Ottawa Nationals

Initially awarded to the province of Ontario in 1972 for the first season of the World Hockey Association (WHA), the team originally planned to play in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens, and when that fell through, nearby Hamilton. When the season began, they were the Ottawa Nationals. The team made the play-offs but moved to Toronto before the start of the postseason. Known as the Ontario Nationals, they were sold at the end of the season to John Bassett who renamed them the Toronto Toros.