1976–77 Cleveland Barons season

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1976–77 Cleveland Barons (NHL)
Division4th Adams
Conference7th Wales
1976–77 record25–42–13
Goals for240
Goals against292
Team information
General ManagerBill McCreary
CoachJack Evans
CaptainJim Neilson and Bob Stewart
Alternate captainsNone
ArenaColiseum at Richfield
Team leaders
GoalsDennis Maruk (28)
AssistsDennis Maruk (50)
PointsDennis Maruk (78)
Penalty minutesLen Frig (213)
Plus/minusJim Pappin (+5)
WinsGilles Meloche (19)
Goals against averageGilles Meloche (3.47)

The 1976–77 Cleveland Barons season was the first season for this franchise in Cleveland, after nine seasons in the San Francisco Bay Area as the Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals. The Barons displaced the World Hockey Association's Cleveland Crusaders, who elected to relocate to Minnesota and become the Minnesota Fighting Saints.

The Barons played in the tough Adams Division and spent most of the season in last place. Midway through the season, majority owner Melvin Swig announced the team might have trouble finishing the season. The club missed payroll twice in February, and only a loan from the league and NHLPA kept the team afloat. Following the season, minority owner George Gund III purchased a controlling interest in the club.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Amateur Draft[edit]

The franchise participated in the 1976 Amateur Draft as the California Golden Seals, the move to Cleveland not being approved until mid-July.

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 5. Bjorn Johansson  Sweden HK Örebro (Sweden Division 1)
2 23. Vern Stenlund  Canada London Knights (OMJHL)
3 41. Mike Fidler  United States Boston University Terriers (ECAC)
4 59. Warren Young  Canada Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA)
5 77. Darcy Regier  Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WCHL)
5 79. Cal Sandbeck  United States University of Denver Pioneers (WCHA)
6 95. Jouni Rinne  Finland Lukko (SM-liiga)

Regular season[edit]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 49 23 8 312 240 106
Buffalo Sabres 80 48 24 8 301 220 104
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 33 32 15 301 285 81
Cleveland Barons 80 25 42 13 240 292 63

[2]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.
[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Tie (1 point)

Detailed records

Player stats[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Dennis Maruk 80 28 50 78 68 - - - - -
Al MacAdam 80 22 41 63 68 - - - - -
Wayne Merrick 80 18 38 56 25 - - - - -
Bob Murdoch 57 23 19 42 30 - - - - -
Rick Hampton 57 16 24 40 13 - - - - -
Dave Gardner 76 16 22 38 9 - - - - -
Mike Fidler 46 17 16 33 17 - - - - -
Mike Christie 79 6 27 33 79 - - - - -
Ralph Klassen 80 14 18 32 23 - - - - -
Greg Smith 74 9 17 26 65 - - - - -
Frank Spring 26 11 10 21 6 - - - - -
Bob Girard 68 11 10 21 33 - - - - -
Brent Meeke 49 8 13 21 4 - - - - -
Jim Neilson 47 3 17 20 42 - - - - -
Gary Sabourin 33 7 11 18 4 - - - - -
Jim Moxey 35 7 7 14 20 - - - - -
Juha Widing 29 6 8 14 10 - - - - -
Bob Stewart 73 1 12 13 108 - - - - -
Jim Pappin 24 2 8 10 8 - - - - -
Len Frig 66 2 7 9 213 - - - - -
Fred Ahern 25 4 4 8 20 - - - - -
Phil Roberto 21 3 4 7 8 - - - - -
Glenn Patrick 35 2 3 5 70 - - - - -
Ken Kuzyk 13 0 5 5 2 - - - - -
Angie Moretto 5 1 2 3 2 - - - - -
Gilles Meloche 51 0 3 3 18 - - - - -
Charlie Simmer 24 2 0 2 16 - - - - -
Bjorn Johansson 10 1 1 2 4 - - - - -
Gary Holt 2 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Gary Edwards 17 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Lyle Bradley 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tom Price 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Vern Stenlund 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rick Shinske 5 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Gary Simmons 15 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

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Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Barons. Stats reflect time with the Barons only. Traded/released 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 51 2961 19 24 6 171 2 3.47 - - - - - - -.--
Gary Simmons 15 840 2 8 4 51 1 3.64 - - - - - - -.--
Gary Edwards 17 999 4 10 3 68 2 4.08 - - - - - - -.--

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

Transactions[edit]

The Barons were involved in the following transactions during the 1976–77 season:

Trades[edit]

January 22, 1977 To Cleveland Barons
Gary Edwards
Juha Widing
To Los Angeles Kings
Jim Moxey
Gary Simmons

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Ken Kuzyk Boston University (NCAA) free agency (1976-09)
Phil Roberto Colorado Rockies free agency (1976-12-24)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Tom Price Pittsburgh Penguins free agency (1977-02-28)
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