14, 1975 3–2 San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 25–28–2
56 L February 15, 1975 1–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 25–29–2
57 L February 17, 1975 1–2 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 25–30–2
58 L February 19, 1975 3–5 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 25–31–2
59 W February 22, 1975 4–3 Toronto Toros (1974–75) 26–31–2
60 L February 23, 1975 0–6 @ Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 26–32–2
61 L February 26, 1975 5–9 @ Houston Aeros (1974–75) 26–33–2
62 T March 1, 1975 4–4 @ New England Whalers (1974–75) 26–33–3
63 W March 4, 1975 3–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 27–33–3
64 L March 5, 1975 2–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 27–34–3
65 W March 8, 1975 6–5 @ Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 28–34–3
66 L March 12, 1975 0–2 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 28–35–3
67 W March 14, 1975 3–0 Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 29–35–3
68 L March 16, 1975 1–2 Houston Aeros (1974–75) 29–36–3
69 L March 17, 1975 2–3 @ Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 29–37–3
70 W March 19, 1975 5–4 Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 30–37–3
71 W March 22, 1975 5–1 Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 31–37–3
72 W March 26, 1975 4–2 Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 32–37–3
73 L March 27, 1975 3–5 @ New England Whalers (1974–75) 32–38–3
74 W March 29, 1975 7–5 Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 33–38–3
75 W March 30, 1975 7–6 Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 34–38–3
76 L April 1, 1975 2–3 OT @ Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 34–39–3
77 L April 2, 1975 6–7 @ Houston Aeros (1974–75) 34–40–3
78 W April 5, 1975 5–2 New England Whalers (1974–75) 35–40–3

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Houston Aeros 4, Cleveland Crusaders 1[edit | edit source]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 10 Cleveland Crusaders 5–8 Houston Aeros 0–1
2 April 12 Cleveland Crusaders 3–5 Houston Aeros 0–2
3 April 13 Houston Aeros 1–3 Cleveland Crusaders 1–2
4 April 15 Houston Aeros 7–2 Cleveland Crusaders 1–3
5 April 17 Cleveland Crusaders 1–3 Houston Aeros 1–4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
22 Leduc, RichRich Leduc C 78 35 31 66 122 12 5 0 0
14 McDonough, AlAl McDonough RW 78 34 30 64 27 -11 12 0 0
24 Ward, RonRon Ward C 73 30 32 62 18 7 5 0 0
9 Harrison, JimJim Harrison C 60 20 22 42 106 -8 6 0 0
12 Jarrett, GaryGary Jarrett LW 77 17 24 41 70 8 1 0 0
7 Pinder, GerryGerry Pinder LW 74 13 28 41 71 -6 4 0 0
17 Krake, SkipSkip Krake C 71 15 23 38 108 9 1 0 0
16 Erickson, GrantGrant Erickson LW 78 12 15 27 24 2 0 2 0
28 Walker, RussRuss Walker RW 66 14 11 25 80 16 0 0 0
20 Holbrook, TerryTerry Holbrook RW 78 10 13 23 7 -10 0 0 0
18 Edur, TomTom Edur D 61 3 20 23 28 -4 0 0 0
11 Cardwell, SteveSteve Cardwell LW 75 9 13 22 127 -3 0 1 0
6 Clearwater, RayRay Clearwater D 66 4 18 22 51 4 0 0 0
3 Shmyr, PaulPaul Shmyr D 49 7 14 21 103 11 3 0 0
5 Muloin, WayneWayne Muloin D 78 4 17 21 65 -6 0 1 0
2 Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman D 77 0 16 16 83 -6 0 0 0
19 Stewart, JohnJohn Stewart C 59 4 7 11 8 5 0 0 0
8 Hillman, WayneWayne Hillman D 60 2 9 11 37 3 0 0 0
27 F. Anderson, RonRon F. Anderson D 39 0 9 9 10 7 0 0 0
29 Neale, RobbieRobbie Neale C 9 1 3 4 4 0 0 0 0
10 Buchanan, RonRon Buchanan C 4 2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0
30 Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 52 0 1 1 59 0 0 0 0
4 Baxter, PaulPaul Baxter D 5 0 0 0 37 1 0 0 0
1 Whidden, BobBob Whidden G 29 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 3076 52 26 24 2 167 3.26 4
Whidden, BobBob Whidden 1654 29 9 16 1 89 3.23 0
Team: 4730 78 35 40 3 256 3.25 4
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Pinder, GerryGerry Pinder LW 5 3 1 4 6 0 0 0
Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman D 5 1 3 4 0 0 0 1
McDonough, AlAl McDonough RW 5 2 1 3 2 0 0 0
Shmyr, PaulPaul Shmyr D 5 2 1 3 15 0 0 0
Harrison, JimJim Harrison C 5 1 2 3 4 0 0 0
Edur, TomTom Edur D 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
Clearwater, RayRay Clearwater D 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Krake, SkipSkip Krake C 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Hillman, WayneWayne Hillman D 5 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Leduc, RichRich Leduc C 5 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Ward, RonRon Ward C 5 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Walker, RussRuss Walker RW 5 1 0 1 17 0 0 0
Cardwell, SteveSteve Cardwell LW 5 0 1 1 14 0 0 0
Holbrook, TerryTerry Holbrook RW 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Jarrett, GaryGary Jarrett LW 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Muloin, WayneWayne Muloin D 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Stewart, JohnJohn Stewart C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Erickson, GrantGrant Erickson LW 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Cheevers, GerryGerry Cheevers 300 5 1 4 23 4.60 0
Team: 300 5 1 4 23 4.60 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[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Rebel League, Ed Willis, McClelland & Stewart Ltd, 1994, p.110
  2. 1974–75 Cleveland Crusaders Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.
  3. 1974-75 Cleveland Crusaders Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.
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