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The Calgary Broncos were an original World Hockey Association franchise founded November 1, 1971 by Bob Brownridge. Prior to the start of the first WHA season the franchise folded, and their spot in the league was taken by the Cleveland Crusaders. In the first WHA draft, the Broncos chose: Barry Gibbs, Jim Harrison, Dale Hoganson and Jack Norris.
The team was established with the anticipation of an Alberta rivalry between the Broncos and the Edmonton Oilers. After the Broncos franchise folded prior to the start of the first season, the Edmonton Oilers were renamed Alberta Oilers with the intention of splitting their home games between Calgary and Edmonton. The Oilers ultimately did not play any home games in Calgary however, and were reverted back to the name "Edmonton Oilers" after one season.
Calgary would later joined the WHA in 1975 with the Calgary Cowboys, a relocation of the Vancouver Blazers.