1975–76 New England Whalers season

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1975–76 New England Whalers
Division 3rd East
1975–76 record 33–40–7
Goals for 255
Goals against 290
Team information
General Manager Jack Kelley (Oct-Dec)
Ron Ryan (Dec-Apr)
Coach Jack Kelley (14-16-3)
Don Blackburn (14-18-3)
Harry Neale (5-6-1)
Captain Rick Ley
Team leaders
<1974–75 1976–77>

The 1975–76 New England Whalers season was the Whalers' fourth season of play. The Whalers once again made the playoffs but fell short of winning the Avco Cup, falling in the semi-finals to the Houston Aeros.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Indianapolis Racers 80 35 39 6 76 245 247 1301
Cleveland Crusaders 80 35 40 5 75 273 279 1356
New England Whalers 80 33 40 7 73 255 290 1012
Cincinnati Stingers 80 35 44 1 71 285 340 1344

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 11, 1975 0–5 Houston Aeros (1975–76) 0–1–0
2 W October 15, 1975 5–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 1–1–0
3 W October 18, 1975 3–1 Toronto Toros (1975–76) 2–1–0
4 L October 21, 1975 1–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 2–2–0
5 W October 24, 1975 5–4 @ Toronto Toros (1975–76) 3–2–0
6 W October 26, 1975 3–1 Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 4–2–0
7 W October 29, 1975 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 5–2–0
8 T October 31, 1975 2–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 5–2–1
9 L November 2, 1975 3–4 OT @ Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 5–3–1
10 L November 4, 1975 2–3 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 5–4–1
11 W November 6, 1975 8–3 Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 6–4–1
12 L November 8, 1975 2–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 6–5–1
13 L November 9, 1975 2–4 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 6–6–1
14 W November 12, 1975 4–1 Houston Aeros (1975–76) 7–6–1
15 L November 15, 1975 1–3 Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 7–7–1
16 L November 19, 1975 1–3 @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 7–8–1
17 L November 20, 1975 0–2 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 7–9–1
18 W November 22, 1975 7–5 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 8–9–1
19 L November 23, 1975 2–3 Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 8–10–1
20 L November 25, 1975 2–3 OT @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 8–11–1
21 W November 28, 1975 7–3 Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics (1975–76) 9–11–1
22 L November 29, 1975 2–3 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 9–12–1
23 W December 2, 1975 5–2 @ Houston Aeros (1975–76) 10–12–1
24 L December 4, 1975 4–5 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 10–13–1
25 L December 6, 1975 1–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 10–14–1
26 L December 7, 1975 1–5 @ Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics (1975–76) 10–15–1
27 W December 10, 1975 3–2 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 11–15–1
28 W December 13, 1975 5–4 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 12–15–1
29 T December 14, 1975 2–2 @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 12–15–2
30 T December 17, 1975 0–0 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 12–15–3
31 W December 19, 1975 4–2 Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 13–15–3
32 L December 20, 1975 2–4 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 13–16–3
33 W December 22, 1975 4–1 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 14–16–3
34 W December 26, 1975 4–3 Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 15–16–3
35 W December 28, 1975 4–0 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 16–16–3
36 W December 30, 1975 5–3 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 17–16–3
37 W January 3, 1976 3–2 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 18–16–3
38 L January 4, 1976 2–3 @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 18–17–3
39 W January 7, 1976 3–2 @ Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics (1975–76) 19–17–3
40 L January 9, 1976 3–5 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 19–18–3
41 W January 11, 1976 8–4 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 20–18–3
42 W January 15, 1976 5–2 Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 21–18–3
43 L January 16, 1976 3–4 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 21–19–3
44 L January 18, 1976 0–8 @ Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 21–20–3
45 T January 20, 1976 4–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 21–20–4
46 L January 21, 1976 3–9 @ Houston Aeros (1975–76) 21–21–4
47 T January 23, 1976 2–2 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 21–21–5
48 L January 24, 1976 3–6 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 21–22–5
49 W January 28, 1976 6–4 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 22–22–5
50 L January 30, 1976 3–6 Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 22–23–5
51 W February 1, 1976 7–5 @ Toronto Toros (1975–76) 23–23–5
52 L February 3, 1976 0–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 23–24–5
53 W February 5, 1976 6–4 @ Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 24–24–5
54 W February 7, 1976 7–3 Toronto Toros (1975–76) 25–24–5
55 L February 8, 1976 1–6 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 25–25–5
56 L February 13, 1976 1–5 Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 25–26–5
57 W February 15, 1976 3–2 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 26–26–5
58 L February 17, 1976 3–4 @ Houston Aeros (1975–76) 26–27–5
59 L February 19, 1976 3–10 @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 26–28–5
60 L February 22, 1976 0–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 26–29–5
61 L February 25, 1976 2–5 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 26–30–5
62 L February 26, 1976 2–5 Houston Aeros (1975–76) 26–31–5
63 T February 28, 1976 4–4 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 26–31–6
64 W March 2, 1976 4–3 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 27–31–6
65 L March 4, 1976 2–8 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 27–32–6
66 W March 6, 1976 5–3 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 28–32–6
67 L March 7, 1976 3–5 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 28–33–6
68 L March 10, 1976 2–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 28–34–6
69 W March 12, 1976 8–2 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 29–34–6
70 W March 13, 1976 5–1 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 30–34–6
71 L March 16, 1976 1–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 30–35–6
72 L March 17, 1976 2–5 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 30–36–6
73 W March 19, 1976 6–5 OT Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 31–36–6
74 T March 20, 1976 1–1 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 31–36–7
75 L March 24, 1976 6–7 Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 31–37–7
76 W March 26, 1976 4–1 Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 32–37–7
77 L March 28, 1976 1–3 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 32–38–7
78 L March 31, 1976 1–5 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 32–39–7
79 W April 3, 1976 5–2 @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 33–39–7
80 L April 4, 1976 2–4 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 33–40–7

Playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
W1 Houston Aeros 4
W3 San Diego Mariners 2
W1 Houston Aeros 4
E3 New England Whalers 3
E3 New England Whalers 4
E1 Indianapolis Racers 3
C1 Winnipeg Jets 4
W1 Houston Aeros 0
C3 Calgary Cowboys 4
C2 Quebec Nordiques 1
C1 Winnipeg Jets 4
C3 Calgary Cowboys 1
C1 Winnipeg Jets 4
C4 Edmonton Oilers 0

New England Whalers 3, Cleveland Crusaders 0 - Preliminary Round[edit]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 9 Cleveland Crusaders 3 – 5 New England Whalers 1-0
2 April 10 New England Whalers 6 – 1 Cleveland Crusaders 2-0
3 April 11 New England Whalers 3 – 2 Cleveland Crusaders 3-0

New England Whalers 4, Indianapolis Racers 3 - Division Quarterfinals[edit]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 16 New England Whalers 4 – 1 Indianapolis Racers 1-0
2 April 17 New England Whalers 0 – 4 Indianapolis Racers 1-1
3 April 21 Indianapolis Racers 0 – 3 New England Whalers 2-1
4 April 23 Indianapolis Racers 1 – 2 New England Whalers 3-1
5 April 24 New England Whalers 0 – 4 Indianapolis Racers 3-2
6 April 27 Indianapolis Racers 5 – 3 New England 3-3
7 April 29 New England Whalers 6 – 0 Indianapolis Racers 4-3

Houston Aeros 4, New England Whalers 3 - Division Semifinals[edit]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 May 5 New England Whalers 4 – 2 Houston Aeros 1-0
2 May 7 New England Whalers 2 – 5 Houston Aeros 1-1
3 May 9 Houston Aeros 1 – 4 New England Whalers 2-1
4 May 11 Houston Aeros 4 – 3 New England Whalers 2-2
5 May 13 New England Whalers 2 – 4 Houston Aeros 3-2
6 May 15 Houston Aeros 1 – 6 New England Whalers 3-3
7 May 16 New England Whalers 0 – 2 Houston Aeros 3-4

Player statistics[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Updated June 5, 1976.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Sweden Abrahamsson, ChristerChrister Abrahamsson G L 29 1974 Leksand, Sweden
6 Sweden Abrahamsson, ThommyThommy Abrahamsson D L 29 1974 Leksand, Sweden
19 Canada Arndt, DannyDanny Arndt LW L 21 1975 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
9 Canada Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C L 38 1975 Kirkland Lake, Ontario
22 Canada Blackburn, DonDon Blackburn LW L 38 1973 Kirkland Lake, Ontario
21 United States Bolduc, DanDan Bolduc RW L 23 1975 Waterville, Maine
22 Canada Borgeson, DonDon Borgeson LW L 31 1975 North Battleford, Saskatchewan
5 Canada Busniuk, RonRon Busniuk D R 27 1975 Fort William, Ontario
21 Canada Byers, MikeMike Byers RW R 29 1973 Toronto, Ontario
7 Canada Caffery, TerryTerry Caffery C R 27 1972 Toronto, Ontario
9 Canada Carleton, WayneWayne Carleton C L 29 1974 Sudbury, Ontario
18 Canada Charlebois, BobBob Charlebois LW L 32 1973 Cornwall, Ontario
15 Canada Climie, RonRon Climie LW L 26 1975 Hamilton, Ontario
12 Canada Danby, JohnJohn Danby C R 27 1972 Toronto, Ontario
27 Canada Earl, TommyTommy Earl LW R 28 1972 Niagara Falls, Ontario
23 United States Fotiu, NickNick Fotiu LW L 27 1974 Staten Island, New York
26 Canada Gateman, MartyMarty Gateman D L 23 1975 Southampton, Ontario
10 United States Hangsleben, AlanAlan Hangsleben D L 23 1975 Warroad, Minnesota
29 Canada Hoganson, PaulPaul Hoganson G L 26 1975 Toronto, Ontario
5 United States Hurley, PaulPaul Hurley D R 29 1972 Melrose, Massachusetts
30 Canada Landon, BruceBruce Landon G L 26 1972 Kingston, Ontario
2 Canada Ley, RickRick Ley D L 27 1972 Orillia, Ontario
11 United States McManama, BobBob McManama C L 24 1975 Belmont, Massachusetts
16 Canada O'Donnell, FredFred O'Donnell RW R 26 1974 Kingston, Ontario
12 Canada Paiement, RosaireRosaire Paiement C R 27 1975 Earlton, Ontario
4 United States Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau LW L 29 1972 Lynn, Massachusetts
35 United States Raeder, CapCap Raeder G L 22 1975 Needham, Massachusetts
- Canada Richardson, SteveSteve Richardson LW L 27 1975 Olds, Alberta
14 United States Roberts, DougDoug Roberts D R 33 1975 Detroit, Michigan
7 United States Roberts, GordieGordie Roberts D L 18 1975 Detroit, Michigan
17 Canada Rogers, MikeMike Rogers C L 21 1975 Calgary, Alberta
3 Canada Selwood, BradBrad Selwood D L 28 1972 Leamington, Ontario
20 Canada Swain, GarryGarry Swain C L 28 1974 Welland, Ontario
25 United States Troy, JimJim Troy RW R 23 1975 Boston, Massachusetts
8 Canada Webster, TomTom Webster RW R 27 1972 Kirkland Lake, Ontario


Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1975-76 New England Whalers Roster and Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 

External links[edit]