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1976 Dispersal and Intraleague Drafts


Dispersal Draft

There was no formal dispersal of players from the two franchises that folded, Ottawa in January 1976, and Minnesota in February 1976. Ottawa attempted to sell off its players, while Minnesota simply disbanded after a vote by the players after six weeks of missed paychecks. The remaining players were then declared free agents.

Ottawa: Ralph Backstrom and Don Borgeson: sold to New England; Gary MacGregor and Barry Legge: sold to Cleveland; Francois Rochon, Darryl Maggs, Mark Lomenda and Bryon Baltimore: sold to Indianapolis.

Intraleague Draft

Toronto: Bill Butters (Houston); Edmonton: Larry Hornung (Winnipeg), Don Borgeson (Calgary); Calgary: Jack Carlson (Edmonton), Michel Deguise (Quebec), Tom Serviss (Quebec); Minnesota: Steve Carlson (New England), Pat Westrum (Calgary), Jeff Carlson (Edmonton); Quebec: Gord Labossiere (Houston), Jerry Zrymiak (Toronto).



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