1976–77 WHA season

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1976–77 WHA season
League World Hockey Association
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Top scorer Real Cloutier (Quebec)
Avco World Trophy
Finals champions Quebec Nordiques
  Runners-up Winnipeg Jets
WHA seasons

The 1976–77 WHA season was the fifth season of the World Hockey Association (WHA). Prior to the season, the Toronto Toros moved to Birmingham, AL and became the Bulls. The Cleveland Crusaders attempted to move to South Florida but legal problems resulted in them moving to Minnesota to become the second version of the Fighting Saints. They met with little success there and folded after playing 42 games. The remaining 11 teams competed in the league, playing 80 or 81 games in the regular season. The Avco World Trophy Winners were the Quebec Nordiques.

Regular season standings[edit]

Eastern Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Quebec Nordiques 81 47 31 3 353 295 97
Cincinnati Stingers 81 39 37 5 354 303 83
Indianapolis Racers 81 36 37 8 276 305 80
New England Whalers 81 35 40 6 275 290 76
Birmingham Bulls 81 31 46 4 289 309 66
Minnesota Fighting Saints 42 19 18 5 136 129 43
Western Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Houston Aeros 80 50 24 6 320 241 106
Winnipeg Jets 80 46 32 2 366 291 94
San Diego Mariners 81 40 37 4 284 283 85
Edmonton Oilers 81 34 43 4 243 304 72
Calgary Cowboys 81 31 43 7 252 296 69
Phoenix Roadrunners 80 28 48 4 281 383 60

Player stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Bolded numbers indicate season leaders

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Real Cloutier Quebec Nordiques 76 66 75 141 39
Anders Hedberg Winnipeg Jets 68 70 61 131 48
Ulf Nilsson Winnipeg Jets 71 39 85 124 89
Robbie Ftorek Phoenix Roadrunners 80 46 71 117 86
Andre Lacroix San Diego Mariners 81 32 82 114 79
Marc Tardif Quebec Nordiques 62 49 60 109 65
Rich Leduc Cincinnati Stingers 81 52 55 107 75
Chris Bordeleau Quebec Nordiques 72 32 75 107 34
Blaine Stoughton Cincinnati Stingers 81 52 52 104 39
Mark Napier Birmingham Bulls 80 60 36 96 24
Dennis Sobchuk Cincinnati Stingers 81 44 52 96 38
Serge Bernier Quebec Nordiques 74 43 53 96 94

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Bolded numbers indicate season leaders

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties, GA = Goals against; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Ron Grahame Houston Aeros 39 2345 27 10 2 107 4 90.1 2.74
Ernie Wakely San Diego Mariners 46 2506 22 18 1 129 3 89.6 3.09
Cap Raeder New England Whalers 26 1328 12 10 1 69 2 90.2 3.12
Wayne Rutledge Houston Aeros 42 2512 23 14 4 132 3 89.8 3.15
Joe Daley Winnipeg Jets 65 3813 39 21 2 206 3 89.2 3.24

Avco World Trophy Playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
E1 Quebec Nordiques 4
E4 New England Whalers 1
E1 Quebec Nordiques 4
Eastern Division
E3 Indianapolis Racers 1
E2 Cincinnati Stingers 0
E3 Indianapolis Racers 4
E1 Quebec Nordiques 4
W2 Winnipeg Jets 3
W1 Houston Aeros 4
W4 Edmonton Oilers 1
W1 Houston Aeros 2
Western Division
W2 Winnipeg Jets 4
W2 Winnipeg Jets 4
W3 San Diego Mariners 3

WHA awards[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Avco World Trophy: Quebec Nordiques
Gordie Howe Trophy: Robbie Ftorek, Phoenix Roadrunners
Bill Hunter Trophy: Real Cloutier, Quebec Nordiques
Lou Kaplan Trophy: George Lyle, New England Whalers
Ben Hatskin Trophy: Ron Grahame, Houston Aeros
Dennis A. Murphy Trophy: Ron Plumb, Cincinnati Stingers
Paul Deneau Trophy: Dave Keon, New England Whalers
Howard Baldwin Trophy: Bill Dineen, Houston Aeros
WHA Playoff MVP: Serge Bernier, Quebec Nordiques

All-Star Team[edit]

Position First Team Second Team
Centre Robbie Ftorek, Phoenix Ulf Nilsson, Winnipeg
Right Wing Anders Hedberg, Winnipeg Real Cloutier, Quebec
Left Wing Marc Tardif, Quebec Rick Dudley, Cincinnati
Defence Darryl Maggs, Indianapolis Poul Popiel, Houston
Defence Ron Plumb, Cincinnati Mark Howe, Houston
Goaltender John Garrett, Birmingham Joe Daley, Winnipeg

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