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new england4 - winnipeg1
'72-'73
houston4 - chicago0
'73-'74
houston4 - quebec0
'74-'75
winnipeg4 - houston0
'75-'76
quebec4 - winnipeg3
'76-'77
winnipeg4 - new england1
'77-'78
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'78-'79
POST-LEAGUE
SYNOPSIS


MOVES BEFORE PLAY BEGAN
- The intended Dayton Arrows became the Houston Aeros
- The New York Raiders, intended for Long Island moved to Manhattan
- The intended Calgary Broncos became the Cleveland Crusaders
- The intended Miami Screaming Eagles became the Philadelphia Blazers
- The intended San Fransisco Sharks became the Quebec Nordiques
- The intended Los Angeles Aces became the Los Angeles Sharks
- The un-named team intended to be shared by Ottawa and Toronto was stationed in Ottawa as the Nationals
- The intended Edmonton Oilers were shared with Calgary

1972-1973

EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS 
New England Whalers      46  30  2   94          Winnipeg Jets            43  31  4   90
Cleveland Crusaders      43  32  3   89          Houston Aeros            39  35  4   82
Philadelphia Blazers     38  40  0   76          Los Angeles Sharks       37  35  6   80
*Ottawa Nationals        35  39  4   74          Minnesota Saints         38  37  3   79 
Quebec Nordiques         33  40  5   71          **Alberta Oilers         38  37  3   79 
New York Raiders         33  43  2   68          Chicago Cougars          26  50  2   54 
* The Nationals played their playoff games in Toronto.
** The Alberta Oilers played their playoff game in Calgary.

PLAYOFFS
(Western Division 1 game tie-breaker): Fighting Saints 4 - Oilers 2
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Crusaders over Blazers 4-0
Whalers over Nationals 4-2
Jets over Fighting Saints 4-2
Aeros over Sharks 4-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Whalers over Crusaders 4-2
Jets over Aeros 4-0

AVCO CUP FINALS
New England WhalersNew England over Winnipeg 4 games to 1

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1973-1974

PRE-SEASON MOVES
- The Blazers moved from Philadelphia to Vancouver
- The Nationals became the Toronto Toros
- The Raiders stayed in Manhattan but were renamed the Golden Blades
- The Oilers were permanently stationed in Edmonton

EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS 
New England Whalers      43  31  4   90          Houston Aeros            48  25  5  101
Toronto Toros            41  33  4   86          Minnesota Saints         39  35  4  82
Cleveland Crusaders      37  32  9   83          Edmonton Oilers          37  35  6  80
Chicago Cougars          38  35  5   81          Winnipeg Jets            38  37  3  79 
Quebec Nordiques         38  36  4   80          Vancouver Blazers        38  37  3  79 
*New Jersey Knights      32  42  4   68          Los Angeles Sharks       26  50  2  54 
*The New Jersey Knights started as the New York Golden Blades, but moved in mid season and changed their name.

PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Aeros over Jets 4-0
Fighting Saints over Oilers 4-2
Cougars over Whalers 4-3
Toros over Crusaders 4-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Aeros over Fighting Saints 4-2
Cougars over Toros 4-3

AVCO CUP FINALS
Houston AerosHouston over Chicago in 4 games straight

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1974-1975

PRE-SEASON MOVES
- The New York Golden Blades/New Jersey Knights were moved to San Diego and renamed the Mariners
- The LA Sharks were moved to Michigan and renamed the Stags
- The league expanded, allowing admission to Phoenix and Indianapolis
- The league devised a 3 division alignment.


EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS 
New England Whalers      43  30  5   91          Houston Aeros            53  25  0  104
Cleveland Crusaders      35  40  3   73          San Diego Mariners       43  31  4   90
Chicago Cougars          30  47  1   61          Minnesota Saints         42  33  3   87
Indianapolis Racers      18  57  3   39          Phoenix Roadrunners      39  31  8   86 
                                                 *Baltimore Blades        21  53  4   46
                          CANADIAN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS 
                          Quebec Nordiques          46  32  0   92
                          Toronto Toros             43  33  2   86
                          Winnipeg Jets             38  35  5   81
                          Vancouver Blazers         37  39  2   76
                          Edmonton Oilers           36  38  4   76
*The Blades began the season as the Michigan Stags, but moved to Baltimore after 61 games

PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Aeros over Crusaders 4-2
Nordiques over Roadrunners 4-2
Fighting Saints over Whalers 4-2
Mariners over Toros 4-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Nordiques over Fighting Saints 4-2
Aeros over Mariners 4-0

AVCO CUP FINALS
Houston AerosHouston over Quebec 4 games straight

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1975-1976

PRE-SEASON MOVES
- the Chicago Cougars folded
- the Vancouver Blazers moved to Calgary and became the Cowboys
- the league went through it's second and last expansion, giving teams to Cincinnati and Denver

EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS 
Indianapolis Racers      35  39  6   76          Houston Aeros            53  27  0  106
Cleveland Crusaders      35  40  5   75          Phoenix Roadrunners      39  35  6   84
New England Whalers      33  40  7   73          San Diego Mariners       36  38  6   78
Cincinnati Stingers      35  44  1   71          *Minnesota Saints        30  25  4   64 
Quebec Nordiques         38  36  4   80          **Denver Spurs           14  26  1   29
                          CANADIAN DIVISION      W  L  T  PTS 
                          Winnipeg Jets              52  27  2  106
                          Quebec Nordiques           50  27  4  104
                          Calgary Cowboys            41  35  4   86
                          Edmonton Oilers            27  49  5   59
                          Toronto Toros              24  52  5   53
* Minnesota Fighting Saints folded after 59 games
**Denver Spurs became the Ottawa Civics after 18 games, then folded after 41 total games

PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 5)
Whalers over Crusaders 3-0
Mariners over Roadrunners 3-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Jets over Oilers 4-0
Cowboys over Nordiques 4-0
Whalers over Racers 4-3
Aeros over Mariners 4-2

THIRD ROUND(best of 7)
Jets over Cowboys 4-2
Aeros over Whalers 4-3

AVCO CUP FINALS
Winnipeg JetsWinnipeg over Houston 4 games straight


PRE-SEASON MOVES
- Cleveland Crusader were moved to Minnesota and became the second incarnation of the Fighting Saints
Toronto Toros were moved to Birmingham, Alabama and became the Bulls
- league reverted back to 2 division alignment
EASTERN DIVISION     W  L  T  PTS         WESTERN DIVISION    W  L  T  PTS 
Quebec Nordiques         47  31  3   97          Houston Aeros            50  24  6 106
Cincinnati Stingers      39  37  5   83          Winnipeg Jets            46  32  2  94
Indianapolis Racers      36  37  8   80          San Diego Mariners       40  37  4  84
New England Whalers      35  40  6   76          Edmonton Oilers          34  43  7  75 
Birmingham Bulls         31  46  4   66          Calgary Cowboys          31  43  7  69 
**Minnesota Saints       19  18  5   43          Phoenix Roadrunners      28  48  4  60 
**Minnesota Fighting Saints folded (again) after 42 games

PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Nordiques over Whalers 4-2
Racers over Stingers 4-0
Aeros over Oilers 4-2
Jets over Mariners 4-3

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Nordiques over Racers 4-2
Jets over Aeros 4-2

AVCO CUP FINALS
Quebec NordiquesQuebec over Winnipeg 4 games to 3


PRE-SEASON MOVES
- the Mariners, Cowboys and Roadrunners all folded
- the league adopts an 8 team -2 division format

                   W  L  T  PTS         
Winnipeg Jets          50  28  2   102   
New England Whalers    44  31  5   93
Houston Aeros          42  34  4   86          
Quebec Nordiques       40  37  3   83 
Edmonton Oilers        38  39  3   79 
Birmingham Bulls       36  41  3   75 
Cincinnati Stingers    35  42  3   73 
Indianapolis Racers    24  51  5   53 

PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 7)
Whalers over Oilers 4-2
Nordiques over Aeros 4-2
Jets over Bulls 4-2

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Whalers over Nordiques 4-2
Jets (BYE)

AVCO CUP FINALS
Winnipeg JetsWinnipeg over New England 4 games to 1


PRE-SEASON MOVES
- Houston folded
                   W  L  T  PTS         
Edmonton Oilers        48  30  2   98   
Quebec Nordiques       41  34  5   87
Winnipeg Jets          39  35  6   84          
New England Whalers    37  34  9   83 
Cincinnati Singers     33  41  6   72 
Birmingham Bulls       32  42  6   70 
*Indianapolis Racers   5  18  2   12 
*Indianapolis Racers folded after 25 games

PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND (best of 3)
Whalers over Stingers 2-1
(Nordiques, Jets, Oilers BYE)

SECOND ROUND(best of 7)
Jets over Nordiques 4-0
Oilers over Whalers 4-3

AVCO CUP FINALS
Winnipeg JetsWinnipeg over Edmonton 4 games to 2


The Avco World Trophy was permanently awarded to the Winnipeg Jets after the demise of the WHA after the 78-79 season - and was subsequently donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame after the Jets folded in 1998.

The Winnipeg Jets, New England Whalers (following an official name change to Hartford), Quebec Nordiques and Edmonton Oilers all merged with the NHL the next year but today the Jets are now in Phoenix, Whalers in Carolina and Les Nordiques in Colorado.

The Oilers, the only team of the four survivors admittedly not to have won the Avco Cup, is also the only team to have won the Stanley Cup - the undisputed Holy Grail - 5 of 7 years, and the last true dynasty in my biased opinion.