San Diego Mariners

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San Diego Mariners
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City San Diego, California
League World Hockey Association
Operated 1974–1977
Home arena San Diego Sports Arena
Franchise history
1972–1973 New York Raiders
1973–1974 New York Golden Blades/Jersey Knights
1974–1977 San Diego Mariners

The San Diego Mariners were an ice hockey team based in San Diego that played in the World Hockey Association. They played from 1974 to 1977. Their home ice was San Diego Sports Arena.[1] Previous to being in San Diego, the team was known as the New York Raiders, New York Golden Blades, and Jersey Knights.

Star players for the Mariners included defenseman Harry Howell, center Andre Lacroix, and goaltender Ernie Wakely. The Mariners were coached by Howell (as player/coach) during their first season and Ron Ingram the succeeding two seasons, qualifying for the WHA playoffs each year.

During the Mariners' final season, the team was owned by then-San Diego Padres and McDonald's owner Ray Kroc. However, the team never drew well, and when they only managed to attract 5,000 fans per game, Kroc sold the team to a group who planned to move it to Melbourne, Florida. The new owners couldn't find a suitable arena.[2] They then sold the Mariners to former Philadelphia Flyers minority owner Bill Putnam, who changed the team's name to the Florida Breakers and announced they would play at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood, between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. [3] However, this deal collapsed as well, and the Blazers folded just before training camp opened in the fall of 1977. Fans who put down deposits for season tickets never got their money back.[4]

Team colors for the Mariners were orange and blue. The uniforms were the same design as the team wore as the New York Raiders and Jersey Knights, albeit with the jersey crest replaced with "SAN DIEGO" spelled out diagonally across the front. The color scheme was the same as it was for the San Diego Gulls of the old Western Hockey League. The color scheme was later again adopted in the form of throwback jerseys for the now defunct WCHL/ECHL San Diego Gulls.

Season-by-season record[edit]

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
1974–75 78 43 31 4 90 326 268 1058 2nd, Western Won Quarterfinals (Toros)
Lost Semifinals (Aeros)
1975–76 80 36 38 6 78 303 290 716 3rd, Western Won Preliminaries (Roadrunners)
Lost Quarterfinals (Aeros)
1976–77 81 40 37 4 84 284 283 834 3rd, Western Lost Quarterfinals (Jets)
Totals 239 119 106 14 252 913 841 2608

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Maffei, John (July 6, 2013). "Sports site No. 3: San Diego Sports Arena". U-T San Diego (San Diego, CA: MLIM Holdings). Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ History page at WHAHockey.com
  3. ^ "Breakers go looking for new team to buy". The Miami News. July 26, 1976. p. 2C. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ Seiden, Henry (May 2, 1977). "Pro hockey coming this way". The Miami News. p. 1A. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 

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