1975–76 New England Whalers
Division 3rd Eastern
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
Arena Hartford Civic Center
Team Leaders
Goals Tom Webster (30)
Assists Tom Webster (53)
Points Tom Webster (83)
Penalties in minutes Gordie Roberts (102)
Wins Christer Abrahamsson (18)
Goals against average Christer Abrahamsson (3.42)
<1974–75 1976–77>

The 1975–76 New England Whalers season was the 3rd season of the Whalers' franchise in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Whalers finished 3rd in the Eastern Division and lost in the Semi-finals to the Houston Aeros 4 games to 3.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The Whalers jerseys were the same design as in the 1974-75 season.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

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

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 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 (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 (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 @ 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 | edit source]

New England Whalers 3, Cleveland Crusaders 0[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Ron Grahame stops Tom Webster, Game 7 of the 1976 Semi-finals, May 16, 1976.

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 Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

# Player Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
8 Tom Webster 55 33 50 83 52 17 10 9 19 6
4 Larry Pleau 75 29 45 74 21 14 5 7 12 0
12 Rosaire Paiement 80 28 43 71 89 17 4 11 15 41
15 Ron Climie 65 25 20 45 17
2 Rick Ley 67 8 30 38 78 17 1 4 5 49
6 Thommy Abrahamsson 63 14 21 35 47 17 2 4 6 15
9 Ralph Backstrom 38 14 19 33 6 17 5 4 9 8
9 Wayne Carleton 35 12 21 33 6
17 Mike Rogers 36 18 14 32 10 17 5 8 13 2
20 Gary Swain 79 10 16 26 46 17 3 2 5 15
10 Alan Hangsleben 78 2 23 25 62 13 2 3 5 20
16 Fred O'Donnell 79 11 11 22 81 17 2 5 7 20
7, 22 Gordie Roberts 77 3 19 22 102 17 2 9 11 36
27 Tommy Earl 66 8 11 19 26 17 0 5 5 4
22 Don Borgeson 31 9 8 17 4 3 1 1 2 0
14, 17 Doug Roberts 76 4 13 17 51 17 1 1 2 8
19 Danny Arndt 69 8 8 16 10 8 0 0 0 0
5 Paul Hurley 46 0 14 14 20
11 Bob McManama 37 3 10 13 28 12 4 3 7 4
3 Brad Selwood 40 2 10 12 28 17 2 2 4 27
21 Mike Byers 18 4 3 7 0
21 Dan Bolduc 14 2 5 7 14 16 1 6 7 4
18 Bob Charlebois 28 3 3 6 0
23 Nick Fotiu 49 3 2 5 94 16 3 2 5 57
22 Don Blackburn 21 2 3 5 6
5 Ron Busniuk 11 0 3 3 55 17 0 2 2 14
29 Paul Hoganson 4 0 1 1 0
26 Marty Gateman 12 0 1 1 6
30 Bruce Landon 38 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0
1 Christer Abrahamsson 40 0 1 1 6 1 0 0 0 0
30 Gaye Cooley 1 0 0 0 0
John Danby 1 0 0 0 0
7 Terry Caffery 2 0 0 0 0
35 Cap Raeder 3 0 0 0 0 14 0 1 1 0
17 Steve Richardson 6 0 0 0 0
25 Jim Troy 14 0 0 0 43 2 0 0 0 29

Statistics for all players reflect only games played with the Whalers.

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Abrahamsson, ChristerChrister Abrahamsson 2385 41 18 18 2 136 3.42 2
Landon, BruceBruce Landon 2181 38 14 19 5 126 3.47 0
Hoganson, PaulPaul Hoganson 224 4 1 2 0 16 4.29 0
Raeder, CapCap Raeder 100 2 0 1 0 8 4.80 0

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Whalers did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

New England's draft picks at the 1975 WHA Amateur Draft.[1]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 13 Terry McDonald (C)  Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
2 28 Danny Arndt (LW)  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
3 43 Matti Hagman (C)  Finland HIFK (SM-sarja)
4 58 Derek Spring (F)  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WCHL)
5 72 Gary McFadyen (RW)  Canada Hull Festivals (QMJHL)
6 86 Terry Martin (F)  Canada London Knights (OHA)
7 99 John Tweedle (F)  Canada Lake Superior State University (CCHA)
8 111 Mike Harazny (D)  Canada Regina Pats (WCHL)
9 123 Dave Norris (LW)  Canada Hamilton Fincups (OHA)
10 136 Paul Stevenson (F)  USA Brown University (ECAC)
11 149 Clark Jantzie (F)  Canada University of Alberta (CWUAA)

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1975 WHA Amateur Draft. Retrieved on December 19, 2018.
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