1975–76 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1975–76 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 3rd Norris
Conference 6th Wales
1975–76 record 35–33–12
Goals for 339
Goals against 303
Team information
General Manager Wren Blair
Coach Marc Boileau (Oct–Jan)
Ken Schinkel (Jan–Apr)
Captain Ron Schock
Alternate captains None
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Pierre Larouche (53)
Assists Syl Apps, Jr. (67)
Points Pierre Larouche (111)
Penalties in minutes Steve Durbano (161)
Wins Michel Plasse (24)
Goals against average Michel Plasse (3.45)

The 1975–76 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their ninth in the National Hockey League. They finished third in the Norris Division, as they had in 1974–75. Despite strong seasons by Pierre Larouche, who set new club records in goals scored in a season (53) and points in a season (111), Jean Pronovost and Syl Apps, Jr. (who set a new club record for assists in a season with 67) the Penguins powerful offense scored a meagre three goals in three games against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the preliminary round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, ending their season.

Regular season[edit]

Division standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 58 11 11 337 174 127
Los Angeles Kings 80 38 33 9 263 265 85
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 35 33 12 339 303 82
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 44 10 226 300 62
Washington Capitals 80 11 59 10 224 394 32

[1]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.[2]

Schedule and results[edit]

1975–76 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

Preliminary Round vs. Toronto

Pittsburgh 1 Toronto 4

Toronto 0 Pittsburgh 2

Pittsburgh 0 Toronto 4

Toronto Wins Series 2–1

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[5]
Player GP W L T GA SO
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse 55 24 19 10 178 2
Inness, GaryGary Inness 23 8 9 2 82 0
Laxton, GordonGordon Laxton 8 3 4 0 31 0
Taylor, BobbyBobby Taylor 2 0 1 0 7 0
Total 35 33 12 298 2
Playoffs[6]
Player GP W L T GA SO
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse 3 1 2 0 8 1
Total 1 2 0 8 1

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1975–76 season:

Trades[edit]

November 26, 1975 To Washington Capitals

Bob Paradise

To Pittsburgh Penguins

1976 2nd round pick

December 16, 1975 To Washington Capitals

Harvey Bennett Jr.

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Stan Gilbertson

January 9, 1976 To Kansas City Scouts

Chuck Arnason
Steve Durbano
1976 1st round pick

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Ed Gilbert
Simon Nolet
1976 1st round pick

March 8, 1976 To Philadelphia Flyers

Gary Inness
1977 9th round pick
1977 eleventh round pick
1977 tenth round pick
1977 twelfth round pick
future considerations (1977 8th round pick)

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Bobby Taylor
Ed Van Impe

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Larry Bignell Denver Spurs (WHA) free agency
Bob Johnson Denver Spurs (WHA) free agency (1975-09)
Bob McManama New England Whalers (WHA) free agency
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Awards and honors[edit]

Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
26 Canada Apps Jr., SylSyl Apps Jr. C R 28 1964 Toronto, Ontario
14 Canada Bianchin, WayneWayne Bianchin RW L 22 1973 Nanaimo, British Columbia
4 Canada Burrows, DavidDavid Burrows D L 27 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
6 Canada Campbell, ColinColin Campbell D L 23 1973 Toronto, Ontario
27 Canada Cossette, JacquesJacques Cossette RW R 21 1974 Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
24 Canada Faubert, MarioMario Faubert D R 21 1974 Valleyfield, Quebec
23 Canada Gilbert, EdEd Gilbert C L 24 1972 Hamilton, Ontario
15 United States Gilbertson, StanStan Gilbertson LW L 31 Undrafted Duluth, Minnesota
11 Canada Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield LW L 35 Undrafted Oakville, Ontario
8 Canada Kehoe, RickRick Kehoe RW R 24 1971 Windsor, Ontario
22 Canada Kelly, JohnJohn Kelly RW L 29 1967 Fort William, Ontario
10 Canada Larouche, PierrePierre Larouche C R 20 1974 Taschereau, Quebec
1 Canada Laxton, GordonGordon Laxton G L 21 1975 Montreal, Quebec
18 Canada MacDonald, LowellLowell MacDonald LW R 34 Undrafted New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
15 United States McManama, BobBob McManama C L 24 Undrafted Belmont, Massachusetts
16 Canada Morrison, LewLew Morrison RW R 28 1968 Gainsborough, Saskatchewan
9 Canada Nolet, SimonSimon Nolet RW R 34 Undrafted St-Odilon, Quebec
25 Canada Owchar, DennisDennis Owchar D R 23 1973 Dryden, Ontario
31 Canada Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse G L 27 1968 Montreal, Quebec
19 Canada Pronovost, JosephJoseph Pronovost RW R 30 Undrafted Shawinigan Falls, Quebec
17 Canada Schock, RonRon Schock C L 32 Undrafted Chapleau, Ontario
3 Canada Stackhouse, RonaldRonald Stackhouse D R 26 1969 Haliburton, Ontario
30 Canada Taylor, BobbyBobby Taylor G L 31 Undrafted Calgary, Alberta
2 Canada Van Impe, EdEd Van Impe D L 35 Undrafted Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
5 Canada Wilkins, BarryBarry Wilkins D L 29 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario

Draft picks[edit]

The 1975 NHL Amateur Draft was held in Montreal, Quebec.[7]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 13 Gordon Laxton Goaltender  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
2 31 Russell Anderson Defense  United States U. of Minnesota (NCAA)
3 49 Paul Baxter Defense  Canada Cleveland Crusaders (WHA)
4 67 Stu Younger Left Wing Michigan Tech (NCAA)
5 85 Kimbel Clackson Defense  Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
6 103 Peter Morris Forward Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
7 121 Mike Will Forward Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
8 139 Tapio Levo Defense  Finland (Finland Jr. Nationals)
9 155 Byron Shutt Left Wing  Canada Bowling Green State University (NCAA)
10 170 Frank Salive Goaltender Peterborough Petes (OHA)
11 185 John Glynne Defense U. of Vermont (NCAA)
12 196 Alexander Hudson Defense  Canada U. of Denver (NCAA)
13 202 Dan Tsubouchi Right Wing St. Louis University (NCAA)
14 206 Bronisla Stankovsky Forward Fargo-Moorhead Sugar Kings (MJHL)
16 217 Kelly Secord Forward New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)

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