1976–77 New England Whalers season

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1976–77 New England Whalers
Division 4th East
1976–77 record 35–40–6
Goals for 275
Goals against 290
Team information
General Manager Ron Ryan
Coach Harry Neale
Captain Rick Ley
Team leaders
<1975–76 1977–78>

The 1976–77 New England Whalers season was the fifth season of operation of the New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association. The Whalers placed fourth in the Eastern Division, qualifying fourth for the playoffs, losing in the first round to the Quebec Nordiques.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Quebec Nordiques 81 47 31 3 353 295 97
Cincinnati Stingers 81 39 37 5 354 303 83
Indianapolis Racers 81 36 37 8 276 305 80
New England Whalers 81 35 40 6 275 290 76
Birmingham Bulls 81 31 46 4 289 309 66
Minnesota Fighting Saints 42 19 18 5 136 129 43

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 8, 1976 0–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 0–1–0
2 L October 10, 1976 2–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 0–2–0
3 L October 16, 1976 2–8 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 0–3–0
4 T October 19, 1976 4–4 @ Houston Aeros (1976–77) 0–3–1
5 W October 22, 1976 5–2 Houston Aeros (1976–77) 1–3–1
6 W October 23, 1976 5–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 2–3–1
7 L October 26, 1976 0–1 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 2–4–1
8 W October 29, 1976 5–1 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 3–4–1
9 W October 30, 1976 5–4 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 4–4–1
10 W November 5, 1976 4–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 5–4–1
11 L November 7, 1976 2–4 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 5–5–1
12 L November 9, 1976 4–5 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 5–6–1
13 T November 11, 1976 3–3 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 5–6–2
14 L November 12, 1976 1–3 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 5–7–2
15 W November 16, 1976 5–4 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 6–7–2
16 W November 17, 1976 6–4 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 7–7–2
17 L November 19, 1976 3–7 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 7–8–2
18 T November 20, 1976 3–3 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 7–8–3
19 L November 23, 1976 3–4 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 7–9–3
20 W November 25, 1976 5–3 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 8–9–3
21 L November 27, 1976 1–3 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 8–10–3
22 L November 28, 1976 3–4 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 8–11–3
23 L November 30, 1976 1–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 8–12–3
24 W December 1, 1976 8–4 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 9–12–3
25 T December 3, 1976 5–5 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 9–12–4
26 L December 4, 1976 2–6 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 9–13–4
27 L December 7, 1976 2–4 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 9–14–4
28 W December 8, 1976 5–1 Houston Aeros (1976–77) 10–14–4
29 W December 11, 1976 3–2 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 11–14–4
30 L December 12, 1976 1–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 11–15–4
31 W December 14, 1976 3–1 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 12–15–4
32 L December 17, 1976 4–5 OT Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 12–16–4
33 W December 18, 1976 6–2 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 13–16–4
34 L December 21, 1976 0–4 @ Houston Aeros (1976–77) 13–17–4
35 W December 23, 1976 5–3 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 14–17–4
36 W December 26, 1976 3–2 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 15–17–4
37 L December 28, 1976 4–5 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 15–18–4
38 W December 30, 1976 6–4 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 16–18–4
39 W January 2, 1977 3–2 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 17–18–4
40 L January 4, 1977 3–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 17–19–4
41 L January 5, 1977 1–2 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 17–20–4
42 L January 7, 1977 3–7 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 17–21–4
43 L January 8, 1977 3–4 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 17–22–4
44 L January 11, 1977 2–8 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 17–23–4
45 L January 13, 1977 1–4 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 17–24–4
46 L January 14, 1977 3–5 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 17–25–4
47 L January 20, 1977 4–5 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 17–26–4
48 T January 22, 1977 3–3 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 17–26–5
49 W January 23, 1977 4–3 OT Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 18–26–5
50 L January 25, 1977 2–4 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 18–27–5
51 W January 27, 1977 5–3 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 19–27–5
52 W January 28, 1977 6–2 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 20–27–5
53 L January 30, 1977 0–5 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 20–28–5
54 L February 1, 1977 3–4 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 20–29–5
55 L February 4, 1977 1–4 @ Houston Aeros (1976–77) 20–30–5
56 L February 5, 1977 3–8 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 20–31–5
57 T February 6, 1977 5–5 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 20–31–6
58 W February 10, 1977 6–3 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 21–31–6
59 L February 12, 1977 1–5 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 21–32–6
60 W February 13, 1977 5–4 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 22–32–6
61 W February 17, 1977 4–2 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 23–32–6
62 L February 18, 1977 2–3 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 23–33–6
63 W February 20, 1977 5–0 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 24–33–6
64 L February 22, 1977 3–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 24–34–6
65 W February 25, 1977 3–2 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 25–34–6
66 W February 27, 1977 3–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 26–34–6
67 W March 2, 1977 2–0 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 27–34–6
68 W March 4, 1977 3–2 Houston Aeros (1976–77) 28–34–6
69 W March 6, 1977 6–2 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 29–34–6
70 L March 9, 1977 3–4 OT @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 29–35–6
71 L March 11, 1977 3–6 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 29–36–6
72 L March 13, 1977 3–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 29–37–6
73 W March 18, 1977 3–1 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 30–37–6
74 W March 20, 1977 9–0 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 31–37–6
75 L March 24, 1977 4–5 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 31–38–6
76 L March 26, 1977 2–4 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 31–39–6
77 W March 27, 1977 5–2 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 32–39–6
78 W March 29, 1977 5–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 33–39–6
79 W March 31, 1977 6–2 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 34–39–6
80 W April 2, 1977 3–2 OT @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 35–39–6
81 L April 5, 1977 2–7 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 35–40–6

Playoffs[edit]

The Whalers met the Quebec Nordiques in the first round of the playoffs. The Nordiques defeated the Whalers 4–1 to win the round. The Nordiques would go on to win the league championship.

Player statistics[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Updated June 5, 1977.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
1 Sweden Abrahamsson, ChristerChrister Abrahamsson G L 30 1974 Leksand, Sweden
6 Sweden Abrahamsson, ThommyThommy Abrahamsson D L 30 1974 Leksand, Sweden
12 United States Antonovich, MikeMike Antonovich C L 25 1976 Calumet, Minnesota
19 Canada Arndt, DannyDanny Arndt LW L 22 1975 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
9 Canada Backstrom, RalphRalph Backstrom C L 39 1975 Kirkland Lake, Ontario
21 United States Bolduc, DanDan Bolduc RW L 24 1975 Waterville, Maine
5 Canada Busniuk, RonRon Busniuk D R 28 1975 Fort William, Ontario
18 United States Butters, BillBill Butters D R 26 1976 Saint Paul, Minnesota
22 Canada Callighen, BrettBrett Callighen RW L 24 1976 Toronto, Ontario
23 United States Carlson, JackJack Carlson LW L 22 1976 Virginia, Minnesota
26 United States Carlson, SteveSteve Carlson C L 21 1976 Virginia, Minnesota
15 Canada Climie, RonRon Climie LW L 27 1975 Hamilton, Ontario
27 Canada Earl, TommyTommy Earl LW R 29 1972 Niagara Falls, Ontario
10 United States Hangsleben, AlanAlan Hangsleben D L 24 1975 Warroad, Minnesota
19 United States Hanson, DaveDave Hanson D L 23 1976 Cumberland, Wisconsin
11 United States Hynes, DaveDave Hynes LW L 26 1976 Cambridge, Massachusetts
14 Canada Keon, DaveDave Keon C L 37 1976 Noranda, Quebec
30 Canada Landon, BruceBruce Landon G L 27 1972 Kingston, Ontario
2 Canada Ley, RickRick Ley D L 28 1972 Orillia, Ontario
16 Canada Lyle, GeorgeGeorge Lyle LW L 23 1976 North Vancouver, British Columbia
12 Canada MacGregor, GaryGary MacGregor C L 22 1976 Kingston, Ontario
19 Canada McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie RW R 39 1976 High River, Alberta
12 Canada Paiement, RosaireRosaire Paiement C R 28 1975 Earlton, Ontario
4 United States Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau LW L 30 1972 Lynn, Massachusetts
35 United States Raeder, CapCap Raeder G L 23 1975 Needham, Massachusetts
14 United States Roberts, DougDoug Roberts D R 34 1975 Detroit, Michigan
7 United States Roberts, GordieGordie Roberts D L 19 1975 Detroit, Michigan
17 Canada Rogers, MikeMike Rogers C L 22 1975 Calgary, Alberta
3 Canada Selwood, BradBrad Selwood D L 29 1972 Leamington, Ontario
24 United States Smedsmo, DaleDale Smedsmo LW L 26 1976 Bemidji, Minnesota
20 Canada Swain, GarryGarry Swain C L 29 1974 Welland, Ontario
25 United States Troy, JimJim Troy RW R 24 1975 Boston, Massachusetts
8 Canada Webster, TomTom Webster RW R 28 1972 Kirkland Lake, Ontario


Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1976-77 New England Whalers Roster and Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 

External links[edit]