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1974–75 Toronto Toros
Division 2nd Canadian
1974–75 record 43–33–2
Home record 24–15–0
Road record 19–18–2
Goals for 349
Goals against 304
Team Information
Coach Billy Harris
Bob Leduc
Captain Frank Mahovlich
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Average attendance 10,436
Team Leaders
Goals Tom Simpson (52)
Assists Wayne Dillon (66)
Points Wayne Dillon (95)
Penalties in minutes Rick Cunningham (117)
Wins Gilles Gratton (30)
Goals against average Les Binkley (3.65)
<1973–74 1975–76>

The 1973–74 Toronto Toros season was the team's 2nd season in Toronto after their inaugural season as the Ottawa Nationals in 1972-73. The Toros finished 2nd in the Canadian Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the San Diego Mariners 4 games to 3.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The Toros strengthened themselves in the off-season with the signing two ex-Toronto Maple Leafs, former NHL superstar Frank Mahovlich and the hero from the 1972 Summit Series, Paul Henderson. Czech star Vaclav Nedomansky defected and signed with Toronto.

The Toros moved from Varsity Arena to Maple Leaf Gardens for the start of their second season. However, Harold Ballard had regained control of the Gardens. A violent opponent of the WHA, he never forgave the upstart league for nearly decimating the Leafs' roster in the early 1970s, he deliberately made the Toros' lease terms at the Gardens as onerous as possible. Besides making them pay $15,000 per game, the arena was dim for the first game. It was then that Ballard demanded $3,500 for use of the lights. Ballard also denied the Toros access to the Leafs' locker room, forcing them to build their own at a cost of $55,000. He also removed the cushions from the home bench for Toros' games (he told an arena worker, "Let 'em buy their own cushions!").

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

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

On October 6, 1974, the Toros lost an exhibition game 5-3 against the Minnesota North Stars.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Evel Knievel scores on Les Binkley, March 25, 1975.

Tom Simpson became the first professional hockey player in Toronto to have a 50-goal season, scoring 52 goals (a number he would never come close to matching again). The Toros finished the year with the league's fifth-best record at 43-33-2.

During the intermission of the March 25, 1975 game versus the Vancouver Blazers, a breakaway exhibition was held between daredevil Evel Knievel and Toros goaltender Les Binkley. Wearing a Toros #13 jersey, Knievel (who had played semi-pro hockey in Montana) deked Binkley out and scored.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division
GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Quebec Nordiques 78 46 32 0 92 331 299 1132
Toronto Toros 78 43 33 2 88 349 304 883
Winnipeg Jets 78 38 35 5 81 322 293 869
Vancouver Blazers 78 37 39 2 76 256 270 1075
Edmonton Oilers 78 36 38 4 76 279 279 896

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]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 15 New England Whalers 2–6 Toronto Toros 1–0–0 2
2 October 18 Indianapolis Racers 1–3 Toronto Toros 2–0–0 4
3 October 20 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades 3–4 Toronto Toros 3–0–0 6
4 October 22 Minnesota Fighting Saints 2–11 Toronto Toros 4–0–0 8
5 October 25 Winnipeg Jets 1–3 Toronto Toros 5–0–0 10
6 October 28 Phoenix Roadrunners 3–7 Toronto Toros 6–0–0 12
7 October 30 Toronto Toros 2–5 New England Whalers 6–1–0 12
8 November 1 Toronto Toros 1–10 Winnipeg Jets 6–2–0 12
9 November 2 Toronto Toros 3–4 OT Chicago Cougars 6–3–0 12
10 November 4 Quebec Nordiques 5–3 Toronto Toros 6–4–0 12
11 November 5 Toronto Toros 5–2 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades 7–4–0 14
12 November 9 Toronto Toros 7–4 Minnesota Fighting Saints 8–4–0 16
13 November 10 Toronto Toros 7–0 Chicago Cougars 9–4–0 18
14 November 13 Toronto Toros 5–3 Vancouver Blazers 10–4–0 20
15 November 15 Toronto Toros 4–5 Edmonton Oilers 10–5–0 20
16 November 17 Toronto Toros 3–1 Winnipeg Jets 11–5–0 22
17 November 19 Toronto Toros 6–5 Cleveland Crusaders 12–5–0 24
18 November 22 Edmonton Oilers 8–2 Toronto Toros 12–6–0 24
19 November 23 Toronto Toros 9–2 Quebec Nordiques 13–6–0 26
20 November 24 Toronto Toros 9–2 Indianapolis Racers 14–6–0 28
21 November 26 Minnesota Fighting Saints 6–2 Toronto Toros 14–7–0 28
22 November 28 Vancouver Blazers 6–2 Toronto Toros 14–8–0 28
23 November 29 Toronto Toros 4–4 Phoenix Roadrunners 14–8–1 29
24 December 1 Toronto Toros 3–1 San Diego Mariners 15–8–1 31
25 December 3 Houston Aeros 5–4 Toronto Toros 15–9–1 31
26 December 7 Toronto Toros 3–9 Chicago Cougars 15–10–1 31
27 December 8 Toronto Toros 5–2 Phoenix Roadrunners 16–10–1 33
28 December 10 Minnesota Fighting Saints 4–2 Toronto Toros 16–11–1 33
29 December 13 Cleveland Crusaders 6–7 OT Toronto Toros 17–11–1 35
30 December 15 Toronto Toros 7–2 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades 18–11–1 37
31 December 17 Winnipeg Jets 4–1 Toronto Toros 18–12–1 37
32 December 22 Chicago Cougars 2–5 Toronto Toros 19–12–1 39
33 December 23 Cleveland Crusaders 4–1 Toronto Toros 19–13–1 39
34 December 27 Chicago Cougars 2–4 Toronto Toros 20–13–1 41
35 January 3 New England Whalers 5–3 Toronto Toros 20–14–1 41
36 January 4 Toronto Toros 1–3 Quebec Nordiques 20–15–1 41
37 January 5 Toronto Toros 4–3 Cleveland Crusaders 21–15–1 43
38 January 7 Phoenix Roadrunners 3–2 Toronto Toros 21–16–1 43
39 January 10 San Diego Mariners 3–4 Toronto Toros 22–16–1 45
40 January 12 Toronto Toros 7–4 Houston Aeros 23–16–1 47
41 January 14 Toronto Toros 4–6 San Diego Mariners 23–17–1 47
42 January 15 Toronto Toros 5–5 Phoenix Roadrunners 23–17–2 48
43 January 17 Toronto Toros 1–2 New England Whalers 23–18–2 48
44 January 24 Toronto Toros 5–7 Minnesota Fighting Saints 23–19–2 48
45 January 26 Toronto Toros 7–5 Edmonton Oilers 24–19–2 50
46 January 28 Quebec Nordiques 4–6 Toronto Toros 25–19–2 52
47 January 30 Toronto Toros 3–2 Indianapolis Racers 26–19–2 54
48 January 31 Vancouver Blazers 0–6 Toronto Toros 27–19–2 56
49 February 2 Toronto Toros 2–4 Vancouver Blazers 27–20–2 56
50 February 4 Toronto Toros 4–8 San Diego Mariners 27–21–2 56
51 February 5 Toronto Toros 2–5 Houston Aeros 27–22–2 56
52 February 7 Cleveland Crusaders 1–4 Toronto Toros 28–22–2 58
53 February 9 Indianapolis Racers 5–7 Toronto Toros 29–22–2 60
54 February 11 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Toronto Toros 30–22–2 62
55 February 12 Toronto Toros 7–4 Winnipeg Jets 31–22–2 64
56 February 14 Toronto Toros 4–8 Edmonton Oilers 31–23–2 64
57 February 16 Toronto Toros 7–4 Vancouver Blazers 32–23–2 66
58 February 20 Chicago Cougars 4–3 OT Toronto Toros 32–24–2 66
59 February 22 Toronto Toros 3–4 Cleveland Crusaders 32–25–2 66
60 February 23 Toronto Toros 1–5 Houston Aeros 32–26–2 66
61 February 25 San Diego Mariners 4–6 Toronto Toros 33–26–2 68
62 March 2 Toronto Toros 3–5 Minnesota Fighting Saints 33–27–2 68
63 March 4 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades 4–6 Toronto Toros 34–27–2 70
64 March 7 Quebec Nordiques 4–1 Toronto Toros 34–28–2 70
65 March 8 Toronto Toros 7–4 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades 35–28–2 72
66 March 9 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades 2–8 Toronto Toros 36–28–2 74
67 March 11 Phoenix Roadrunners 4–7 Toronto Toros 37–28–2 76
68 March 13 Toronto Toros 4–5 Indianapolis Racers 37–29–2 76
69 March 14 San Diego Mariners 6–4 Toronto Toros 37–30–2 76
70 March 16 Toronto Toros 5–7 New England Whalers 37–31–2 76
71 March 17 Houston Aeros 4–5 Toronto Toros 38–31–2 78
72 March 25 Vancouver Blazers 4–8 Toronto Toros 39–31–2 80
73 March 28 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 Toronto Toros 40–31–2 82
74 March 29 Toronto Toros 5–4 OT Quebec Nordiques 41–31–2 84
75 March 30 New England Whalers 4–3 Toronto Toros 41–32–2 84
76 April 1 Indianapolis Racers 1–7 Toronto Toros 42–32–2 86
77 April 4 Winnipeg Jets 1–7 Toronto Toros 43–32–2 88
78 April 6 Houston Aeros 5–2 Toronto Toros 43–33–2 88

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

San Diego Mariners 4, Toronto Toros 2[edit | edit source]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 9 Toronto Toros 3–5 San Diego Mariners 0-1
2 April 12 Toronto Toros 6–7 San Diego Mariners 0-2
3 April 14 San Diego Mariners 2–5 Toronto Toros 1-2
4 April 16 San Diego Mariners 5–6 Toronto Toros 2-2
5 April 18 Toronto Toros 3–4 San Diego Mariners 2-3
6 April 21 San Diego Mariners 6–4 Toronto Toros 2-4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring Leaders
# Player GP G A Pts PIM
9 Wayne Dillon 77 29 66 95 22
27 Frank Mahovlich 73 38 44 82 27
14 Vaclav Nedomansky 78 41 40 81 19
12 Tom Simpson 70 52 28 80 48
11 Gavin Kirk 78 15 58 73 69
16 Pat Hickey 74 35 34 69 50
10 Paul Henderson 58 30 33 63 18
26 Tony Featherstone 76 25 38 63 26
7 Jim Dorey 43 11 23 34 69
17 Tom Martin 64 15 17 32 18
8 Richard Farda 66 6 25 31 2
2 Jim Turkiewicz 78 3 27 30 28
6 Brian Gibbons 73 4 22 26 105
3 Rick Cunningham 71 7 18 25 117
21 Lou Nistico 29 11 11 22 75
4 Steve Cuddie 70 5 16 21 49
25 Jeff Jacques 41 12 8 20 26
5 Mike Amodeo 64 1 13 14 50
23 George Kuzmicz 34 0 12 12 22
Larry Mavety 17 0 9 9 24
7 Guy Trottier 14 4 4 8 4
19 Bob Leduc 19 3 4 7 9
15 Brit Selby 17 1 4 5 0
20 Peter Marrin 3 3 1 4 0
33 Gilles Gratton (G) 53 0 4 4 8
Gord Titcomb 2 0 1 1 0
30 Les Binkley (G) 17 0 0 0 0
1 Jim Shaw (G) 21 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA Save %
Les Binkley 17 772 6 4 0 47 0 3.65 .888
Gilles Gratton 53 2881 30 20 1 185 2 3.85 .887
Jim Shaw 21 1055 7 9 1 70 0 3.98 .885

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring Leaders
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Gavin Kirk 6 5 6 11 2
Wayne Dillon 6 4 4 8 4
Jim Dorey 6 2 6 8 2
Lou Nistico 6 6 1 7 19
Tom Martin 5 1 5 6 0
Vaclav Nedomansky 6 3 1 4 9
Steve Cuddie 6 0 4 4 8
Jeff Jacques 6 0 4 4 2
Peter Marrin 6 0 4 4 2
Frank Mahovlich 6 3 0 3 2
Tony Featherstone 6 2 1 3 2
Larry Mavety 6 0 3 3 6
Tom Simpson 6 1 1 2 0
Mike Amodeo 3 0 1 1 4
Pat Hickey 5 0 1 1 4
Rick Cunningham 5 0 1 1 0
Richard Farda 1 0 0 0 0
Jack Gibson 1 0 0 0 0
Brian Gibbons 5 0 0 0 4
Les Binkley (G) 1 0 0 0 0
Gilles Gratton (G) 1 0 0 0 0
Jim Shaw (G) 5 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA Save %
Jim Shaw 5 262 2 2 18 0 4.12
Les Binkley 1 59 0 1 5 0 5.08
Gilles Gratton 1 36 0 1 5 0 8.33

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Toros did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Toronto's draft picks at the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 12 Jim Turkiewicz Flag of Canada Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
2 27 Roger Lemelin Flag of Canada Canada London Knights (OHA)
5 71 Carlo Torresan Flag of Canada Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)
6 86 Ron Sedlbauer Flag of Canada Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
7 100 Gilles Lupien Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Red White and Blue (QMJHL)
8 115 Garth Malarchuk Flag of Canada Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
9 130 John Harper Cornell University (NCAA)
10 145 Joe McNeil St. Francis Xavier University (CIAU)
11 160 Jack Davies Thunder Bay Hurricanes (MJHL)
12 173 Bill Hassard Wexford Raiders (OPJHL)

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1974–75 Toronto Toros Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-03.
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