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Ottawa Nationals
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City Ottawa, Ontario
League World Hockey Association
Operated 1972–73
Home arena Ottawa Civic Centre
Franchise history
1972 to 1973 Ottawa Nationals
1973 playoffs Ontario Nationals
1973 to 1976 Toronto Toros
1976 to 1979 Birmingham Bulls

The Ottawa Nationals were a professional men's ice hockey team based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada that played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) during the 1972–73 WHA season.

The WHA had originally announced a franchise to Doug Michel for "Ontario", and there was some expectation that Hamilton would be the team's home, but the franchise was eventually placed in Ottawa. Nick Trbovich became majority owner before the season began, with Michel running hockey operations.

The Nationals were coached by Billy Harris and led on the ice by Wayne Carleton, who scored 42 goals and 92 points during the season.

Their home ice was the Ottawa Civic Centre, but the team was a flop at the box office, averaging about 3,000 fans per game. Before the season ended, the City of Ottawa demanded a payment of $100,000 to secure dates for the following season, and the team chose to leave the city, playing their home playoff games at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. During this playoff series, the team was referred to as the Ontario Nationals. After the end of the season, the team was sold to John F. Bassett and permanently moved to Toronto as the Toronto Toros.

March 1973 program

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1972–73 78 35 39 4 74 279 301 1067 4th, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals (New England)

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