The California Hockey League, a minor pro circuit, is formed with four clubs: the Oakland Sheiks, the San Francisco Tigers, the Los Angeles Richfields and the Hollywood Millionaires. It lasts just five years.
The Pacific Coast Hockey League (which would become the Western Hockey League) begins play, including teams in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pasadena, San Diego and San Francisco.
In its initial expansion from six to 12 teams, the NHL locates two franchises in California: the
Los Angeles Kings
and the Oakland Seals.
Mike Lampman, who was born in Hamilton, Ont., but who moved to in Lakewood, Calif., when he was 12, becomes the first player from Southern California to be drafted by an NHL team when the Blues select the winger 111th overall.
California Golden Seals
—the Oakland franchise had changed its name the year before—make waves around the NHL by briefly sporting white skates.