The New England Whalers beat the Winnipeg Jets 9-6 in Hartford, Conn. to win the 1st WHA Hockey Championship Avco World Trophy.
New England won the Series 4 games to 1.
In the deciding game Larry Pleau scored a hat trick. After winning the game, the Avco World Trophy had not yet been completed. As a result of the this the Whalers skated their "victory lap" with their divisional trophy causing an embarrassment for the WHA officials.