1975–76 Minnesota Fighting Saints
Division 4th Western
1975–76 record 30–25–4
Goals for 211
Goals against 212
Team Information
General Manager Glen Sonmor
Coach Harry Neale
Alternate captains Wayne Connelly
Arena St. Paul Civic Center
Team Leaders
Goals Mike Walton (31)
Assists Mike Walton (40)
Points Mike Walton (71)
Penalties in minutes Curt Brackenbury (254)
Wins John Garrett (26)
Goals against average Jean-Louis Levasseur (3.11)
<1974–75

 

The 1975–76 Minnesota Fighting Saints season was the 4th season of the original Fighting Saints franchise in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Saints did not finish the season, disbanding after 59 games.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The Fighting Saints jerseys were the same design as in the 1973-74 season.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Western Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Houston Aeros 80 53 27 0 106 341 263 1093
Phoenix Roadrunners 80 39 35 6 84 302 287 1292
San Diego Mariners 80 36 38 6 78 303 290 716
Minnesota Fighting Saints 59 30 25 4 64 211 212 1354

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties Minutes
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 1975 4–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 1–0–0
2 W October 12, 1975 2–0 @ Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 2–0–0
3 L October 15, 1975 4–8 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 2–1–0
4 L October 18, 1975 1–3 Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 2–2–0
5 W October 21, 1975 2–1 @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 3–2–0
6 T October 23, 1975 4–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 3–2–1
7 L October 25, 1975 1–6 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 3–3–1
8 L October 29, 1975 4–6 Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 3–4–1
9 W November 1, 1975 3–2 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 4–4–1
10 L November 5, 1975 4–6 @ Houston Aeros (1975–76) 4–5–1
11 W November 8, 1975 4–3 Toronto Toros (1975–76) 5–5–1
12 L November 11, 1975 6–8 @ Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 5–6–1
13 W November 15, 1975 9–7 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 6–6–1
14 W November 16, 1975 3–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 7–6–1
15 L November 19, 1975 3–4 OT @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 7–7–1
16 W November 20, 1975 2–0 @ New England Whalers (1975–76) 8–7–1
17 L November 22, 1975 4–6 Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 8–8–1
18 W November 25, 1975 3–2 OT New England Whalers (1975–76) 9–8–1
19 W November 27, 1975 5–3 Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 10–8–1
20 L November 30, 1975 3–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 10–9–1
21 W December 5, 1975 4–3 Denver Spurs (1975–76) 11–9–1
22 W December 9, 1975 5–3 @ Toronto Toros (1975–76) 12–9–1
23 L December 10, 1975 2–3 @ New England Whalers (1975–76) 12–10–1
24 L December 12, 1975 0–1 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 12–11–1
25 W December 13, 1975 4–3 Houston Aeros (1975–76) 13–11–1
26 T December 17, 1975 0–0 New England Whalers (1975–76) 13–11–2
27 W December 20, 1975 6–3 Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 14–11–2
28 W December 21, 1975 3–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 15–11–2
29 W December 23, 1975 5–4 @ Denver Spurs (1975–76) 16–11–2
30 L December 27, 1975 0–5 @ Houston Aeros (1975–76) 16–12–2
31 L December 28, 1975 1–2 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 16–13–2
32 T December 30, 1975 4–4 Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 16–13–3
33 W January 3, 1976 3–1 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 17–13–3
34 L January 4, 1976 2–5 Ottawa Civics (1975–76) 17–14–3
35 W January 7, 1976 7–6 OT Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 18–14–3
36 L January 10, 1976 1–4 Houston Aeros (1975–76) 18–15–3
37 W January 11, 1976 7–4 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 19–15–3
38 L January 15, 1976 4–5 OT @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 19–16–3
39 L January 16, 1976 1–3 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 19–17–3
40 W January 17, 1976 4–2 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 20–17–3
41 W January 21, 1976 6–5 OT San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 21–17–3
42 L January 23, 1976 1–7 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 21–18–3
43 W January 25, 1976 5–2 Toronto Toros (1975–76) 22–18–3
44 W January 28, 1976 6–2 Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 23–18–3
45 W January 29, 1976 6–5 OT @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 24–18–3
46 W January 31, 1976 4–1 Houston Aeros (1975–76) 25–18–3
47 L February 1, 1976 5–6 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 25–19–3
48 L February 3, 1976 4–8 @ Houston Aeros (1975–76) 25–20–3
49 L February 4, 1976 1–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 25–21–3
50 L February 7, 1976 2–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 25–22–3
51 T February 8, 1976 3–3 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 25–22–4
52 W February 10, 1976 6–3 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 26–22–4
53 W February 11, 1976 4–2 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 27–22–4
54 W February 12, 1976 6–4 Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 28–22–4
55 L February 14, 1976 2–5 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 28–23–4
56 W February 17, 1976 6–3 @ Toronto Toros (1975–76) 29–23–4
57 W February 20, 1976 6–3 @ Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 30–23–4
58 L February 22, 1976 3–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 30–24–4
59 L February 25, 1976 1–2 OT San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 30–25–4

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Saints ceased operations before the playoffs.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
4 Walton, MikeMike Walton C 58 31 40 71 27 7 0 0 0
14 Keon, DaveDave Keon C 57 26 38 64 4 14 5 2 3
25 Huck, FranFran Huck C 59 17 32 49 27 9 0 0 0
7 Connelly, WayneWayne Connelly C 59 24 23 47 19 9 4 0 2
19 McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie RW 57 21 26 47 48 10 4 2 6
12 Antonovich, MikeMike Antonovich C 57 25 21 46 18 21 0 0 0
16 Boucha, HenryHenry Boucha C 36 15 20 35 47 3 0 0 0
3 Smith, RickRick Smith D 51 1 32 33 50 1 0 0 0
24 Holmgren, PaulPaul Holmgren RW 51 14 16 30 121 -7 0 0 0
10 Hampson, TedTed Hampson C 59 5 14 19 14 -3 0 1 0
20 Carlson, JackJack Carlson LW 58 8 10 18 189 -14 0 0 1
8 Gambucci, GaryGary Gambucci C 45 10 6 16 14 5 0 0 0
2 Butters, BillBill Butters D 59 0 15 15 170 19 0 0 0
9 Brackenbury, CurtCurt Brackenbury RW 59 4 9 13 254 7 0 0 0
6 Westrum, PatPat Westrum D 54 3 10 13 98 0 0 0 0
5 Busniuk, RonRon Busniuk RW 59 2 11 13 150 9 2 0 0
15 Odrowski, GerryGerry Odrowski D 37 1 12 13 10 -9 0 0 0
18 Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau C 30 3 6 9 4 -1 0 0 0
23 Zrymiak, JerryJerry Zrymiak D 22 0 8 8 16 2 0 0 0
11 Miller, PerryPerry Miller D 13 1 4 5 11 -5 0 0 0
Arbour, JohnJohn Arbour D 7 0 4 4 14 4 0 0 0
26 Ouimet, FrançoisFrançois Ouimet D 9 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
22 Carlson, JeffJeff Carlson RW 7 0 1 1 14 0 0 0 0
21 Carlson, SteveSteve Carlson C 10 0 1 1 23 -1 0 0 0
Sarner, CraigCraig Sarner RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Tetreault, JeanJean Tetreault LW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Levasseur, Jean-LouisJean-Louis Levasseur G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Curran, MikeMike Curran G 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
35 Garrett, JohnJohn Garrett G 52 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Garrett, JohnJohn Garrett 3179 52 26 22 4 177 3.34 2
Curran, MikeMike Curran 240 5 2 2 0 22 5.50 1
Levasseur, Jean-LouisJean-Louis Levasseur 193 4 2 1 0 10 3.11 0
Team: 3612 59 30 25 4 209 3.47 3

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Saints did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1975–76 Minnesota Fighting Saints Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-02.
  2. 1975-76 Minnesota Fighting Saints Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-02.
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