The Toronto Toros were an ice hockey team based out of Toronto that played in the World Hockey Association and were owned by John F. Bassett. They played from 1973 to 1976 . Their home ice was Varsity Arena and Maple Leaf Gardens. The franchise was previously known as the Ottawa Nationals and later the Birmingham Bulls. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Established: March 6, 1834 Area: East to West: 43 km North to South: 21 km629. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... Varsity Arena is an arena in Toronto, Ontario. ... Maple Leaf Gardens before gametime Maple Leaf Gardens is an indoor arena in Toronto, Ontario, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. ... The Ottawa Nationals were a hockey team based out of Ottawa that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Birmingham Bulls were a hockey team based out of Birmingham, Alabama that played in the World Hockey Association. ...
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At the end of the season, the team moved to Toronto permanently, and was sold to John F. Bassett, with Steve Stavro as a minority shareholder.
While Ballard undoubtedly took out his hatred of the WHA on the Toros, it appeared the onerous lease terms were at least in part a jab at John F. Bassett--who was the son of media mogul John Bassett, a former part-owner of the Leafs.
The Toros finished the year with the league's fifth-best record at 43-33-2, but were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the San Diego Mariners.
Eventually, by the time the TorontoToros went to Örnsköldsvik, Harris had been fired and Hedberg had joined the Winnipeg Jets.
The Toros continued to populate the penalty box while Modo put the puck in the net.
Naturally, the Toros felt they've been mistreated but the two Swedish refeeres (the two-man system were used in Sweden at the time) Stig Karlsson from Gävle and Roger Palmqvist from Borlänge, only applied the presently common practice in Europe.
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