Ice Hockey Skates

April 20, 1973

It was not good day for the Bruins, general manager Harry Sinden, coach Bep Guidolin or loyal fans of the spoked-B.

Or should that have been the spooked-B?

As the Bruins licked their paws after falling to the New York Rangers in five games – in the opening round, no less – the New England Whalers made sure the Garden Bull Gang didn’t melt down the ice for the summer.

Goaltender Gerry Cheevers (Sinden, Johnson and fans surely remembered him) was the main cog in leading the Whalers through the inaugural World Hockey Association playoffs. A 3-2 win over the Cleveland Crusaders put New England up 2-0 in the second round.

The Whalers went on to win the first WHA title, symbolized by the Avco World Trophy, aka the Avco Cup.

It was comically designed as a distant cousin of Stanley Cup, sponsored by a defense contractor starting up a personal loan branch.

Meanwhile, the Bruins were mailing out refunds for ticket holders of their unplayed playoff games.

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