Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
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|League||World Hockey Association|
|Coaches|| Gilles Leger (1976–77)|
Pat Kelly (1976-77)
Glen Sonmor (1977-78)
John Brophy (1978-79)
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.
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.
|Pro Hockey in Birmingham
Birmingham Bulls (CHL)