1973–74 California Golden Seals season

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1973–74 California Golden Seals
Division 8th West
1973–74 record 13-55-10
Goals for 195
Goals against 342
Team information
General Manager Fred Glover
Garry Young
Coach Fred Glover
Marshall Johnston
Captain Joey Johnston
Arena Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
Team leaders
Goals Joey Johnston (27)
Assists Joey Johnston (40)
Points Joey Johnston (67)
Penalties in minutes Bob Stewart (69)
Wins Gilles Meloche (9)
Goals against average Ted Tucker (3.39)
<1972–73 1974–75>

The 1973–74 California Golden Seals season was the Seals' seventh season in the NHL. With the continuing depletion of talent due to the World Hockey Association and a lack of interest from owner Charles O. Finley who put the team up for sale, the Seals had a miserable season and sank to a franchise low 36 points. In January 1974, the NHL bought the Seals from owner Charlie Finley for $6.585 million.[1] With the league takeover, the players immediately returned to wearing black skates. The Seals would conclude the season with the worst record in the league.[2]

Offseason[edit]

Amateur Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
3 34. Jeff Jacques  Canada St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
4 50. Ron Serafini  United States St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
5 66. Jim Moxey  Canada Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
6 82. Willie Trognitz  Canada Thunder Bay (Junior)
7 98. Paul Tantardini  Canada Downsview Beavers (OPJHL)
8 114. Bruce Greig  Canada Vancouver Nats (WCHL)
9 130. Larry Patey  Canada Braintree Hawks (NEnHL)
10 145. Doug Mahood  Canada Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
11 160. Angie Moretto  Canada University of Michigan (NCAA)

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

West Division[3]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Philadelphia Flyers 78 50 16 12 273 164 +109 112
2 Chicago Black Hawks 78 41 14 23 272 164 +108 105
3 Los Angeles Kings 78 33 33 12 233 231 +2 78
4 Atlanta Flames 78 30 34 14 214 238 -24 −24 74
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 28 41 9 242 273 -31 −31 65
6 St. Louis Blues 78 26 40 12 206 248 -42 −42 64
7 Minnesota North Stars 78 23 38 17 235 275 -40 −40 63
8 California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 195 342 -147 −147 36


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 1973 2–1 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 1–0–0
2 W October 12, 1973 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 2–0–0
3 L October 17, 1973 1–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 2–1–0
4 L October 20, 1973 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 2–2–0
5 L October 21, 1973 2–11 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 2–3–0
6 W October 24, 1973 7–3 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 3–3–0
7 L October 26, 1973 1–3 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 3–4–0
8 L October 28, 1973 1–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 3–5–0
9 L October 31, 1973 2–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 3–6–0
10 L November 1, 1973 2–7 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 3–7–0
11 L November 3, 1973 2–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 3–8–0
12 L November 4, 1973 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 3–9–0
13 T November 7, 1973 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 3–9–1
14 W November 9, 1973 6–3 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 4–9–1
15 L November 14, 1973 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 4–10–1
16 L November 16, 1973 1–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 4–11–1
17 W November 18, 1973 2–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 5–11–1
18 L November 21, 1973 0–3 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 5–12–1
19 L November 24, 1973 3–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 5–13–1
20 L November 25, 1973 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 5–14–1
21 W November 28, 1973 5–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 6–14–1
22 L December 1, 1973 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 6–15–1
23 L December 2, 1973 1–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 6–16–1
24 T December 5, 1973 3–3 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 6–16–2
25 W December 7, 1973 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 7–16–2
26 L December 9, 1973 3–6 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 7–17–2
27 L December 11, 1973 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 7–18–2
28 L December 12, 1973 1–9 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 7–19–2
29 T December 14, 1973 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 7–19–3
30 L December 16, 1973 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 7–20–3
31 L December 18, 1973 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 7–21–3
32 L December 19, 1973 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 7–22–3
33 T December 23, 1973 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 7–22–4
34 L December 26, 1973 4–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 7–23–4
35 T December 28, 1973 4–4 New York Islanders (1973–74) 7–23–5
36 L December 30, 1973 1–8 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 7–24–5
37 W January 2, 1974 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 8–24–5
38 L January 5, 1974 1–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 8–25–5
39 L January 6, 1974 4–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 8–26–5
40 W January 9, 1974 8–6 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 9–26–5
41 L January 11, 1974 2–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 9–27–5
42 L January 13, 1974 2–7 New York Rangers (1973–74) 9–28–5
43 T January 16, 1974 5–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 9–28–6
44 L January 18, 1974 2–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 9–29–6
45 L January 20, 1974 4–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 9–30–6
46 L January 22, 1974 3–4 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 9–31–6
47 L January 23, 1974 2–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 9–32–6
48 L January 25, 1974 0–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 9–33–6
49 T January 27, 1974 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 9–33–7
50 L January 30, 1974 4–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 9–34–7
51 L January 31, 1974 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 9–35–7
52 L February 2, 1974 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 9–36–7
53 W February 3, 1974 4–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 10–36–7
54 W February 6, 1974 4–2 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 11–36–7
55 L February 8, 1974 2–7 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 11–37–7
56 L February 13, 1974 6–9 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 11–38–7
57 L February 16, 1974 3–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 11–39–7
58 L February 17, 1974 1–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 11–40–7
59 L February 20, 1974 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 11–41–7
60 L February 22, 1974 3–4 New York Rangers (1973–74) 11–42–7
61 T February 27, 1974 2–2 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 11–42–8
62 W March 2, 1974 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 12–42–8
63 L March 3, 1974 2–8 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 12–43–8
64 L March 5, 1974 1–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 12–44–8
65 T March 6, 1974 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 12–44–9
66 W March 10, 1974 6–2 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 13–44–9
67 L March 13, 1974 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 13–45–9
68 L March 15, 1974 1–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 13–46–9
69 L March 19, 1974 3–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 13–47–9
70 L March 21, 1974 3–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 13–48–9
71 L March 22, 1974 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 13–49–9
72 L March 24, 1974 1–7 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 13–50–9
73 T March 27, 1974 2–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 13–50–10
74 L March 29, 1974 3–4 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 13–51–10
75 L March 31, 1974 0–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 13–52–10
76 L April 2, 1974 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 13–53–10
77 L April 3, 1974 1–4 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 13–54–10
78 L April 5, 1974 2–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 13–55–10

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Joey Johnston 22 78 27 40 67 67 - - - - -
Ivan Boldirev 9 78 25 31 56 22 - - - - -
Walt McKechnie 8 63 23 29 52 14 - - - - -
Reggie Leach 7 78 22 24 46 34 - - - - -
Gary Croteau 18 76 14 21 35 16 - - - - -
Stan Gilbertson 15 76 18 12 30 39 - - - - -
Craig Patrick 14 59 10 20 30 17 - - - - -
Hilliard Graves 17 64 11 18 29 48 - - - - -
Morris Mott 20 77 9 17 26 33 - - - - -
Ted McAneeley 23 72 4 20 24 62 - - - - -
Marshall Johnston 2 50 2 16 18 24 - - - - -
Stan Weir 21 58 9 7 16 10 - - - - -
Pete Laframboise 24 65 7 7 14 14 - - - - -
Ray McKay 3 72 2 12 14 49 - - - - -
Ron Huston 11 23 3 10 13 0 - - - - -
Terry Murray 5 58 0 12 12 48 - - - - -
Brent Meeke 25 18 1 9 10 4 - - - - -
Rick Kessell 12 51 2 6 8 4 - - - - -
Bob Stewart 6 47 2 5 7 69 - - - - -
Paul Shakes 4 21 0 4 4 12 - - - - -
Barry Cummins 4 36 1 2 3 39 - - - - -
Del Hall 12 2 2 0 2 2 - - - - -
Lyle Bradley 15 4 1 0 1 2 - - - - -
Marv Edwards 1 14 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Gilles Meloche 27 47 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Hartland Monahan 17 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Larry Patey 17 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bruce Greig 28 1 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Gary Holt 17 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Dave Hrechkosy 19 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Wayne King 24 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Ron Serafini 2 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Gary Coalter 15 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Ted Tucker 30 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bob Champoux 28 17 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Ted Tucker 30 5 177 1 1 1 10 0 3.39 - - - - - - -.--
Marv Edwards 1 14 780 1 10 1 51 0 3.92 - - - - - - -.--
Gilles Meloche 27 47 2800 9 33 5 198 1 4.24 - - - - - - -.--
Bob Champoux 28 17 923 2 11 3 80 0 5.20 - - - - - - -.--

Transactions[edit]

The Seals were involved in the following transactions during the 1973–74 season:

Trades[edit]

May 11, 1973 To California Golden Seals
Gary Coalter
To New York Rangers
cash
June 10, 1973 To California Golden Seals
Ted Tucker
To Atlanta Flames
cash

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Ray McKay Buffalo Sabres Intra-league Draft (1973–06–12)
Rick Kessell Pittsburgh Penguins Intra-league Draft (1973–06–13)
Gary Holt Port Huron Wings (IHL) free agency (1973–09)
Dave Hrechkosy Rochester Americans (AHL) free agency (1973–09)
Bob Girard Amqui Aces (QSHL) free agency (1973–09)
Bob Champoux San Diego Gulls (WHL) free agency (1973–11)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Lyle Carter Minnesota North Stars Reverse Draft (1973–06–13)
Al Simmons San Diego Gulls (WHL) Reverse Draft (1973–06–13)
Jim Jones Chicago Cougars (WHA) free agency (1973–09)
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Playoffs[edit]

They didn't qualify for the playoffs

Roster[edit]

1973–1974 California Golden Seals Roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman, p.201-2, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  2. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman, p.169, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  3. ^ "1973-1974 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.