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1972–73 New York Islanders · NHL
Division 8th East
1972–73 record 12–60–2
Goals for 170
Goals against 347
Coach Phil Goyette, Earl Ingarfield, Sr.
Captain Ed Westfall
Team leaders
Goals Billy Harris (28)
Assists Ed Westfall (31)
Points Billy Harris (50)
Penalties in minutes Gerry Hart (158)
Wins Billy Smith (7)
Goals against average Billy Smith (4.16)

The 1972-73 New York Islanders season was the first season in the franchise's history. At the beginning of 1972, Gordie Howe was offered the job as first head coach of the New York Islanders, but turned it down.[1] The Islanders were coached by Phil Goyette (6-38-4) and Earl Ingarfield (6-22-2).

OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

See also: 1972 NHL Amateur Draft
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 1. Billy Harris Flag of Canada.svg Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
[2]

NHL Expansion DraftEdit

# Player Drafted From Drafted By
2. Gerry Desjardins (G) Chicago Black Hawks New York Islanders
4. Billy Smith (G) Los Angeles Kings New York Islanders
5. Bart Crashley (D) Montreal Canadiens New York Islanders
7. Dave Hudson (C) Chicago Black Hawks New York Islanders
9. Ed Westfall (RW) Boston Bruins New York Islanders
11. Gary Peters (C) Boston Bruins New York Islanders
13. Larry Hornung (D) St. Louis Blues New York Islanders
15. Bryan Lefley (D) New York Rangers New York Islanders
17. Brian Spencer (LW) Toronto Maple Leafs New York Islanders
19. Terry Crisp (C) St. Louis Blues New York Islanders
21. Ted Hampson (C) Minnesota North Stars New York Islanders
23. Gerry Hart (D) Detroit Red Wings New York Islanders
25. John Schella (D) Vancouver Canucks New York Islanders
27. Bill Mikkelson (D) Los Angeles Kings New York Islanders
29. Craig Cameron (RW) Minnesota North Stars New York Islanders
31. Tom Miller (C) Toronto Maple Leafs New York Islanders
33. Brian Marchinko (C) Buffalo Sabres New York Islanders
35. Ted Taylor (LW) Vancouver Canucks New York Islanders
37. Norm Ferguson (RW) California Golden Seals New York Islanders
39. Jim Mair (D) Philadelphia Flyers New York Islanders
41. Ken Murray (D) Buffalo Sabres New York Islanders

Regular seasonEdit

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The New York Islanders's first logo

With the impending start of the World Hockey Association in the fall of 1972, the upstart league had plans to place its New York team in the brand-new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Nassau County, New York. However, Nassau County officials did not consider the WHA a professional league and wanted nothing to do with the upstart New York Raiders. The only legal way to keep the Raiders out of the Coliseum was to get an NHL team to play there, so William Shea, who had helped bring the New York Mets to the area a decade earlier, was pressed into service once again. Shea found a receptive ear in league president Clarence Campbell, who did not want the additional competition in the New York area. So, despite having expanded to 14 teams just two years before, the NHL hastily awarded a Long Island-based franchise to clothing manufacturer Roy Boe, owner of the American Basketball Association's New York Nets. A second expansion franchise was awarded to Atlanta (the Flames) at the same time to balance the schedule. The new team was widely expected to take the Long Island Ducks name used by an Eastern Hockey League franchise; the more geographically expansive "New York Islanders" came largely as a surprise.

The fledgling Islanders, who were soon nicknamed the Isles by the local newspapers, had an extra burden to pay in the form of a $4 million territorial fee to the nearby New York Rangers. True to their name, the New York Islanders officially represent New York (city and state), with their nickname and logo denoting their current arena location and fan heartbed; but their support has also naturally come from the boroughs, upsate, Connecticut, and elsewhere in the metro area. This geographical backdrop set the stage for one of the NHL's fiercest and most celebrated regional rivalries.

While the Islanders secured veteran forward Ed Westfall from the Boston Bruins in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft, junior league star Billy Harris in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft, and a few other respectable players, several other draftees jumped to the WHA. Unlike most other expansion teams' general managers, Islanders' GM Bill Torrey didn't make many trades for veteran players in the early years. Rather than pursue a "win now" strategy of getting a few veterans to boost attendance (a tactic which proved disastrous for many teams in the long run), Torrey was committed to building through the draft.

In the team's first season, young players such as goaltender Billy Smith (the team's second pick in the expansion draft) and forwards Bob Nystrom and Lorne Henning were given chances to prove themselves in the NHL. However, this young and inexperienced expansion team posted a record of 12–60–6, one of the worst in NHL history.

Final standingsEdit

East Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PIM PTS
Montreal Canadiens 78 52 10 16 329 184 783 120
Boston Bruins 78 51 22 5 330 235 1097 107
New York Rangers 78 47 23 8 297 208 765 102
Buffalo Sabres 78 37 27 14 257 219 940 88
Detroit Red Wings 78 37 29 12 265 243 893 86
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 27 41 10 247 279 716 64
Vancouver Canucks 78 22 47 9 233 339 943 53
New York Islanders 78 12 60 6 170 347 881 30

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 7, 19722–3 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 0–1–0
2WOctober 12, 19723–2 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 1–1–0
3LOctober 14, 19724–7 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 1–2–0
4LOctober 17, 19720–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 1–3–0
5LOctober 21, 19721–2 New York Rangers (1972–73) 1–4–0
6LOctober 24, 19723–4 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 1–5–0
7TOctober 28, 19724–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 1–5–1
8LOctober 29, 19721–9 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 1–6–1
9WNovember 1, 19726–2 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 2–6–1
10LNovember 3, 19722–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 2–7–1
11LNovember 4, 19722–9 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 2–8–1
12LNovember 8, 19721–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 2–9–1
13LNovember 11, 19720–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 2–10–1
14LNovember 14, 19722–7 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 2–11–1
15LNovember 16, 19720–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 2–12–1
16LNovember 18, 19723–7 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 2–13–1
17WNovember 21, 19724–2 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 3–13–1
18LNovember 22, 19723–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 3–14–1
19TNovember 25, 19722–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 3–14–2
20LNovember 26, 19722–9 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 3–15–2
21LNovember 28, 19722–7 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 3–16–2
22LDecember 2, 19721–4 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 3–17–2
23LDecember 3, 19721–5 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 3–18–2
24LDecember 5, 19721–6 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 3–19–2
25LDecember 9, 19721–4 New York Rangers (1972–73) 3–20–2
26LDecember 10, 19721–4 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 3–21–2
27TDecember 12, 19724–4 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 3–21–3
28LDecember 13, 19721–9 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 3–22–3
29LDecember 16, 19721–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 3–23–3
30LDecember 17, 19720–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 3–24–3
31LDecember 20, 19722–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 3–25–3
32TDecember 21, 19724–4 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 3–25–4
33WDecember 23, 19724–2 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 4–25–4
34LDecember 27, 19721–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 4–26–4
35LDecember 29, 19722–5 @ California Golden Seals (1972–73) 4–27–4
36LDecember 30, 19722–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 4–28–4
37LJanuary 2, 19731–6 Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 4–29–4
38LJanuary 3, 19731–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 4–30–4
39LJanuary 6, 19730–4 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 4–31–4
40LJanuary 7, 19730–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 4–32–4
41LJanuary 9, 19732–3 Los Angeles Kings (1972–73) 4–33–4
42LJanuary 10, 19732–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 4–34–4
43LJanuary 13, 19731–8 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 4–35–4
44LJanuary 14, 19731–2 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 4–36–4
45LJanuary 16, 19730–1 Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 4–37–4
46WJanuary 18, 19739–7 @ Boston Bruins (1972–73) 5–37–4
47LJanuary 20, 19731–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 5–38–4
48WJanuary 23, 19738–1 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 6–38–4
49LJanuary 24, 19731–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 6–39–4
50LJanuary 26, 19731–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 6–40–4
51LJanuary 31, 19733–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 6–41–4
52LFebruary 1, 19733–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 6–42–4
53TFebruary 3, 19731–1 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 6–42–5
54LFebruary 4, 19731–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 6–43–5
55WFebruary 6, 19734–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 7–43–5
56LFebruary 7, 19730–6 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 7–44–5
57LFebruary 10, 19730–6 New York Rangers (1972–73) 7–45–5
58LFebruary 13, 19732–8 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 7–46–5
59LFebruary 14, 19732–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 7–47–5
60LFebruary 17, 19732–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 7–48–5
61LFebruary 18, 19732–3 @ New York Rangers (1972–73) 7–49–5
62LFebruary 20, 19730–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 7–50–5
63LFebruary 22, 19731–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1972–73) 7–51–5
64WFebruary 24, 19734–2 Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 8–51–5
65LFebruary 27, 19733–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1972–73) 8–52–5
66WMarch 3, 19739–3 Vancouver Canucks (1972–73) 9–52–5
67LMarch 4, 19731–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1972–73) 9–53–5
68LMarch 6, 19732–3 Montreal Canadiens (1972–73) 9–54–5
69LMarch 8, 19731–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1972–73) 9–55–5
70LMarch 10, 19734–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 9–56–5
71LMarch 11, 19731–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1972–73) 9–57–5
72LMarch 13, 19730–3 Boston Bruins (1972–73) 9–58–5
73WMarch 17, 19736–4 St. Louis Blues (1972–73) 10–58–5
74WMarch 20, 19736–3 California Golden Seals (1972–73) 11–58–5
75WMarch 24, 19733–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 12–58–5
76LMarch 27, 19732–3 Buffalo Sabres (1972–73) 12–59–5
77LMarch 31, 19732–10 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1972–73) 12–60–5
78TApril 1, 19734–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1972–73) 12–60–6

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Billy Harris 78 28 22 50 35
Ed Westfall 67 15 31 46 25
Germain Gagnon 63 12 29 41 31
Brian Spencer 78 14 24 38 90
Craig Cameron 72 19 14 33 27
Dave Hudson 69 12 19 31 17
Tom Miller 69 13 17 30 21
Lorne Henning 63 7 19 26 14
Terry Crisp 54 4 16 20 6
Don Blackburn 56 7 10 17 20
Bob Cook 33 8 6 14 14
Ralph Stewart 31 4 10 14 4
Brian Lavender 43 6 6 12 47
Brian Marchinko 36 2 6 8 0
[3]

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Jim Mair 49 2 11 13 41
Arnie Brown 48 4 8 12 27
Gerry Hart 47 1 11 12 158
Bill Mikkelson 72 1 10 11 45
Bryan Lefley 63 3 7 10 56
Neil Nicholson 30 3 1 4 23
[3]

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP= Games played; MIN = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP MIN W L T SO GA GAA
Gerry Desjardins 37 2498 5 35 3 0 195 4.68
Gerry Gray 1 60 0 1 0 0 5 5.00
Billy Smith 37 2122 7 24 3 0 147 4.16
[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jim Proudfoot (column), Toronto Star, January 8, 1972, p. 41
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.162, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/NYI/1973.html

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