May 6, 1973 -- Whalers defeat Winnipeg Jets 9-6 on national television (CBS) to win the WHA's first title, the World Trophy. Later in the month, Jack Kelley is named WHA coach of the year and Terry Caffery is named top rookie. April 6, 1974 -- Whalers play their first game in Springfield. They come back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Chicago Cougars in the first game of the playoffs, 6-4.
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