List of WHA Seasons
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List of WHA Seasons

The World Hockey Association (WHA) operated for seven seasons from 1972 until 1979.

Season Teams Avco Cup Champion
1972-73 Eastern:
Cleveland Crusaders o New England Whalers o New York Raiders o Ottawa Nationals o Philadelphia Blazers o Quebec Nordiques
Western:
Alberta Oilers o Chicago Cougars o Houston Aeros o Los Angeles Sharks o Minnesota Fighting Saints o Winnipeg Jets
New England Whalers
1973-74 Eastern:
Chicago Cougars o Cleveland Crusaders o New England Whalers o NY Golden Blades / NJ Knights o Quebec Nordiques o Toronto Toros
Western:
Edmonton Oilers o Houston Aeros o Los Angeles Sharks o Minnesota Fighting Saints o Vancouver Blazers o Winnipeg Jets
  • New York Raiders renamed New York Golden Blades, which were then renamed New Jersey Knights midseason.
  • Ottawa Nationals relocated to Toronto as the Toros.
  • Philadelphia Blazers relocated to Vancouver, switching divisions with Chicago Cougars.
  • Alberta Oilers renamed Edmonton Oilers, having dropped playing some home games in Calgary.
Houston Aeros
1974-75 Canadian:
Edmonton Oilers o Quebec Nordiques o Toronto Toros o Vancouver Blazers o Winnipeg Jets
Eastern:
Cleveland Crusaders o Chicago Cougars o Indianapolis Racers o New England Whalers
Western:
Houston Aeros o Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades o Minnesota Fighting Saints o Phoenix Roadrunners o San Diego Mariners
  • Two expansion teams, Indianapolis Racers (in the Eastern Division) and Phoenix Roadrunners (in the Western Division), are added.
  • The Canadian Division is created, as Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg moved in from the Western Division while Quebec and Toronto moved in from the Eastern Division.
  • Los Angeles Sharks relocated to Detroit as the Michigan Stags, which relocated to Baltimore as the Blades midseason.
  • New Jersey Knights moved to San Diego as the Mariners.
  • New England relocated to Hartford
Houston Aeros
1975-76 Canadian:
Calgary Cowboys o Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics o Edmonton Oilers o Toronto Toros o Quebec Nordiques o Winnipeg Jets
Eastern:
Cleveland Crusaders o Cincinnati Stingers o Indianapolis Racers o New England Whalers
Western:
Houston Aeros o Minnesota Fighting Saints o Phoenix Roadrunners o San Diego Mariners
  • Baltimore Blades and Chicago Cougars folded.
  • Two expansion teams, Cincinnati Stingers (in the Eastern Division) and Denver Spurs (in the Western Division), are added.
  • Also halfway through the season, Denver moved to Ottawa as the Civics (moving to the Canadian Division), which folded later on.
  • Vancouver Blazers relocated to Calgary as the Cowboys.
Winnipeg Jets
1976-77 Eastern:
Birmingham Bulls o Cincinnati Stingers o Indianapolis Racers o Minnesota Fighting Saints o New England Whalers o Quebec Nordiques
Western:
Calgary Cowboys o Edmonton Oilers o Houston Aeros o Phoenix Roadrunners o San Diego Mariners o Winnipeg Jets
  • The Canadian Division ceased to exist as Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg rejoined the Western Division while Toronto (relocated to Birmingham as the Bulls) and Quebec rejoined the Eastern Division.
  • The first Minnesota Fighting Saints are folded, but the Cleveland Crusaders relocate to Minnesota as the second Fighting Saints, still remaining in the Eastern Division,;they also folded midseason.
Quebec Nordiques
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls o Cincinnati Stingers o Edmonton Oilers o Houston Aeros o Indianapolis Racers o New England Whalers o Quebec Nordiques o Winnipeg Jets
  • Both divisions ceased to exist as Calgary, Phoenix, and San Diego fold; the league realigned into a single table.

Two international all-star teams, the Soviet All-Stars and Czechoslovakia All-Stars, play a limited schedule.

Winnipeg Jets
1978-79 Birmingham Bulls o Cincinnati Stingers o Edmonton Oilers o Indianapolis Racers o New England Whalers o Quebec Nordiques o Winnipeg Jets
  • Houston Aeros folded.
  • Indianapolis Racers folded midseason.
  • The Finnish National Team played one regular season game in the league, losing to the Edmonton Oilers.
Winnipeg Jets

The WHA ceased operations after the 1978-79 season. As part of the NHL-WHA merger, four WHA franchises moved to the National Hockey League for the 1979-80 NHL season: Edmonton, New England (renamed Hartford Whalers), Quebec, and Winnipeg. The other two WHA-enfranchised teams, Birmingham and Cincinnati, folded.

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