The World Hockey Association, in addition to poaching a raft of NHL stars, introduces its own California club, the
Los Angeles Sharks.
They last only two seasons.
The Golden Seals relocate from Oakland to Cleveland and become the
but the franchise continues to struggle and merges with the Minnesota North Stars two years later.
wins the Art Ross Trophy with an NHL-best 137 points, becoming the first scoring champion to play for a team west of Chicago.
Facing the heavily favored Oilers in Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs, Los Angeles erases a 5--0 deficit in the third period to win 6--5 in OT in what is known as the Miracle on Manchester. The Kings win the series in five games.
is traded in August from Edmonton, where he had won four Stanley Cups, to the Kings in the most momentous deal in NHL history.