1972–73 California Golden Seals season

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1972–73 California Golden Seals
Division 8th West
1972–73 record 16–46–16
Goals for 213
Goals against 323
Team information
General Manager Garry Young
Fred Glover
Coach Garry Young
Fred Glover
Captain Bert Marshall
Joey Johnston
Arena Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
Team leaders
Goals Joey Johnston (28)
Assists Walt McKechnie (38)
Points Walt McKechnie (54)
Penalties in minutes Bob Stewart (181)
Wins Gilles Meloche (12)
Goals against average Gilles Meloche (4.06)

The 1972–73 California Golden Seals season was the California Golden Seals' sixth season in the NHL. The Seals were hit particularly hard by defections to the new World Hockey Association, dropping 12 points from the previous year and returning to the basement of the West Division. The Seals had the worst record in the National Hockey League with a 13–55–10 record.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Amateur Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
2 22. Tom Cassidy  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
2 28. Stan Weir  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
3 38. Paul Shakes  Canada St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
4 54. Claude St. Sauveur  Canada Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
5 70. Tim Jacobs  Canada St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
6 86. Jacques Lefebvre  Canada Shawinigan Bruins (QMJHL)
7 102. Mike Amodeo  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)
8 118. Brent Meeke  Canada Niagara Falls Flyers (OHA)
9 134. Denis Meloche  Canada Drummondville Rangers (QMJHL)

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

West Division[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Chicago Black Hawks 78 42 27 9 284 225 +59 93
2 Philadelphia Flyers 78 37 30 11 296 256 +40 85
3 Minnesota North Stars 78 37 30 11 254 230 +24 85
4 St. Louis Blues 78 32 34 12 233 251 −18 76
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 78 32 37 9 257 265 −8 73
6 Los Angeles Kings 78 31 36 11 232 245 −13 73
7 Atlanta Flames 78 25 38 15 191 239 −48 65
8 California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 213 323 −110 48


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 7, 1972 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 0–1–0
2 L October 11, 1972 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 0–2–0
3 L October 14, 1972 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 0–3–0
4 W October 15, 1972 4–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 1–3–0
5 T October 20, 1972 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 1–3–1
6 L October 22, 1972 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 1–4–1
7 L October 24, 1972 0–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 1–5–1
8 L October 25, 1972 3–4 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 1–6–1
9 W October 27, 1972 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 2–6–1
10 L November 1, 1972 2–6 New York Islanders (1972–73) 2–7–1
11 T November 3, 1972 6–6 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 2–7–2
12 T November 5, 1972 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 2–7–3
13 L November 8, 1972 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 2–8–3
14 T November 9, 1972 0–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 2–8–4
15 L November 11, 1972 2–7 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 2–9–4
16 L November 12, 1972 3–8 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 2–10–4
17 L November 15, 1972 0–4 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 2–11–4
18 W November 17, 1972 5–1 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 3–11–4
19 L November 21, 1972 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 3–12–4
20 L November 23, 1972 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 3–13–4
21 L November 25, 1972 0–11 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 3–14–4
22 W November 26, 1972 6–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 4–14–4
23 L November 29, 1972 1–2 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 4–15–4
24 T December 1, 1972 3–3 New York Rangers (1972–73) 4–15–5
25 T December 6, 1972 4–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 4–15–6
26 L December 9, 1972 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 4–16–6
27 L December 10, 1972 4–8 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 4–17–6
28 T December 13, 1972 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 4–17–7
29 L December 15, 1972 4–9 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 4–18–7
30 L December 16, 1972 3–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 4–19–7
31 L December 20, 1972 2–5 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 4–20–7
32 W December 22, 1972 4–2 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 5–20–7
33 L December 24, 1972 3–5 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 5–21–7
34 L December 26, 1972 3–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 5–22–7
35 T December 27, 1972 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 5–22–8
36 W December 29, 1972 5–2 New York Islanders (1972–73) 6–22–8
37 W January 3, 1973 11–3 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 7–22–8
38 L January 6, 1973 0–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 7–23–8
39 L January 7, 1973 0–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 7–24–8
40 W January 10, 1973 6–5 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 8–24–8
41 T January 12, 1973 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 8–24–9
42 T January 14, 1973 6–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 8–24–10
43 T January 17, 1973 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 8–24–11
44 L January 19, 1973 0–6 New York Rangers (1972–73) 8–25–11
45 L January 21, 1973 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 8–26–11
46 L January 23, 1973 1–8 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 8–27–11
47 W January 24, 1973 5–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 9–27–11
48 T January 26, 1973 1–1 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 9–27–12
49 L January 28, 1973 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 9–28–12
50 L January 31, 1973 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 9–29–12
51 L February 1, 1973 4–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 9–30–12
52 L February 3, 1973 1–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 9–31–12
53 L February 4, 1973 1–6 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 9–32–12
54 L February 7, 1973 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 9–33–12
55 L February 8, 1973 0–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 9–34–12
56 L February 10, 1973 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 9–35–12
57 L February 11, 1973 1–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 9–36–12
58 T February 14, 1973 3–3 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 9–36–13
59 T February 16, 1973 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 9–36–14
60 L February 18, 1973 2–4 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 9–37–14
61 L February 21, 1973 2–6 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 9–38–14
62 W February 23, 1973 5–3 New York Rangers (1972–73) 10–38–14
63 L February 25, 1973 0–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 10–39–14
64 L February 28, 1973 3–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 10–40–14
65 W March 3, 1973 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 11–40–14
66 L March 4, 1973 2–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 11–41–14
67 T March 7, 1973 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 11–41–15
68 L March 10, 1973 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 11–42–15
69 L March 11, 1973 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 11–43–15
70 L March 14, 1973 2–5 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 11–44–15
71 T March 16, 1973 5–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 11–44–16
72 W March 18, 1973 2–0 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 12–44–16
73 L March 20, 1973 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1972–73) 12–45–16
74 L March 21, 1973 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 12–46–16
75 W March 23, 1973 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 13–46–16
76 W March 25, 1973 8–5 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 14–46–16
77 W March 28, 1973 3–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 15–46–16
78 W March 30, 1973 3–1 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 16–46–16

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
Walt McKechnie 8 78 16 38 54 58
Hilliard Graves 17 75 27 25 52 34
Joey Johnston 22 71 28 21 49 62
Craig Patrick 14 71 20 22 42 6
Pete Laframboise 24 77 16 25 41 26
Stan Weir 21 78 15 24 39 16
Reggie Leach 7 76 23 12 35 45
Ivan Boldirev 9 56 11 23 34 58
Rick Smith 5 64 9 24 33 77
Marshall Johnston 2 78 10 20 30 14
Darryl Maggs 4 54 7 15 22 46
Gary Croteau 18 47 6 15 21 8
Stan Gilbertson 15 66 6 15 21 19
Bob Stewart 6 63 4 17 21 181
Ted McAneeley 23 77 4 13 17 75
Dick Redmond 4 24 3 13 16 22
Morris Mott 20 70 6 7 13 8
Bert Marshall 19 55 2 6 8 71
Terry Murray 26 23 0 3 3 4
Gilles Meloche 27 59 0 2 2 4
Marv Edwards 1 21 0 1 1 6
Pete Vipond 15 2 0 0 0 0
Brent Meeke 25 3 0 0 0 0
Del Hall 12 6 0 0 0 0

†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Seals. Stats reflect time with the Seals only. ‡Traded mid-season

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
Gilles Meloche 27 59 3473 12 32 14 235 1 4.06 -.--
Marv Edwards 1 21 1207 4 14 2 87 1 4.32 -.--

Transactions[edit]

The Seals were involved in the following transactions during the 1972–73 season:

Trades[edit]

June, 1972 To California Golden Seals
Barry Cummins
To Portland Buckaroos (WHL)
$15,000
December 5, 1972 To California Golden Seals
Darryl Maggs
To Chicago Black Hawks
Dick Redmond
rights to Bobby Sheehan
March 4, 1973 To California Golden Seals
cash
future considerations
(Dave Hrechkosy
& Gary Coalter;
May 17, 1973)
To New York Rangers
Bert Marshall

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Marv Edwards Toronto Maple Leafs Reverse Draft (1972–06–08)
Ron Huston Spokane Jets (WIHL) free agency (1972–09)
Morris Mott Queen's University (OUAA) free agency (1972–10–01)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Ernie Hicke Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft (1972–06–06)
Norm Ferguson New York Islanders Expansion Draft (1972–06–06)
Frank Hughes Atlanta Flames Expansion Draft (1972–06–06)
Ken Baird Alberta Oilers (WHA) free agency
Gary Jarrett Cleveland Crusaders (WHA) free agency
Gary Kurt New York Raiders (WHA) free agency
Gerry Pinder Cleveland Crusaders (WHA) free agency
Bobby Sheehan New York Raiders (WHA) free agency
Paul Shmyr Cleveland Crusaders (WHA) free agency
Tom Webster New England Whalers (WHA) free agency
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Playoffs[edit]

The Seals did not qualify for the playoffs

Roster[edit]

1972–1973 California Golden Seals Roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ "1972–1973 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.