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1975–76 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 3rd Norris
Conference 6th Prince of Wales
1975–76 record 35-33-12
Goals for 339
Goals against 303
General Manager Wren Blair
Coach Marc Boileau (fired Jan 17/76)
Ken Schinkel
Captain Ron Schock
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Pierre Larouche (53)
Assists Syl Apps, Jr. (67)
Points Pierre Larouche (111)
Penalties in minutes Steve Durbano (161)
Wins Michel Plasse (24)
Goals against average Michel Plasse (3.45)
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1974–75 1976–77

The 1975–76 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their 9th in the National Hockey League. They finished 3rd in the Norris Division, as they had in 1974–75. Despite strong seasons by Pierre Larouche, who set new club records in goals scored in a season (53) and points in a season (111), Jean Pronovost and Syl Apps, Jr. (who set a new club record for assists in a season with 67) the Penguins powerful offense scored a meagre three goals in three games against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Preliminary round and lost 2 games to 1.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 3. Gordie Laxton Flag of Canada Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
2 31. Russ Anderson Flag of the United States United States University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA)
3 49. Paul Baxter Flag of Canada Canada Cleveland Crusaders (WHA)
4 67. Stu Younger Flag of Canada Canada Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA)
5 85. Kim Clackson Flag of Canada Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
6 103. Peter Morris Flag of Canada Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
7 121. Mike Will Flag of Canada Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
8 139. Tapio Levo Flag of Finland Finland Assat Pori (SM-liiga)
9 155. Byron Shutt Flag of Canada Canada Bowling Green Falcons (CCHA)
10 170. Frank Salive Flag of Canada Canada Peterborough Petes (OMJHL)
11 185. John Glynne Flag of the United States United States University of Vermont Catamounts (ECAC)
12 196. Lex Hudson Flag of Canada Canada University of Denver Pioneers (WCHA)
13 202. Dan Tsubouchi Flag of Canada Canada Saint Louis University Billikens (CCHA)
14 206. Bronislav Stankovsky Flag of the United States United States Fargo-Moorhead Sugar Kings (MidJHL)
16 217. Kelly Secord Flag of Canada Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 58 11 11 337 174 127
Los Angeles Kings 80 38 33 9 263 265 85
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 35 33 12 339 303 82
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 44 10 226 300 62
Washington Capitals 80 11 59 10 224 394 32

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.
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Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1975 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 1–0–0
2 W October 11, 1975 7–5 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 2–0–0
3 W October 15, 1975 8–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 3–0–0
4 W October 18, 1975 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 4–0–0
5 L October 21, 1975 1–7 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 4–1–0
6 T October 25, 1975 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 4–1–1
7 L October 30, 1975 0–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 4–2–1
8 L November 1, 1975 3–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 4–3–1
9 L November 2, 1975 2–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 4–4–1
10 W November 5, 1975 7–6 New York Islanders (1975–76) 5–4–1
11 W November 6, 1975 5–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 6–4–1
12 L November 8, 1975 5–7 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 6–5–1
13 L November 9, 1975 4–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 6–6–1
14 T November 12, 1975 6–6 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 6–6–2
15 L November 13, 1975 4–5 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 6–7–2
16 L November 15, 1975 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 6–8–2
17 L November 18, 1975 3–5 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 6–9–2
18 W November 21, 1975 4–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 7–9–2
19 W November 22, 1975 6–3 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 8–9–2
20 W November 26, 1975 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 9–9–2
21 W November 29, 1975 8–3 New York Rangers (1975–76) 10–9–2
22 L November 30, 1975 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 10–10–2
23 T December 3, 1975 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 10–10–3
24 L December 4, 1975 1–6 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 10–11–3
25 W December 7, 1975 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 11–11–3
26 L December 9, 1975 2–3 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 11–12–3
27 L December 10, 1975 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 11–13–3
28 T December 13, 1975 4–4 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 11–13–4
29 L December 14, 1975 4–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 11–14–4
30 W December 17, 1975 9–2 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 12–14–4
31 L December 19, 1975 1–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 12–15–4
32 W December 20, 1975 5–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 13–15–4
33 L December 23, 1975 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 13–16–4
34 L December 26, 1975 3–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 13–17–4
35 W December 27, 1975 3–2 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 14–17–4
36 W December 31, 1975 5–1 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 15–17–4
37 L January 3, 1976 4–8 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 15–18–4
38 L January 4, 1976 3–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 15–19–4
39 L January 7, 1976 1–4 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 15–20–4
40 T January 10, 1976 3–3 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 15–20–5
41 L January 11, 1976 0–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 15–21–5
42 L January 13, 1976 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 15–22–5
43 L January 15, 1976 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 15–23–5
44 W January 17, 1976 3–2 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 16–23–5
45 W January 18, 1976 8–3 New York Rangers (1975–76) 17–23–5
46 L January 22, 1976 3–4 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 17–24–5
47 W January 24, 1976 8–2 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 18–24–5
48 T January 25, 1976 1–1 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 18–24–6
49 W January 29, 1976 6–2 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 19–24–6
50 T January 31, 1976 4–4 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 19–24–7
51 W February 1, 1976 7–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 20–24–7
52 L February 5, 1976 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 20–25–7
53 W February 7, 1976 7–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 21–25–7
54 W February 8, 1976 7–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 22–25–7
55 T February 11, 1976 4–4 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 22–25–8
56 T February 14, 1976 4–4 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 22–25–9
57 W February 15, 1976 6–4 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 23–25–9
58 W February 17, 1976 6–1 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 24–25–9
59 W February 19, 1976 7–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 25–25–9
60 W February 21, 1976 10–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 26–25–9
61 T February 22, 1976 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 26–25–10
62 T February 25, 1976 3–3 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 26–25–11
63 W February 28, 1976 5–4 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 27–25–11
64 L February 29, 1976 3–5 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 27–26–11
65 W March 2, 1976 6–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 28–26–11
66 W March 6, 1976 5–0 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 29–26–11
67 L March 7, 1976 3–5 New York Islanders (1975–76) 29–27–11
68 L March 10, 1976 6–7 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 29–28–11
69 W March 13, 1976 4–2 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 30–28–11
70 W March 14, 1976 7–1 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 31–28–11
71 L March 16, 1976 4–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 31–29–11
72 W March 19, 1976 7–3 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 32–29–11
73 W March 21, 1976 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 33–29–11
74 T March 24, 1976 5–5 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 33–29–12
75 L March 25, 1976 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 33–30–12
76 W March 28, 1976 3–0 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 34–30–12
77 L March 29, 1976 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 34–31–12
78 L March 31, 1976 3–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 34–32–12
79 L April 3, 1976 4–5 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 34–33–12
80 W April 4, 1976 6–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 35–33–12

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 1[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; A= Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Pierre Larouche 10 76 53 58 111 33 3 0 1 1 0
Jean Pronovost 19 80 52 52 104 24 3 0 0 0 2
Syl Apps, Jr. 26 80 32 67 99 24 3 0 1 1 0
Rick Kehoe 8 71 29 47 76 6 3 0 0 0 0
Lowell MacDonald 18 69 30 43 73 12 3 1 0 1 0
Ron Stackhouse 3 80 11 60 71 76 3 0 0 0 0
Vic Hadfield 11 76 30 35 65 46 3 1 0 1 11
Ron Schock 17 80 18 44 62 28 3 0 1 1 0
Bob Kelly 22 77 25 30 55 149 3 0 0 0 2
Dave Burrows 4 80 7 22 29 51 3 0 0 0 0
Barry Wilkins 5 75 0 27 27 106 3 0 1 1 4
Stan Gilbertson 15 48 13 8 21 6 3 1 1 2 2
Simon Nolet 9 39 9 8 17 2 3 0 0 0 0
Colin Campbell 6 64 7 10 17 105 3 0 0 0 0
Dennis Owchar 25 54 5 12 17 19 2 0 0 0 2
Chuck Arnason 9 30 7 3 10 14 - - - - -
Lew Morrison 16 78 4 5 9 8 3 0 0 0 0
Mario Faubert 24 21 1 8 9 10 - - - - -
Steve Durbano 7 32 0 8 8 161 - - - - -
Harvey Bennett, Jr. 28 25 3 3 6 53 - - - - -
Wayne Bianchin 14 14 1 5 6 4 - - - - -
Ed Van Impe 2 12 0 5 5 16 3 0 1 1 2
Bob McManama 15 12 1 2 3 4 - - - - -
Ed Gilbert 23 38 1 2 3 4 - - - - -
Jacques Cossette 27 7 0 2 2 9 - - - - -
Michel Plasse 31 55 0 2 2 18 3
Bobby Taylor 30 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 1 8 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bob Paradise 2 9 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Gary Inness 30 23 0 0 0 2 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only. Traded mid-season

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

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
Michel Plasse 31 55 3096 24 19 10 178 2 3.45 3 180 1 2 8 1 2.67
Gary Inness 30 23 1212 8 9 2 82 0 4.06 - - - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 1 8 414 3 4 0 31 0 4.49 - - - - - - -
Bobby Taylor 30 2 78 0 1 0 7 0 5.38 - - - - - - -

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Penguins did not receive any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1975–76 season:

Trades[edit | edit source]

August 28, 1975 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To Hershey Bears (AHL)
Kelly Pratt
November 26, 1975 To Pittsburgh Penguins
2nd round pick in 1976 Draft (Greg Malone)
To Washington Capitals
Bob Paradise
December 16, 1975 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Stan Gilbertson
To Washington Capitals
Harvey Bennett, Jr.
January 8, 1976 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Ed Gilbert
Simon Nolet
1st round pick in 1976 Draft (Blair Chapman)
To Kansas City Scouts
Chuck Arnason
Steve Durbano
1st round pick in 1976 Draft (Greg Carroll)
March 8, 1976 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bobby Taylor
Ed Van Impe
To Philadelphia Flyers
Gary Inness
Future considerations

Additions and Subtractions[edit | edit source]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Larry Bignell Denver Spurs (WHA) free agency
Bob Johnson Denver Spurs (WHA) free agency (1975-09)
Bob McNamara New England Whalers (WHA) free agency

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Total Hockey, p.77, Total Sports, New York, ISBN 0-8362-7114-9
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