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Vancouver Blazers
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City: Vancouver, British Columbia
Home Arena: Pacific Coliseum
Colours: Yellow and burnt orange
Franchise history
1972: Miami Screaming Eagles
1972–1973: Philadelphia Blazers
19731975: Vancouver Blazers
19751977: Calgary Cowboys

The Vancouver Blazers are a defunct professional team that played two seasons in the World Hockey Association. Established in 1973 after the Philadelphia Blazers relocated, the team was moved to Calgary in 1975 to become the Calgary Cowboys.

1974 program


The Philadelphia Blazers had experienced a very difficult beginning to their inaugural season, but actually finished it off very nicely. They had on their roster some of the brightest stars of the league in André Lacroix and Danny Lawson and future National Hockey League Hall of Famer Bernie Parent and qualified for the playoffs. However, Parent, discontent, left the team during the playoffs and the team was swept in four games by the Cleveland Crusaders. After a season very rich in emotions and twists of all kind, owners Bernard Brown and James Cooper sold their team to Jim Pattison, who promptly moved it to Canada.

Pattison knew that in order to compete with the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL, who happened to share the same arena, he needed to attract a major super-star to the team as Lacroix, who had lead the league in scoring the previous year, left for the New York Golden Blades of the WHA. Pattison tried, to no avail, to sign NHL star Phil Esposito offering him $2.5 million over 5 years. Esposito decided to stay with the Bruins for less money.

The team performed horribly in their first year with a dismal record of 27-50-1. The next season, 1974–75, brought back some respectability to the team as they finished only two games below .500. But that wasn't enough to keep the team in Vancouver. After only two seasons in Vancouver, the team once again packed up their bags and moved to Calgary, Alberta, and were renamed the Calgary Cowboys. The Cowboys would be the second WHA team to attempt Calgary as the Calgary Broncos were slated to start playing there for the inaugural WHA season. The Broncos, though, never actually played a game before folding.

Season-by-season record

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Blazers' season-by-season record
Season Team Name GP W L T PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1973–74 Vancouver Blazers 78 27 50 1 55 278 345 1047 5th, Western Did not qualify
1974–75 Vancouver Blazers 78 37 39 2 76 256 270 1075 4th, Canadian Did not qualify

All-time scoring leaders

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Blazers' all-time scoring leaders
Player POS GP G A Pts
Flag of Canada Danny Lawson RW 156 83 81 164
Flag of Canada Bryan Campbell C 154 56 96 152
Flag of Canada Claude St. Sauveur C 146 62 53 115
Flag of Canada John McKenzie RW 119 37 75 112
Flag of Canada Don Burgess LW 140 41 54 95
Flag of Canada Rob Walton C 103 32 48 80
Flag of Canada Hugh Harris C 58 23 34 57
Flag of Canada John Migneault RW 88 25 28 53
Flag of Canada Murray Myers RW 85 23 21 44
Flag of Canada Mike Pelyk D 75 14 26 40


Head coaches