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The 1975–76 WHA season was the fourth season of the now defunct World Hockey Association. After the Baltimore Blades and Chicago Cougars folded, the league stayed at 14 teams by adding the Cincinnati Stingers and Denver Spurs. In addition, Vancouver moved to Calgary and became the Cowboys. Midway through the season, the Spurs moved to Ottawa and became the Civics. Theoretically, fourteen teams would play 80 games each, but four of five Canadian Division teams played 81, due to the WHA's tiebreaker rule, while two teams (Minnesota and Denver/Ottawa) folded mid-season.

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Regular season

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Final standings

Canadian Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Winnipeg Jets 81 52 27 2 106 345 254 940
Quebec Nordiques 81 50 27 4 104 371 316 1654
Calgary Cowboys 80 41 35 4 86 307 282 1064
Edmonton Oilers 81 27 49 5 59 268 345 991
Toronto Toros 81 24 52 5 53 335 398 1099
Denver Spurs / Ottawa Civics+ 41 14 26 1 29 134 172 536

+team started season in Western Division when playing in Denver; transferred by league to Canadian Division shortly after moving to Ottawa.

Eastern Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Indianapolis Racers 80 35 39 6 76 245 247 1301
Cleveland Crusaders 80 35 40 5 75 273 279 1356
New England Whalers 80 33 40 7 73 255 290 1012
Cincinnati Stingers 80 35 44 1 71 285 340 1344
Western Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Houston Aeros 80 53 27 0 106 341 263 1093
Phoenix Roadrunners 80 39 35 6 84 302 287 1292
San Diego Mariners 80 36 38 6 78 303 290 716
Minnesota Fighting Saints 59 30 25 4 64 211 212 1354

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Marc Tardif Qbc 81 71 77 148
Bobby Hull Wpg 80 53 70 123
Real Cloutier Qbc 80 60 54 114
Ulf Nilsson Wpg 78 38 76 114
Robbie Ftorek Phx 80 41 72 113
Chris Bordeleau Qbc 74 37 72 109
Anders Hedberg Wpg 76 50 55 105
Rejean Houle Qbc 81 51 52 103
Serge Bernier Qbc 70 34 68 102
Gordie Howe Hou 78 32 70 102

All-Star game

Avco World Trophy playoffs

Preliminary round

  • New England 3 Cleveland 0
  • San Diego 3 Phoenix 2

Quarterfinals

  • Winnipeg 4 Edmonton 0
  • Calgary 4 Quebec 1
  • New England 4 Indianapolis 3
  • Houston 4 San Diego 2

Semifinals

  • Winnipeg 4 Calgary 1
  • Houston 4 New England 3

Avco World Trophy finals

  • Winnipeg 4 Houston 0

WHA awards

Avco World Trophy: Winnipeg Jets
Gordie Howe Trophy: Marc Tardif
Bill Hunter Trophy: Marc Tardif
Lou Kaplan Trophy: Mark Napier
Ben Hatskin Trophy: Michel Dion
Dennis A. Murphy Trophy: Paul Shmyr
Paul Deneau Trophy: Vaclav Nedomansky
Howard Baldwin Trophy: Bobby Kromm
WHA Playoff MVP: Ulf Nilsson

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References


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