1974–75 New England Whalers season

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1974–75 New England Whalers
Division 1st East
1974–75 record 43–30–5
Goals for 274
Goals against 279
Team information
General Manager Jack Kelley
Coach Ron Ryan
Captain Ted Green
Team leaders
<1973–74 1975–76>

The 1974–75 New England Whalers season was the Whalers' third season of play. It was also the first season the franchise played in Hartford, Connecticut

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
New England Whalers 78 43 30 5 91 274 279 867
Cleveland Crusaders 78 35 40 3 73 236 258 1273
Chicago Cougars 78 30 47 1 61 261 312 1086
Indianapolis Racers 78 18 57 3 39 216 338 970

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 15, 1974 2–6 @ Toronto Toros (1974–75) 0–1–0
2 W October 19, 1974 2–1 OT Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 1–1–0
3 W October 23, 1974 5–4 Houston Aeros (1974–75) 2–1–0
4 W October 26, 1974 6–1 Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 3–1–0
5 W October 30, 1974 5–2 Toronto Toros (1974–75) 4–1–0
6 W October 31, 1974 6–1 @ Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 5–1–0
7 W November 2, 1974 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 6–1–0
8 W November 8, 1974 3–0 San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 7–1–0
9 L November 9, 1974 2–4 Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 7–2–0
10 L November 12, 1974 1–6 @ Houston Aeros (1974–75) 7–3–0
11 W November 14, 1974 7–2 @ San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 8–3–0
12 L November 16, 1974 3–6 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 8–4–0
13 W November 17, 1974 6–1 @ Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 9–4–0
14 W November 19, 1974 5–4 @ Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 10–4–0
15 W November 21, 1974 4–0 @ Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 11–4–0
16 W November 23, 1974 3–2 Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 12–4–0
17 W November 24, 1974 9–5 @ Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 13–4–0
18 W November 26, 1974 5–4 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 14–4–0
19 L November 29, 1974 1–5 @ Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 14–5–0
20 L December 1, 1974 4–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 14–6–0
21 L December 3, 1974 1–2 @ Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 14–7–0
22 W December 4, 1974 3–2 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1974–75) 15–7–0
23 L December 5, 1974 1–9 @ Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 15–8–0
24 W December 7, 1974 6–3 Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 16–8–0
25 W December 11, 1974 3–1 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 17–8–0
26 W December 14, 1974 9–4 Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 18–8–0
27 W December 15, 1974 4–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 19–8–0
28 T December 17, 1974 2–2 @ Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 19–8–1
29 L December 20, 1974 0–3 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1974–75) 19–9–1
30 L December 21, 1974 3–5 Houston Aeros (1974–75) 19–10–1
31 L December 22, 1974 1–2 @ Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 19–11–1
32 L December 27, 1974 3–6 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 19–12–1
33 L December 28, 1974 1–6 @ Houston Aeros (1974–75) 19–13–1
34 W January 3, 1975 5–3 @ Toronto Toros (1974–75) 20–13–1
35 W January 4, 1975 4–3 OT Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 21–13–1
36 L January 5, 1975 3–9 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 21–14–1
37 L January 7, 1975 3–5 @ San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 21–15–1
38 T January 9, 1975 1–1 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 21–15–2
39 W January 11, 1975 4–3 OT San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 22–15–2
40 W January 15, 1975 7–5 Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 23–15–2
41 W January 17, 1975 2–1 Toronto Toros (1974–75) 24–15–2
42 L January 18, 1975 2–8 @ Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 24–16–2
43 L January 19, 1975 1–3 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 24–17–2
44 L January 24, 1975 1–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 24–18–2
45 L January 25, 1975 2–6 @ San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 24–19–2
46 W January 27, 1975 2–0 Cleveland Crusaders (1974–75) 25–19–2
47 W January 29, 1975 4–3 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 26–19–2
48 W January 31, 1975 4–2 Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades (1974–75) 27–19–2
49 W February 7, 1975 5–4 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 28–19–2
50 L February 8, 1975 1–4 @ Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 28–20–2
51 L February 9, 1975 1–5 @ Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 28–21–2
52 T February 12, 1975 2–2 Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 28–21–3
53 W February 14, 1975 4–3 OT Indianapolis Racers (1974–75) 29–21–3
54 L February 18, 1975 3–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 29–22–3
55 W February 21, 1975 4–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 30–22–3
56 W February 23, 1975 2–1 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 31–22–3
57 W February 25, 1975 3–2 Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 32–22–3
58 L February 26, 1975 3–4 Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 32–23–3
59 W February 27, 1975 5–2 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 33–23–3
60 T March 1, 1975 4–4 Cleveland Crusaders (1974–75) 33–23–4
61 W March 2, 1975 4–1 Vancouver Blazers (1974–75) 34–23–4
62 L March 5, 1975 3–5 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1974–75) 34–24–4
63 W March 8, 1975 5–4 @ Houston Aeros (1974–75) 35–24–4
64 W March 11, 1975 6–2 Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 36–24–4
65 T March 13, 1975 5–5 Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 36–24–5
66 W March 15, 1975 6–2 Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 37–24–5
67 W March 16, 1975 7–5 Toronto Toros (1974–75) 38–24–5
68 L March 19, 1975 1–6 San Diego Mariners (1974–75) 38–25–5
69 L March 21, 1975 3–6 Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 38–26–5
70 L March 22, 1975 3–5 Houston Aeros (1974–75) 38–27–5
71 W March 25, 1975 5–4 Edmonton Oilers (1974–75) 39–27–5
72 W March 27, 1975 5–3 Cleveland Crusaders (1974–75) 40–27–5
73 L March 29, 1975 3–9 Winnipeg Jets (1974–75) 40–28–5
74 W March 30, 1975 4–3 @ Toronto Toros (1974–75) 41–28–5
75 W April 1, 1975 5–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–75) 42–28–5
76 W April 3, 1975 4–1 Quebec Nordiques (1974–75) 43–28–5
77 L April 4, 1975 1–3 @ Chicago Cougars (1974–75) 43–29–5
78 L April 5, 1975 2–5 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1974–75) 43–30–5

Playoffs[edit]

The Whalers faced the Minnesota Fighting Saints in the 1975 playoffs. Game One took place at the Hartford Civic Center on April 9 and was a high-scoring affair as the Saints won 6-5.

Game Two at Hartford on April 11 went to overtime and the Whalers won in the extra period 3-2. The game was famous for a huge brawl early in the second period that involved both benches and lasted nearly five full minutes; the primary fighters were Nick Fotiu, Bill Butters, and Jack Carlson that raged on the ice and even in the penalty boxes.[1]

Game Three in Minnesota took place on April 13 and was a Saints runaway by an 8-3 score.

Game Four in Minnesota on April 15 saw the Whalers tie the series with a 5-2 game win.

The series returned to Hartford on April 18 but the Saints all but ended it with a 4-0 shutout.

The Saints won the series at Minnesota with a 6-1 win in Game Six on April 19.

Player statistics[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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