Cleveland Barons (National Hockey League)

From Ohio History Central

The Cleveland Barons was a professional hockey team that played in the National Hockey League (NHL). Initially, the team was known as the California Seals, playing its games in Oakland, California. The team remained in California from 1967 to 1976, playing as the California Seals, the Oakland Seals, and the California Golden Seals.

Following the 1975-1976 season, the California Golden Seals relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, due to a lack of fan support in California. Now known as the Cleveland Barons, the team played its home games in the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio. George and Gordon Gund became the principal owners of the team. During the Barons' two seasons in Cleveland, the squad struggled. In the 1976-1977 season, the Barons won twenty-five, lost forty-two, and tied thirteen games, and in the 1977-1978 season, the team won twenty-two, lost forty-five, and tied thirteen games. Following the Barons' second season, due to poor fan support and lack of money, the team relocated to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, where it merged with the Minnesota North Stars.

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