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1973–74 California Golden Seals · NHL
Division 8th West
1973–74 record 13-55-10
Goals for 195
Goals against 342
General Manager Fred Glover/Garry Young
Coach Fred Glover/Marshall Johnston
Captain Joey Johnston
Arena Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
Team leaders
Goals Joey Johnston (27)
Assists Joey Johnston (40)
Points Joey Johnston (67)
Penalties in minutes Bob Stewart (69)
Wins Gilles Meloche (9)
Goals against average Ted Tucker (3.39)

The 1973–74 California Golden Seals season was the Seals' seventh season in the NHL. With the continuing depletion of talent due to the World Hockey Association and a lack of interest from owner Charles O. Finley who put the team up for sale, the Seals had a miserable season and sank to a franchise low 36 points. In January 1974, the NHL bought the Seals from owner Charlie Finley for $6.585 million.[1] With the league takeover, the players immediately returned to wearing black skates. The Seals had the worst record in the National Hockey League with a 13-55-10 record.[2]

OffseasonEdit

Amateur DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
3 34. Jeff Jacques Flag of Canada.svg Canada St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
4 50. Ron Serafini Flag of the United States United States St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
5 66. Jim Moxey Flag of Canada.svg Canada Hamilton Red Wings (OHA)
6 82. Willie Trognitz Flag of Canada.svg Canada Thunder Bay (Junior)
7 98. Paul Tantardini Flag of Canada.svg Canada Downsview Beavers (OPJHL)
8 114. Bruce Greig Flag of Canada.svg Canada Vancouver Nats (WCHL)
9 130. Larry Patey Flag of Canada.svg Canada Braintree Hawks (NEnHL)
10 145. Doug Mahood Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
11 160. Angie Moretto Flag of Canada.svg Canada University of Michigan (NCAA)

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

West Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 78 50 16 12 273 164 112
Chicago Black Hawks 78 41 14 23 272 164 105
Los Angeles Kings 78 33 33 12 233 231 78
Atlanta Flames 78 30 34 14 214 238 74
Pittsburgh Penguins 78 28 41 9 242 273 65
St. Louis Blues 78 26 40 12 206 248 64
Minnesota North Stars 78 23 38 17 235 275 63
California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 195 342 36

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 10, 19732–1 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 1–0–0
2WOctober 12, 19733–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 2–0–0
3LOctober 17, 19731–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 2–1–0
4LOctober 20, 19733–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 2–2–0
5LOctober 21, 19732–11 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 2–3–0
6WOctober 24, 19737–3 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 3–3–0
7LOctober 26, 19731–3 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 3–4–0
8LOctober 28, 19731–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 3–5–0
9LOctober 31, 19732–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 3–6–0
10LNovember 1, 19732–7 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 3–7–0
11LNovember 3, 19732–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 3–8–0
12LNovember 4, 19731–4 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 3–9–0
13TNovember 7, 19731–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 3–9–1
14WNovember 9, 19736–3 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 4–9–1
15LNovember 14, 19731–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 4–10–1
16LNovember 16, 19731–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 4–11–1
17WNovember 18, 19732–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 5–11–1
18LNovember 21, 19730–3 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 5–12–1
19LNovember 24, 19733–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 5–13–1
20LNovember 25, 19732–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 5–14–1
21WNovember 28, 19735–1 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 6–14–1
22LDecember 1, 19732–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 6–15–1
23LDecember 2, 19731–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 6–16–1
24TDecember 5, 19733–3 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 6–16–2
25WDecember 7, 19734–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 7–16–2
26LDecember 9, 19733–6 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 7–17–2
27LDecember 11, 19733–6 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 7–18–2
28LDecember 12, 19731–9 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 7–19–2
29TDecember 14, 19732–2 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 7–19–3
30LDecember 16, 19733–5 @ Boston Bruins (1973–74) 7–20–3
31LDecember 18, 19731–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 7–21–3
32LDecember 19, 19733–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 7–22–3
33TDecember 23, 19732–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 7–22–4
34LDecember 26, 19734–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 7–23–4
35TDecember 28, 19734–4 New York Islanders (1973–74) 7–23–5
36LDecember 30, 19731–8 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 7–24–5
37WJanuary 2, 19745–2 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 8–24–5
38LJanuary 5, 19741–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 8–25–5
39LJanuary 6, 19744–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 8–26–5
40WJanuary 9, 19748–6 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 9–26–5
41LJanuary 11, 19742–3 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 9–27–5
42LJanuary 13, 19742–7 New York Rangers (1973–74) 9–28–5
43TJanuary 16, 19745–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 9–28–6
44LJanuary 18, 19742–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 9–29–6
45LJanuary 20, 19744–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 9–30–6
46LJanuary 22, 19743–4 @ New York Islanders (1973–74) 9–31–6
47LJanuary 23, 19742–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 9–32–6
48LJanuary 25, 19740–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1973–74) 9–33–6
49TJanuary 27, 19742–2 Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 9–33–7
50LJanuary 30, 19744–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 9–34–7
51LJanuary 31, 19741–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 9–35–7
52LFebruary 2, 19741–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 9–36–7
53WFebruary 3, 19744–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 10–36–7
54WFebruary 6, 19744–2 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 11–36–7
55LFebruary 8, 19742–7 Buffalo Sabres (1973–74) 11–37–7
56LFebruary 13, 19746–9 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 11–38–7
57LFebruary 16, 19743–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 11–39–7
58LFebruary 17, 19741–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 11–40–7
59LFebruary 20, 19740–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 11–41–7
60LFebruary 22, 19743–4 New York Rangers (1973–74) 11–42–7
61TFebruary 27, 19742–2 St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 11–42–8
62WMarch 2, 19744–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 12–42–8
63LMarch 3, 19742–8 @ New York Rangers (1973–74) 12–43–8
64LMarch 5, 19741–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 12–44–8
65TMarch 6, 19743–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1973–74) 12–44–9
66WMarch 10, 19746–2 Boston Bruins (1973–74) 13–44–9
67LMarch 13, 19742–5 Detroit Red Wings (1973–74) 13–45–9
68LMarch 15, 19741–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1973–74) 13–46–9
69LMarch 19, 19743–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1973–74) 13–47–9
70LMarch 21, 19743–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 13–48–9
71LMarch 22, 19742–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1973–74) 13–49–9
72LMarch 24, 19741–7 Los Angeles Kings (1973–74) 13–50–9
73TMarch 27, 19742–2 New York Islanders (1973–74) 13–50–10
74LMarch 29, 19743–4 Montreal Canadiens (1973–74) 13–51–10
75LMarch 31, 19740–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 13–52–10
76LApril 2, 19743–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1973–74) 13–53–10
77LApril 3, 19741–4 Vancouver Canucks (1973–74) 13–54–10
78LApril 5, 19742–4 Atlanta Flames (1973–74) 13–55–10

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

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
Joey Johnston 78 27 40 67 67 - - - - -
Ivan Boldirev 78 25 31 56 22 - - - - -
Walt McKechnie 63 23 29 52 14 - - - - -
Reggie Leach 78 22 24 46 34 - - - - -
Gary Croteau 76 14 21 35 16 - - - - -
Stan Gilbertson 76 18 12 30 39 - - - - -
Craig Patrick 59 10 20 30 17 - - - - -
Hilliard Graves 64 11 18 29 48 - - - - -
Morris Mott 77 9 17 26 33 - - - - -
Ted McAneeley 72 4 20 24 62 - - - - -
Marshall Johnston 50 2 16 18 24 - - - - -
Stan Weir 58 9 7 16 10 - - - - -
Pete Laframboise 65 7 7 14 14 - - - - -
Ray McKay 72 2 12 14 49 - - - - -
Ron Huston 23 3 10 13 0 - - - - -
Terry Murray 58 0 12 12 48 - - - - -
Brent Meeke 18 1 9 10 4 - - - - -
Rick Kessell 51 2 6 8 4 - - - - -
Bob Stewart 47 2 5 7 69 - - - - -
Paul Shakes 21 0 4 4 12 - - - - -
Barry Cummins 36 1 2 3 39 - - - - -
Del Hall 2 2 0 2 2 - - - - -
Lyle Bradley 4 1 0 1 2 - - - - -
Marv Edwards 14 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
Gilles Meloche 47 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Hartland Monahan 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Larry Patey 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bruce Greig 1 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Gary Holt 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Dave Hrechkosy 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Wayne King 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Ron Serafini 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Gary Coalter 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Ted Tucker 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bob Champoux 17 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

GoaltendersEdit

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
Ted Tucker 5 177 1 1 1 10 0 3.39 - - - - - - -.--
Marv Edwards 14 780 1 10 1 51 0 3.92 - - - - - - -.--
Gilles Meloche 27 47 2800 9 33 5 198 1 4.24 - - - - - - -.--
Bob Champoux 17 923 2 11 3 80 0 5.20 - - - - - - -.--

TransactionsEdit

The Seals were involved in the following transactions during the 1973–74 season:

TradesEdit

May 11, 1973 To California Golden Seals
Gary Coalter
To New York Rangers
cash
June 10, 1973 To California Golden Seals
Ted Tucker
To Atlanta Flames
cash

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Ray McKay Buffalo Sabres Intra-league Draft (1973–06–12)
Rick Kessell Pittsburgh Penguins Intra-league Draft (1973–06–13)
Gary Holt Port Huron Wings (IHL) free agency (1973–09)
Dave Hrechkosy Rochester Americans (AHL) free agency (1973–09)
Bob Girard Amqui Aces (QSHL) free agency (1973–09)
Bob Champoux San Diego Gulls (WHL) free agency (1973–11)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Lyle Carter Minnesota North Stars Reverse Draft (1973–06–13)
Al Simmons San Diego Gulls (WHL) Reverse Draft (1973–06–13)
Jim Jones Chicago Cougars (WHA) free agency (1973–09)


ReferencesEdit

  1. Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman, p.201-2, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  2. 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

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