1977–78 Cleveland Barons season

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1977–78 Cleveland Barons
Division 4th Adams
Conference 8th Wales
1977–78 record 22–45–13
Goals for 230
Goals against 325
Team information
General Manager Harry Howell
Coach Jack Evans
Captain Jim Neilson & Bob Stewart (co-captains)
Arena Richfield Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Dennis Maruk (36)
Assists Dennis Maruk (35)
Points Dennis Maruk (71)
Penalties in minutes Randy Holt (229)
Plus/minus Reg Kerr, Jeff Allan (0)
Wins Gilles Meloche (16)
Goals against average Gilles Meloche (3.77)
<1976–77

The 1977–78 Cleveland Barons season was the team's second and final season in the NHL. The relocation to Cleveland did not cure the attendance problems that plagued the franchise from its inception in Oakland as the Seals in 1967. In June 1978, with both the Barons and the Minnesota North Stars on the verge of folding, the league approved an arrangement in which the two teams were permitted to merge under the ownership of Barons owner George Gund III. The merged franchise continued as the Minnesota North Stars, and assumed the Barons old place in the Adams Division. Fifteen seasons later, the North Stars relocated to Dallas and became the Stars, bringing the NHL to Texas for the first time.

Offseason[edit]

Amateur draft[edit]

Cleveland's picks at the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the NHL's office in Montreal, Quebec on June 14, 1977.[1][2]

Players drafted by the Cleveland Barons in 1977 and their NHL career regular season statistics
Round Pick Player Position Nationality Team (league) GP G A Pts PIM W L T GAA
1 5 Crombeen, MikeMike Crombeen Forward Canada Kingston Canadians (OMJHL) 475 55 68 123 218 &
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2 23 Chicoine, DanDan Chicoine Right Wing Canada Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL) 31 1 2 3 12 &
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3 41 Kerr, RegReg Kerr Defense Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WHL) 263 66 94 160 169 &
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3 42 Lash, GuyGuy Lash Right Wing Canada Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL) &
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4 59 Baby, JohnJohn Baby Defense Canada Sudbury Wolves (OMJHL) 26 2 8 10 26 &
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5 77 Lloyd, OwenOwen Lloyd Defense Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL) &
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6 95 Allan, JeffJeff Allan Defense Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) 4 0 0 0 2 &
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7 113 Toffolo, MarkMark Toffolo Defense United States Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL) &
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8 128 Eakin, GrantGrant Eakin Left Wing Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WCHL) &
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Regular season[edit]

On December 11, 1977, Tom Bladon became the first defenceman in NHL history to score 8 points in one game.[3] He scored four goals and four assists versus the Cleveland Barons. It was 25% of his point total for the entire season.

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 51 18 11 333 218 113
Buffalo Sabres 80 44 19 17 288 215 105
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 41 29 10 271 237 92
Cleveland Barons 80 22 45 13 230 325 57

[4]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.[5]

Game log[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 12, 1977 0–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 0–1–0
2 W October 15, 1977 4–2 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 1–1–0
3 W October 19, 1977 3–1 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 2–1–0
4 W October 20, 1977 7–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 3–1–0
5 W October 22, 1977 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 4–1–0
6 L October 23, 1977 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 4–2–0
7 L October 25, 1977 0–5 New York Rangers (1977–78) 4–3–0
8 L October 28, 1977 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 4–4–0
9 L October 30, 1977 1–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 4–5–0
10 T November 2, 1977 4–4 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 4–5–1
11 W November 5, 1977 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 5–5–1
12 L November 6, 1977 1–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 5–6–1
13 L November 9, 1977 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 5–7–1
14 L November 13, 1977 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 5–8–1
15 L November 15, 1977 4–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 5–9–1
16 T November 16, 1977 1–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 5–9–2
17 L November 19, 1977 2–7 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 5–10–2
18 W November 23, 1977 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 6–10–2
19 L November 25, 1977 2–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 6–11–2
20 L November 26, 1977 1–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 6–12–2
21 L November 29, 1977 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 6–13–2
22 W November 30, 1977 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 7–13–2
23 W December 2, 1977 3–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 8–13–2
24 T December 3, 1977 4–4 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 8–13–3
25 L December 7, 1977 3–5 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 8–14–3
26 L December 8, 1977 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 8–15–3
27 L December 11, 1977 1–11 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 8–16–3
28 L December 12, 1977 1–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 8–17–3
29 W December 15, 1977 6–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 9–17–3
30 W December 17, 1977 4–2 New York Rangers (1977–78) 10–17–3
31 L December 18, 1977 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 10–18–3
32 L December 21, 1977 0–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 10–19–3
33 L December 23, 1977 4–5 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 10–20–3
34 L December 27, 1977 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 10–21–3
35 T December 28, 1977 5–5 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 10–21–4
36 L December 30, 1977 0–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 10–22–4
37 L December 31, 1977 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 10–23–4
38 L January 3, 1978 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 10–24–4
39 W January 6, 1978 6–1 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 11–24–4
40 L January 7, 1978 3–5 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 11–25–4
41 W January 11, 1978 5–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 12–25–4
42 W January 12, 1978 6–3 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 13–25–4
43 W January 13, 1978 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 14–25–4
44 L January 14, 1978 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 14–26–4
45 L January 18, 1978 4–7 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 14–27–4
46 L January 19, 1978 2–9 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 14–28–4
47 W January 21, 1978 9–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 15–28–4
48 W January 22, 1978 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 16–28–4
49 L January 26, 1978 0–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 16–29–4
50 W January 28, 1978 2–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 17–29–4
51 L January 29, 1978 2–6 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 17–30–4
52 W February 1, 1978 2–0 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 18–30–4
53 T February 4, 1978 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 18–30–5
54 L February 5, 1978 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 18–31–5
55 L February 8, 1978 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 18–32–5
56 L February 10, 1978 1–4 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 18–33–5
57 T February 12, 1978 2–2 New York Islanders (1977–78) 18–33–6
58 T February 15, 1978 5–5 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 18–33–7
59 W February 17, 1978 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 19–33–7
60 L February 22, 1978 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 19–34–7
61 L February 23, 1978 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 19–35–7
62 L February 25, 1978 3–13 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 19–36–7
63 T February 27, 1978 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 19–36–8
64 L February 28, 1978 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 19–37–8
65 T March 3, 1978 2–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 19–37–9
66 L March 4, 1978 3–9 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 19–38–9
67 L March 8, 1978 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 19–39–9
68 L March 11, 1978 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 19–40–9
69 T March 15, 1978 2–2 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 19–40–10
70 T March 17, 1978 4–4 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 19–40–11
71 L March 18, 1978 3–8 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 19–41–11
72 L March 21, 1978 3–5 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 19–42–11
73 L March 24, 1978 3–4 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 19–43–11
74 T March 25, 1978 4–4 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 19–43–12
75 W March 29, 1978 7–3 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 20–43–12
76 W March 30, 1978 5–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 21–43–12
77 L April 1, 1978 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 21–44–12
78 W April 2, 1978 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 22–44–12
79 T April 5, 1978 5–5 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 22–44–13
80 L April 9, 1978 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 22–45–13

Player stats[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes; +/- = Plus/minus

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM +/-
Dennis Maruk 76 36 35 71 50 -26 - - - - - -
Mike Fidler 78 23 28 51 38 -13 - - - - - -
Kris Manery 78 22 27 49 14 -15 - - - - - -
Al MacAdam 80 16 32 48 42 -19 - - - - - -
Dave Gardner 75 19 25 44 10 -16 - - - - - -
Bob Murdoch 71 14 26 40 27 -18 - - - - - -
Greg Smith 80 7 30 37 92 -26 - - - - - -
Rick Hampton 77 18 18 36 19 -24 - - - - - -
Chuck Arnason 40 21 13 34 8 -2 - - - - - -
Walt McKechnie 53 12 22 34 12 -8 - - - - - -
Jim Neilson 68 2 21 23 20 -25 - - - - - -
J. P. Parise 40 9 13 22 27 -15 - - - - - -
Rick Shinske 47 5 12 17 6 -12 - - - - - -
Jean Potvin 40 3 14 17 30 -4 - - - - - -
Bob Stewart 72 2 15 17 84 -25 - - - - - -
Ken Kuzyk 28 5 4 9 6 -1 - - - - - -
John Baby 24 2 7 9 26 -10 - - - - - -
Fred Ahern 36 3 4 7 48 -16 - - - - - -
Mike Crombeen 48 3 4 7 13 -26 - - - - - -
Wayne Merrick 18 2 5 7 13 - - - - - -
Mike Christie 34 1 6 7 49 -14 - - - - - -
Rick Jodzio 38 2 3 5 43 - - - - - -
Randy Holt 48 1 4 5 229 - - - - - -
Bob Girard 25 0 4 4 11 - - - - - -
Ralph Klassen 13 2 1 3 6 - - - - - -
Dennis O'Brien 23 0 3 3 31 -13 - - - - - -
Reg Kerr 7 0 2 2 7 - - - - - -
Darcy Regier 15 0 1 1 28 - - - - - -
Gary Edwards 30 0 1 1 4 - - - - - - -
Jeff Allan 4 0 0 0 2 - - - - - -
Bjorn Johansson 5 0 0 0 6 - - - - - -
Dan Chicoine 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - - -
Gilles Meloche 27 54 0 0 0 4 - - - - - - -

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Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Barons. Stats reflect time with the Barons only. Traded mid-season.

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Gilles Meloche 27 54 3100 16 27 8 195 1 3.77 - - - - - - -.--
Gary Edwards 30 1700 6 18 5 128 0 4.52 - - - - - - -.--

Transactions[edit]

The Barons were involved in the following transactions during the 1977–78 season:

Trades[edit]

August 17, 1977 To Cleveland Barons
rights to Mike Eaves
To St. Louis Blues
Len Frig
November 23, 1977 To Cleveland Barons
Randy Holt
To Chicago Black Hawks
Reg Kerr
December 9, 1977 To Cleveland Barons
Walt McKechnie
To Washington Capitals
Bob Girard
2nd round pick in 1978 Draft (Paul MacKinnon)
January 9, 1978 To Cleveland Barons
Chuck Arnason
Rick Jodzio
To Colorado Rockies
Fred Ahern
Ralph Klassen
January 10, 1978 To Cleveland Barons
J. P. Parise
Jean Potvin
4th round pick in 1978 Draft
(cancelled by Barons-North Stars merger)
To New York Islanders
Wayne Merrick
Darcy Regier
January 12, 1978 To Cleveland Barons
Dennis O'Brien
To Colorado Rockies
Mike Christie

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Kris Manery University of Michigan (NCAA) free agency (1977-10)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Phil Roberto Birmingham Bulls (WHA) free agency (1977-07)
Charlie Simmer Los Angeles Kings free agency (1977-08-08)
Gary Holt St. Louis Blues free agency (1977-10-20)
Dennis O'Brien Boston Bruins waivers (1978-03-10)
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Playoffs[edit]

The Barons did not qualify for the playoffs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977 NHL Amateur Draft Picks at hockeydb.com". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cleveland Barons Draft History at hockeydb.com". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.27, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  4. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  5. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 163, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.
  6. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/CLE/1978.html