• A new rival league, the World Hockey Association, begins play, siphoning talent from NHL rosters. Among NHL stars defecting to the new league are Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Bernie Parent, J.C. Tremblay and Johnnie McKenzie.

• In response to the WHA's startup, the NHL hastily adds two new teams -- the Atlanta Flames and the New York Islanders -- in an attempt to bar the WHA from newly constructed arenas in Long Island and the Georgia capital.

• The Montreal Canadiens beat the Chicago Black Hawks in six games to win their 18th Stanley Cup.

Atlanta Flames

Boston Bruins

Buffalo Sabres

California Golden Seals

Chicago Black Hawks

Detroit Red Wings

Los Angeles Kings

Minnesota North Stars

Montreal Canadiens

New York Islanders

New York Rangers

Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins

St. Louis Blues

Toronto Maple Leafs

Vancouver Canucks

1973 All-Star Game
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