1974–75 Washington Capitals season

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1974–75 Washington Capitals
Division 5th Norris
Conference 9th Wales
1974–75 record 8–67–5
Home record 7–28–5
Road record 1–39–0
Goals for 181
Goals against 446
Team information
General Manager Milt Schmidt
Coach Jim Anderson
Red Sullivan
Milt Schmidt
Captain Doug Mohns
Team leaders
Goals Tom Williams (22)
Assists Tom Williams (36)
Points Tom Williams (58)
Penalties in minutes Yvon Labre (182)
Wins Ron Low (8)
Goals against average Michel Belhumeur (5.36)

The 1974–75 Washington Capitals season was the first in Capitals history. Along with the Kansas City Scouts, the Capitals joined the National Hockey League as an expansion team for the 1974–75 season. The team was owned by Abe Pollin, owner of the NBA's Washington Bullets. Pollin had built the Capital Centre in suburban Landover, Maryland, to house both the Bullets (who formerly played in Baltimore) and the Capitals. His first act as owner was to hire Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt as general manager.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 1 Greg Joly (D)  Canada Regina Pats (WCHL)

Expansion Draft[edit]

# Player Drafted From Drafted By
2. Ron Low (G) Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals
4. Michel Belhumeur (G) Philadelphia Flyers Washington Capitals
6. Dave Kryskow (F) Chicago Black Hawks Washington Capitals
8. Yvon Labre (D) Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals
10. Pete Laframboise (LW) California Golden Seals Washington Capitals
12. Bob Gryp (F) Boston Bruins Washington Capitals
14. Gord Smith (D) Los Angeles Kings Washington Capitals
16. Steve Atkinson (RW) Buffalo Sabres Washington Capitals
18. Bruce Cowick (F) Philadelphia Flyers Washington Capitals
20. Denis Dupere (LW) Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals
22. Joe Lundrigan (D) Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals
24. Randy Wyrozub (C) Buffalo Sabres Washington Capitals
26. Mike Bloom (C) Boston Bruins Washington Capitals
28. Gord Brooks (RW) St. Louis Blues Washington Capitals
30. Bob Collyard (C) St. Louis Blues Washington Capitals
32. Bill Mikkelson (D) New York Islanders Washington Capitals
34. Ron Anderson (RW) Boston Bruins Washington Capitals
36. Mike Lampman (LW) Vancouver Canucks Washington Capitals
38. Lew Morrison (RW) Atlanta Flames Washington Capitals
40. Steve West (C) Minnesota North Stars Washington Capitals
42. Larry Bolonchuk (D) Vancouver Canucks Washington Capitals
44. Murray Anderson (D) Minnesota North Stars Washington Capitals
46. Larry Fullan (LW) Montreal Canadiens Washington Capitals
48. Jack Egers (RW) New York Rangers Washington Capitals

Regular season[edit]

Along with the Kansas City Scouts, the Capitals joined the NHL as an expansion team for the 1974–75 season. With a combined 30 teams between the NHL and the rival World Hockey Association, the talent pool available to stock the new teams was extremely thin. In their first season, the Capitals would set an NHL record for futility, losing 67 of 80 games, and only winning one on the road. The Scouts fared only marginally better, and the expansion was widely seen as having been a mistake.

The Capitals' inaugural season was dreadful, even by expansion standards. They finished 8–67–5, which is the worst record in NHL history.[1] Their 21 points were half that of their expansion brethren, the Scouts. They won only eight games, the fewest ever by a team playing at least 70 games. Their .131 winning percentage is still the worst in NHL history. They also set records for most road losses (39 out of 40), most consecutive road losses (37) and most consecutive losses (17), most of which have now been broken. Schmidt himself had to take over the coaching reins late in the season.

On an interesting note, of Washington's eight wins, seven of them were decided by two goals or more.

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division[2]
GP W L T GF GA DIFF Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 80 47 14 19 374 225 +149 113
2 Los Angeles Kings 80 42 17 21 269 185 +84 105
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 80 37 28 15 326 289 +37 89
4 Detroit Red Wings 80 23 45 12 259 335 −76 58
5 Washington Capitals 80 8 67 5 181 446 −265 21


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 9, 1974 3–6 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 0–1–0
2 L October 12, 1974 0–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 0–2–0
3 T October 15, 1974 1–1 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 0–2–1
4 W October 17, 1974 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 1–2–1
5 L October 19, 1974 4–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 1–3–1
6 L October 20, 1974 0–5 New York Islanders (1974–75) 1–4–1
7 L October 22, 1974 0–3 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 1–5–1
8 L October 23, 1974 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 1–6–1
9 L October 27, 1974 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 1–7–1
10 L October 31, 1974 0–3 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 1–8–1
11 L November 3, 1974 4–5 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 1–9–1
12 L November 7, 1974 4–10 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 1–10–1
13 L November 9, 1974 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 1–11–1
14 L November 10, 1974 1–11 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 1–12–1
15 T November 12, 1974 2–2 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 1–12–2
16 L November 13, 1974 3–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 1–13–2
17 L November 16, 1974 1–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 1–14–2
18 L November 17, 1974 0–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 1–15–2
19 W November 19, 1974 6–4 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 2–15–2
20 L November 20, 1974 3–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 2–16–2
21 T November 24, 1974 4–4 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 2–16–3
22 L November 27, 1974 4–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 2–17–3
23 L November 30, 1974 1–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 2–18–3
24 L December 1, 1974 2–5 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 2–19–3
25 L December 3, 1974 3–5 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 2–20–3
26 L December 5, 1974 2–9 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 2–21–3
27 L December 7, 1974 2–8 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 2–22–3
28 L December 8, 1974 1–3 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 2–23–3
29 T December 12, 1974 6–6 New York Rangers (1974–75) 2–23–4
30 L December 14, 1974 1–12 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 2–24–4
31 W December 15, 1974 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 3–24–4
32 L December 17, 1974 2–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 3–25–4
33 L December 19, 1974 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 3–26–4
34 L December 20, 1974 2–5 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 3–27–4
35 L December 22, 1974 0–4 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 3–28–4
36 L December 26, 1974 1–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 3–29–4
37 L December 29, 1974 0–7 New York Islanders (1974–75) 3–30–4
38 L January 2, 1975 2–5 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 3–31–4
39 L January 4, 1975 0–10 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 3–32–4
40 L January 5, 1975 0–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 3–33–4
41 T January 7, 1975 3–3 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 3–33–5
42 L January 11, 1975 3–5 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 3–34–5
43 L January 12, 1975 2–7 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 3–35–5
44 L January 14, 1975 2–6 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 3–36–5
45 L January 16, 1975 0–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 3–37–5
46 L January 19, 1975 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 3–38–5
47 L January 23, 1975 2–3 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 3–39–5
48 L January 25, 1975 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 3–40–5
49 W January 26, 1975 6–3 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 4–40–5
50 L January 30, 1975 4–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 4–41–5
51 L February 1, 1975 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 4–42–5
52 L February 5, 1975 1–5 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 4–43–5
53 L February 8, 1975 1–5 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 4–44–5
54 L February 9, 1975 3–7 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 4–45–5
55 W February 11, 1975 7–4 New York Rangers (1974–75) 5–45–5
56 L February 13, 1975 1–5 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 5–46–5
57 L February 15, 1975 1–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 5–47–5
58 W February 16, 1975 3–0 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 6–47–5
59 L February 18, 1975 1–6 Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 6–48–5
60 L February 21, 1975 4–9 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 6–49–5
61 L February 22, 1975 3–10 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 6–50–5
62 L February 23, 1975 2–7 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 6–51–5
63 L February 25, 1975 2–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 6–52–5
64 L February 26, 1975 1–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 6–53–5
65 L March 1, 1975 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 6–54–5
66 L March 2, 1975 3–7 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 6–55–5
67 L March 4, 1975 0–8 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 6–56–5
68 L March 7, 1975 4–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 6–57–5
69 L March 9, 1975 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 6–58–5
70 L March 15, 1975 1–12 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 6–59–5
71 L March 18, 1975 2–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 6–60–5
72 L March 20, 1975 1–5 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 6–61–5
73 L March 22, 1975 2–8 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 6–62–5
74 L March 23, 1975 0–5 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 6–63–5
75 L March 26, 1975 1–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1974–75) 6–64–5
76 W March 28, 1975 5–3 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 7–64–5
77 L March 30, 1975 5–8 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 7–65–5
78 L April 2, 1975 3–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 7–66–5
79 L April 5, 1975 2–10 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 7–67–5
80 W April 6, 1975 8–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 8–67–5


Playoffs[edit]

The Capitals had an appalling first season and did not qualify for the playoffs. They had the worst points percentage all-time in NHL post expansion history with a 0.131 win percentage average. In addition, they had the worst road record in NHL history.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Williams, TommyTommy Williams RW 73 22 36 58 12 -48 7 2 1
Dupere, DenisDenis Dupere LW 53 20 15 35 8 -41 8 0 0
Marson, MikeMike Marson LW 76 16 12 28 59 -65 5 0 2
Labre, YvonYvon Labre D 76 4 23 27 182 -54 0 0 0
Lalonde, RonRon Lalonde C 50 12 14 26 27 -39 4 1 1
Bloom, MikeMike Bloom LW 67 7 19 26 84 -54 0 0 0
Kryskow, DaveDave Kryskow LW 51 9 15 24 83 -28 1 1 0
Mohns, DougDoug Mohns LW/D 75 2 19 21 54 -52 1 0 0
Lesuk, BillBill Lesuk LW 79 8 11 19 77 -34 1 2 0
Gilbertson, StanStan Gilbertson LW 25 11 7 18 12 -37 2 0 1
Bailey, GarnetGarnet Bailey LW 22 4 13 17 8 -29 1 0 0
Anderson, RonRon Anderson RW 28 9 7 16 8 -20 4 0 0
Atkinson, SteveSteve Atkinson RW 46 11 4 15 8 -26 3 2 0
Laframboise, PetePete Laframboise LW/C 45 5 10 15 22 -37 0 0 0
Gryp, BobBob Gryp LW 27 5 8 13 21 -24 0 0 0
Cowick, BruceBruce Cowick LW 65 5 6 11 41 -42 0 0 0
Smith, GordGord Smith D 63 3 8 11 56 -56 2 0 0
Brooks, GordGord Brooks RW 38 1 10 11 25 -19 1 0 0
Pyatt, NelsonNelson Pyatt C 16 6 4 10 21 -14 0 0 1
Hrycuik, JimJim Hrycuik C 21 5 5 10 12 -12 1 0 0
Mikkelson, BillBill Mikkelson D 59 3 7 10 52 -82 3 0 0
Nicholson, PaulPaul Nicholson LW 39 4 5 9 7 -29 0 0 1
Joly, GregGreg Joly D 44 1 7 8 44 -68 1 0 0
Lynch, JackJack Lynch D 20 1 5 6 16 -54 0 0 0
Egers, JackJack Egers RW 14 3 2 5 8 -14 1 0 1
Morrison, LewLew Morrison RW 18 0 4 4 6 -14 0 0 0
Jones, RonRon Jones D 19 1 1 2 16 -14 1 0 0
Belhumeur, MichelMichel Belhumeur G 35 0 2 2 10 0 0 0 0
White, TonyTony White LW 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Brossart, WillieWillie Brossart D 12 1 0 1 14 -14 0 0 0
Fullan, LarryLarry Fullan LW 4 1 0 1 0 -2 1 0 0
Stewart, BlairBlair Stewart C 2 1 0 1 2 -2 0 0 0
Anderson, MurrayMurray Anderson D 40 0 1 1 68 -40 0 0 0
Adams, JohnJohn Adams G 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Low, RonRon Low G 48 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Lundrigan, JoeJoe Lundrigan D 3 0 0 0 2 -3 0 0 0
Peloffy, AndreAndre Peloffy C 9 0 0 0 0 -8 0 0 0
Riley, BillBill Riley RW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Seiling, RodRod Seiling D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Low, RonRon Low 2588 48 8 36 2 235 5.45 1
Adams, JohnJohn Adams 400 8 0 7 0 46 6.90 0
Belhumeur, MichelMichel Belhumeur 1812 35 0 24 3 162 5.36 0
Team: 4800 80 8 67 5 443 5.54 1

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts;

Roster[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL History: The 10 Worst Teams of All Time". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  2. ^ "1974-1975 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League. 
  3. ^ "1974-75 Washington Capitals Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02.