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 and Bob Stewart
Alternate captains None
Arena Coliseum at Richfield
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. The NHL returned to the Buckeye State when the Columbus Blue Jackets began play in 2000.

Offseason[edit]

Amateur draft[edit]

Cleveland's picks at the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft, which was held at the NHL's office in Montreal 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 of the Philadelphia Flyers 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]

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; +/- = 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

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