From Ohio History Central
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The Cleveland Crusaders was a professional hockey team that played in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The WHA formed in 1971, and this league sought to create a new professional hockey association to rival the National Hockey League. The WHA existed from 1971 until 1979.
The Cleveland Crusaders replaced the Calgary Broncos, one of the founding teams, in the WHA. The Broncos never played a game, and the Crusaders joined the league in 1972. The squad experienced winning seasons in its first two years in the WHA but only attained a record of thirty-five wins and forty losses in its third and fourth seasons. Following the 1975-1976 season, the Crusaders relocated to St. Paul, Minnesota, where the squad became known as the Minnesota Fighting Saints.