National Lacrosse League (1974–75)
|No. of teams||6|
|Countries||United States; Canada|
Originally conceived by hockey owners as a means to fill their arenas in the summer months, the league was not very successful, with only Philadelphia and Montreal drawing sizeable crowds. The league folded in 1976 after the demise of several franchises and the inability of the Montreal franchise to play home games in 1976 because of the Summer Olympics.
Like the current NLL, the majority of the league's players were from Canada.
Besides featuring NHL players such as Rick Dudley (Rochester) and Doug Favell (Philadelphia), the league also included Bruce Arena (Montreal)—who went on to greater fame as the head coach of the United States men's national soccer team.
The type of play during this short-early lived era of the NLL was a faster paced game, played more like an NHL style as opposed to the basketball style of the current league. Equipment differences include no face guards and wooden sticks. The 1976 season was cancelled due to three of the six teams going bankrupt and the Montreal team having to go two months without a home game because the 1976 Olympics would be using the Montreal Forum for boxing. After the 1975 season, there would not be another professional lacrosse league in North America until the birth of the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League in January 1987.
- Maryland Arrows (1974-1975)
- Montreal Quebecois (1974-1975)
- Philadelphia Wings (1974-1975) 1
- Rochester Griffins (1974)/Long Island Tomahawks (1975) 2
- Syracuse Stingers (1974)/Quebec Caribous (1975)
- Toronto Tomahawks (1974) 2/Boston Bolts (1975)
- 1The Philadelphia Wings in this league are not related to the modern Philadelphia Wings of the modern National Lacrosse League.
- 2The 1974 Toronto team and the 1975 Long Island team had the same name (Tomahawks), but they were separate franchises.
|1974||Rochester Griffins||Philadelphia Wings||4-2|
|1975||Quebec Caribous||Montreal Québécois||4-2|
|Long Island Tomahawks||31||17||0||.646||-||802||702||62|
Top Ten Scorers
|Doug Hayes||Long Island||48||104||126||230||52|
|John Grant, Sr.||Philadelphia||47||64||134||198||52|
|Jim J. J. Johnston||Long Island||38||79||87||166||26|
|Jan Magee||Long Island||47||57||103||160||49|
|*Bold indicates leader in category|
- "1974 and 1975 NLL Pro Stats". Power's Bible of Lacrosse. Archived from the original on March 14, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
- "National Lacrosse League History". Major League Sports Almanac. Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
- 1974–1975 National Lacrosse League film page at Lax-TV.com