1977–78 OMJHL season

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The 1977–78 OMJHL season was the fourth season of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. Twelve teams each played 68 games. The Peterborough Petes won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, defeating the Hamilton Fincups. The Fincups franchise moved back from St. Catharines to Hamilton after a temporary year away from the city due to lack of a suitable arena.

The league featured a wealth of scoring talent during the season, with two players recording the league's highest single season point totals. Third season veteran Bobby Smith, edged 17-year old rookie Wayne Gretzky for the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy, scoring 192 points.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Leyden Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
y-Ottawa 67's 68 43 18 7 93 405 308
x-Peterborough Petes 68 37 18 13 87 327 273
x-Oshawa Generals 68 30 26 12 72 320 289
x-Kingston Canadians 68 27 32 9 63 288 323
x-Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 68 26 32 10 62 330 346
Sudbury Wolves 68 16 42 10 42 255 377
Emms Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
y-London Knights 68 35 22 11 81 333 251
x-Windsor Spitfires 68 36 24 6 78 338 289
x-Hamilton Fincups 68 31 23 14 76 273 223
x-Kitchener Rangers 68 26 34 8 60 270 303
x-Toronto Marlboros 68 24 36 8 56 263 341
Niagara Falls Flyers 68 17 41 10 44 261 340

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Bobby Smith Ottawa 67's 61 69 123 192 44
Wayne Gretzky Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 64 70 112 182 14
Dino Ciccarelli London Knights 68 72 70 142 49
Keith Acton Peterborough Petes 68 42 86 128 52
Jim Fox Ottawa 67's 59 44 83 127 12
Gerry Leroux Windsor Spitfires 68 57 66 123 85
Steve Marengere Ottawa 67's 65 25 93 118 73
Dan Lucas Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 61 50 67 117 90
Jim MacRae London Knights 68 50 62 112 58
Dan Maloney Kitchener Rangers 62 30 74 104 143

OHL Playoffs[edit]

First Round[edit]

Kitchener Rangers defeat Toronto Marlboros 3–2

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defeat Kingston Canadians 3–2

Hamilton Fincups defeat Windsor Spitfires 4–1, 1 tie

Peterborough Petes defeat Oshawa Generals 4–1, 1 tie


Quarter Finals[edit]

Ottawa 67's defeat Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4–3, 1 tie

London Knights defeat Kitchener Rangers 4–0


Semi Finals[edit]

Hamilton Fincups defeat London Knights 4–2, 1 tie

Peterborough Petes defeat Ottawa 67's 4–3, 1 tie


J. Ross Robertson Cup[edit]

Peterborough Petes defeat Hamilton Fincups 4–3, 1 tie

OHL awards[edit]

J. Ross Robertson Cup: Peterborough Petes
Hamilton Spectator Trophy: Ottawa 67's
Red Tilson Trophy: Bobby Smith, Ottawa 67's
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy: Bobby Smith, Ottawa 67's
Matt Leyden Trophy: Bill White, Oshawa Generals
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy: Dino Ciccarelli, London Knights
Max Kaminsky Trophy: Brad Marsh, London Knights and Rob Ramage, London Knights
Dave Pinkney Trophy: Al Jensen, Hamilton Fincups
Emms Family Award: Wayne Gretzky, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
F.W. 'Dinty' Moore Trophy: Ken Ellacott, Peterborough Petes
William Hanley Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1976–77 OMJHL season
OHL seasons Succeeded by
1978–79 OMJHL season