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1975–76 New York Rangers · NHL
Division 4th Patrick
Conference 7th Clarence Campbell
1975–76 record 29–42–9
Goals for 262
Goals against 333
General Manager Emile Francis
John Ferguson, Sr.
Coach Ron Stewart
John Ferguson, Sr.
Captain Phil Esposito
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Rod Gilbert (36)
Assists Rod Gilbert (50)
Points Rod Gilbert (86)
Penalties in minutes Carol Vadnais (104)
Wins John Davidson (22)
Goals against average John Davidson (3.97)
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1974–75 1976–77

The 1975–76 New York Rangers season was the 50th season for the team in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rangers finished 4th in the Patrick Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The Rangers chose Wayne Dillon as their first pick in the 1975 draft. Dillon was already playing professionally with the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

On November 11, 1975 the New York Rangers pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Boston Bruins, exchanging Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.[1]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 51 13 16 348 209 118
New York Islanders 80 42 21 17 297 190 101
Atlanta Flames 80 35 33 12 262 237 82
New York Rangers 80 29 42 9 262 333 67

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
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 T October 8, 1975 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 0–0–1
2 W October 10, 1975 2–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 1–0–1
3 L October 12, 1975 4–6 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 1–1–1
4 W October 15, 1975 3–1 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 2–1–1
5 L October 18, 1975 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 2–2–1
6 W October 19, 1975 8–1 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 3–2–1
7 L October 22, 1975 1–9 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 3–3–1
8 L October 25, 1975 1–7 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 3–4–1
9 L October 26, 1975 2–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 3–5–1
10 W October 29, 1975 3–1 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 4–5–1
11 L November 1, 1975 0–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 4–6–1
12 L November 2, 1975 4–6 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 4–7–1
13 W November 4, 1975 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 5–7–1
14 L November 7, 1975 5–7 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 5–8–1
15 L November 8, 1975 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 5–9–1
16 L November 11, 1975 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 5–10–1
17 T November 12, 1975 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 5–10–2
18 W November 15, 1975 5–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 6–10–2
19 W November 16, 1975 3–0 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 7–10–2
20 L November 19, 1975 4–6 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 7–11–2
21 L November 22, 1975 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 7–12–2
22 W November 23, 1975 3–2 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 8–12–2
23 L November 26, 1975 4–6 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 8–13–2
24 L November 29, 1975 3–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 8–14–2
25 W November 30, 1975 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 9–14–2
26 T December 4, 1975 6–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 9–14–3
27 W December 5, 1975 3–2 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 10–14–3
28 W December 7, 1975 5–2 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 11–14–3
29 T December 10, 1975 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 11–14–4
30 W December 11, 1975 5–1 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 12–14–4
31 W December 13, 1975 5–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 13–14–4
32 L December 14, 1975 1–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 13–15–4
33 L December 17, 1975 0–3 New York Islanders (1975–76) 13–16–4
34 L December 19, 1975 3–8 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 13–17–4
35 W December 21, 1975 2–0 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 14–17–4
36 W December 23, 1975 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 15–17–4
37 L December 31, 1975 1–8 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 15–18–4
38 L January 4, 1976 6–8 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 15–19–4
39 L January 6, 1976 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 15–20–4
40 W January 10, 1976 8–4 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 16–20–4
41 W January 11, 1976 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 17–20–4
42 L January 14, 1976 1–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 17–21–4
43 L January 16, 1976 0–7 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 17–22–4
44 L January 18, 1976 3–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 17–23–4
45 T January 21, 1976 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 17–23–5
46 L January 23, 1976 5–7 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 17–24–5
47 L January 25, 1976 1–4 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 17–25–5
48 T January 28, 1976 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 17–25–6
49 W January 29, 1976 6–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 18–25–6
50 L January 31, 1976 4–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 18–26–6
51 W February 1, 1976 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 19–26–6
52 L February 4, 1976 5–6 New York Islanders (1975–76) 19–27–6
53 W February 7, 1976 5–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 20–27–6
54 L February 8, 1976 0–3 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 20–28–6
55 L February 12, 1976 1–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 20–29–6
56 L February 13, 1976 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 20–30–6
57 W February 15, 1976 5–1 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 21–30–6
58 W February 17, 1976 3–1 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 22–30–6
59 W February 18, 1976 11–4 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 23–30–6
60 L February 20, 1976 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 23–31–6
61 L February 22, 1976 2–5 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 23–32–6
62 L February 25, 1976 4–6 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 23–33–6
63 L February 28, 1976 3–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 23–34–6
64 T February 29, 1976 1–1 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 23–34–7
65 T March 3, 1976 3–3 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 23–34–8
66 L March 5, 1976 3–8 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 23–35–8
67 T March 7, 1976 6–6 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 23–35–9
68 L March 11, 1976 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 23–36–9
69 W March 13, 1976 7–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 24–36–9
70 L March 16, 1976 2–5 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 24–37–9
71 W March 17, 1976 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 25–37–9
72 L March 20, 1976 1–8 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 25–38–9
73 L March 21, 1976 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 25–39–9
74 L March 24, 1976 3–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 25–40–9
75 L March 25, 1976 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 25–41–9
76 W March 27, 1976 6–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 26–41–9
77 W March 28, 1976 4–2 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 27–41–9
78 W March 31, 1976 3–1 New York Islanders (1975–76) 28–41–9
79 L April 3, 1976 2–10 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 28–42–9
80 W April 4, 1976 2–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 29–42–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Rangers did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert RW 70 36 50 86 32 -8 9 0 4
Vickers, SteveSteve Vickers LW 80 30 53 83 40 -17 10 0 4
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito C 62 29 38 67 28 -39 16 1 2
Middleton, RickRick Middleton RW 77 24 26 50 14 -38 7 0 5
Vadnais, CarolCarol Vadnais D 64 20 30 50 104 -17 7 0 1
Dillon, WayneWayne Dillon C 79 21 24 45 10 -11 3 0 1
Stemkowski, PetePete Stemkowski C 75 13 28 41 49 -7 1 0 2
Polis, GregGreg Polis LW 79 15 21 36 77 -8 0 0 1
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 70 14 22 36 36 -29 0 0 1
Tkaczuk, WaltWalt Tkaczuk C 78 8 28 36 56 -10 1 0 1
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn RW 80 13 15 28 8 -14 2 1 2
Greschner, RonRon Greschner D 77 6 21 27 93 -51 2 0 0
Marotte, GillesGilles Marotte D 57 4 17 21 34 -3 1 0 0
Ratelle, JeanJean Ratelle C 13 5 10 15 2 2 2 0 1
Sacharuk, LarryLarry Sacharuk D 42 6 7 13 14 -14 4 0 2
Holland, JerryJerry Holland LW 36 7 4 11 6 -5 2 0 1
Bednarski, JohnJohn Bednarski D 59 1 8 9 77 -15 0 0 0
Beverley, NickNick Beverley D 63 1 8 9 46 -9 0 0 0
Collins, BillBill Collins RW 50 4 4 8 38 -19 0 1 0
Park, BradBrad Park D 13 2 4 6 23 -4 0 0 1
Maloney, DaveDave Maloney D 21 1 3 4 66 -7 0 0 0
Jarrett, DougDoug Jarrett D 45 0 4 4 19 -26 0 0 0
Johnstone, EddieEddie Johnstone RW 10 2 1 3 4 4 0 0 0
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson G 56 0 2 2 8 0 0 0 0
Harris, RonRon Harris D 3 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert G 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Holst, GregGreg Holst C 2 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Lewis, DaleDale Lewis LW 8 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Sanderson, DerekDerek Sanderson C 8 0 0 0 4 -8 0 0 0
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wilson, DuncDunc Wilson G 20 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 3207 56 22 28 5 212 3.97 3
Wilson, DuncDunc Wilson 1080 20 5 9 3 76 4.22 0
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 273 8 2 2 0 24 5.27 0
Giacomin, EdEd Giacomin 240 4 0 3 1 19 4.75 0
Team: 4800 80 29 42 9 331 4.14 3

[2]

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]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Source: - Search Results. hockeytransactions.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 12 Wayne Dillon (C) Flag of Canada Canada Toronto Toros (WHA)

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hockey Transactions Search Results. hockeytransactions.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
  2. 1975-76 New York Rangers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
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