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Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics

The Denver Spurs were hastily granted an expansion franchise to begin play in the 1975-1976 season. The team took many of its players from the defunct Chicago Cougars, but they didn't enjoy any more success than the Cougars had in their last season. Playing in front of sparse crowds at the spacious McNichols Arena, the Spurs soon ran into financial problems and relocated to Ottawa early in January 1976. Unlike the first WHA team to call Ottawa home, the newly-renamed Civics were well-received, but after a seven-game stint in their new home, with no local buyers coming forward, the franchise folded on 17 January 1976.

Perhaps the most noteworthy game in the brief history of the franchise came on 24 October 1975 in Winnipeg. In the Jets' previous game, Perry Miller had been sent to hospital for an eye injury he sustained as a result of a high stick from Bernie MacNeil of the Cincinnati Stingers. Enraged teammate Bobby Hull staged a one-game strike to protest the growing level of violence in hockey, and sat out the Jets' next game against the Spurs at the Winnipeg Arena.
Season Team GP W L T Pts Pct. GF GA Finish
1975-1976 Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics 41 14 26 1 29 0.354 134 172 5th place, Western Division
Totals   41 14 26 1 29 0.354 134 172  
All-Time Franchise Records

Games Played

Player GP
Ralph Backstrom41
Larry Bignell41
Darryl Maggs41
Rick Morris41
Bryon Baltimore41


Player G
Ralph Backstrom21
Don Borgeson21
Gary MacGregor16
Francois Rochon11
Jim Sherrit11


Player A
Ralph Backstrom29
Darryl Maggs23
Jim Sherrit19
Don Borgeson16
Mark Lomenda16


Player Pts
Ralph Backstrom50
Don Borgeson37
Jim Sherrit30
Gary MacGregor30
Darryl Maggs27

Penalty Minutes

Player PIM
Rick Morris58
John Arbour49
Larry Bignell43
Darryl Maggs42
Keith Kokkola40

Games Played - Goaltender

Player GP
Bob Johnson24
Cam Newton10
Lynn Zimmerman8
Chris Grigg2
Nick Sanza1


Player W
Bob Johnson8
Cam Newton4
Lynn Zimmerman2


Player SO
Cam Newton1