Calgary Broncos

The Calgary Broncos were an original World Hockey Association franchise founded November 1, 1971. In the first WHA draft, the Broncos chose Barry Gibbs, Jim Harrison, Dale Hoganson and Jack Norris. The team relocated prior to the start of the first WHA season when team owner Bob Brownridge died, having never played a game in Calgary. They moved to Ohio, becoming the Cleveland Crusaders.[1]

Calgary Broncos
CityCalgary, Alberta, Canada
LeagueWorld Hockey Association
OperatedDid not play
Owner(s)Bob Brownridge
Franchise history
1972Calgary Broncos
1972–1976Cleveland Crusaders
1976–1977Minnesota Fighting Saints

The Broncos were established in anticipation of an Alberta rivalry between the Broncos and the Edmonton Oilers. After the team folded, the Edmonton Oilers were renamed Alberta Oilers with the intention of splitting their home games between Calgary and Edmonton. The Oilers ultimately did not play any home games in Calgary however, and reverted to the name "Edmonton Oilers" after one season.[2]

Calgary later joined the WHA in 1975 when the Vancouver Blazers relocated to become the Calgary Cowboys.[3]

See also


  1. Proudfoot, Dan. Pro Hockey WHA 75–76. Canada: Pocket Books. p. 12.
  2. "Alberta Oilers—Major Pro Hockey Returns to Edmonton". Edmonton Oilers Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  3. Bilych, George; Scott, Dunc (1975-05-07). "Corral roost for old Eagles". Calgary Herald. p. 53.
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