Birmingham Bulls (WHA)

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Birmingham Bulls
Birmingham Bulls 1980s logo.gif
Sport Hockey
League World Hockey Association
Active 1976–1979
Home ice BJCC
Record 100-133-13
Coaches Gilles Leger (1976–77)
Pat Kelly (1976-77)
Glen Sonmor (1977-78)
John Brophy (1978-79)
Web site N/A

The Birmingham Bulls was a professional ice hockey team based in Birmingham that played in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1976 to 1979. Their home ice was the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

The franchise was moved from Canada where it was known as the Toronto Toros, however the Toros' logo was retained. Gilles Leger, the first head coach, stayed on as general manager after turning coaching duties over to Pat Kelly during the inaugural season. In 1979 the WHA folded and the team was supposed to disband. However, the Bulls returned in the 1979–1980 season as part of the Central Hockey League.

The Bulls' mascot was a blue bull-headed goalie.

1976-77 season

1976–77 Birmingham Bulls

1977-78 season

1977–78 Birmingham Bulls

In 1977 Glen Sonmor came to coach the Bulls. The roster included goalies Wayne Wood and John Garrett; centers Vaclav Nedomansky, John Stewart, Peter Marin and Dave Gorman; wings Richard Farda, Mark Napier, Jeff Jacques, Lou Nistico, Tim Sheehy, and Paul Henderson; and defensemen Jim Turkiewicz, Rick Cunningham, Jean-Guy Lagace, Richard Hart and Dale Hoganson.

Sonmor left after one season to take over the NHL's Minnesota North Stars. John Brophy was named as his successor.

1978-79 season

The Bulls' final home game at the BJCC Coliseum was played on April 14, 1979. They defeated the Edmonton Oilers (with Wayne Gretzky) 7-6 before a crowd of 8,179.

Preceded by:
Pro Hockey in Birmingham
Succeeded by:
Birmingham Bulls (CHL)

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