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The Ottawa Nationals were a professional men's ice hockey team based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canadamarker that played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) during the 1972–73 WHA season.

The WHA had originally announced a franchise to Doug Michel for "Ontario", and there was some expectation that Hamiltonmarker would be the team's home, but the franchise was eventually placed in Ottawa. Nick Trbovich became majority owner before the season began, with Michel running hockey operations.

The Nationals were coached by Billy Harris and led on the ice by Wayne Carleton, who scored 42 goals and 92 points during the season.

Their home ice was the Ottawa Civic Centremarker, but the team was a flop at the box office, averaging about 3,000 fans per game. Before the season ended, the City of Ottawa demanded a payment of $100,000 to secure dates for the following season, and the team chose to leave the city, playing their home playoff games at Maple Leaf Gardensmarker in Torontomarker. During this playoff series, the team was referred to as the Ontario Nationals. After the end of the season, the team was sold to John F. Bassett and permanently moved to Toronto as the Toronto Toros.

March 1973 program

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1972–73 78 35 39 4 74 279 301 1067 4th, Eastern Lost Quarterfinals (New England)


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