76-77BirBul.jpg
1976–77 Birmingham Bulls
Division 5th Eastern
1976–77 record 31–46–4
Goals for 289
Goals against 309
Team Information
General Manager Gilles Leger
Coach Gilles Leger
Pat Kelley
Arena Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex
Team Leaders
Goals Mark Napier (60)
Assists Dale Hoganson (48)
Points Mark Napier (96)
Penalties in minutes Lou Nistico (166)
Wins John Garrett (34)
Goals against average John Garrett (3.53)
< 1975–76 1977–78>

The 1976–77 Birmingham Bulls season was the Bulls' 1st season of operation in Birmingham, Alabama after the Toronto Toros relocated from Toronto, Canada. The Bulls finished 5th in the Eastern Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Paul Henderson and Peter Marrin's 1976-77 jerseys.

The Bulls jersey colours for their inaugural WHA season were dark blue, white and red with a primarily white home jersey and a primarily dark blue away jersey. They were essentially the same design as the Toronto Toros had with two differences. First, there were five arm and body stripes instead of three. Second, the word "TOROS" was removed from the arm stripes. The jerseys remained the same for the Bulls three year stint in the WHA.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

Action between the Bulls and Flames, September 21, 1976.

On September 21, 1976, the Bulls won an exhibition game 7-6 against the Atlanta Flames.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Eastern Division GP W L T GF GA Pts
Quebec Nordiques 81 47 31 3 353 295 97
Cincinnati Stingers 81 39 37 5 354 303 83
Indianapolis Racers 81 36 37 8 276 305 80
New England Whalers 81 35 40 6 275 290 76
Birmingham Bulls 81 31 46 4 289 309 66
Minnesota Fighting Saints+ 42 19 18 5 136 129 43

+Team disbanded after 42 games.
Note: GP = Games played, 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 W October 8, 1976 4–2 Houston Aeros (1976–77) 1–0–0
2 L October 10, 1976 3–4 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 1–1–0
3 W October 12, 1976 6–2 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 2–1–0
4 T October 14, 1976 7–7 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 2–1–1
5 L October 16, 1976 0–3 @ Houston Aeros (1976–77) 2–2–1
6 L October 17, 1976 1–6 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 2–3–1
7 L October 19, 1976 5–6 OT Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 2–4–1
8 W October 21, 1976 8–5 Houston Aeros (1976–77) 3–4–1
9 W October 23, 1976 3–1 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 4–4–1
12 L October 28, 1976 3–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 4–7–1
13 L October 30, 1976 4–5 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 4–8–1
14 L November 2, 1976 3–4 OT San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 4–9–1
15 W November 4, 1976 5–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 5–9–1
16 L November 6, 1976 5–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 5–10–1
17 L November 9, 1976 3–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 5–11–1
18 L November 11, 1976 2–3 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 5–12–1
19 L November 13, 1976 2–3 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 5–13–1
20 L November 16, 1976 4–5 New England Whalers (1976–77) 5–14–1
21 L November 17, 1976 4–6 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 5–15–1
22 L November 19, 1976 0–4 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 5–16–1
23 W November 21, 1976 4–3 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 6–16–1
24 W November 23, 1976 3–1 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 7–16–1
25 L November 25, 1976 3–5 New England Whalers (1976–77) 7–17–1
26 L November 27, 1976 1–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 7–18–1
27 L November 28, 1976 1–3 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 7–19–1
28 W November 30, 1976 3–1 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 8–19–1
29 L December 2, 1976 3–4 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 8–20–1
30 L December 7, 1976 2–3 OT Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 8–21–1
31 W December 10, 1976 5–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 9–21–1
32 L December 12, 1976 3–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 9–22–1
33 L December 15, 1976 5–6 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 9–23–1
34 W December 17, 1976 4–3 @ Houston Aeros (1976–77) 10–23–1
35 L December 18, 1976 2–6 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 10–24–1
36 L December 19, 1976 2–3 OT @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 10–25–1
37 W December 21, 1976 3–2 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 11–25–1
38 W December 22, 1976 6–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 12–25–1
39 W December 26, 1976 6–2 Houston Aeros (1976–77) 13–25–1
40 L December 30, 1976 2–4 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 13–26–1
41 L January 2, 1977 1–3 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 13–27–1
42 W January 4, 1977 8–5 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 14–27–1
43 L January 7, 1977 1–7 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 14–28–1
44 L January 9, 1977 1–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 14–29–1
45 W January 12, 1977 4–3 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 15–29–1
46 L January 14, 1977 3–5 @ Houston Aeros (1976–77) 15–30–1
47 L January 16, 1977 2–5 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 15–31–1
48 L January 21, 1977 1–6 @ Houston Aeros (1976–77) 15–32–1
49 W January 23, 1977 6–2 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 16–32–1
50 W January 27, 1977 3–0 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 17–32–1
51 W January 30, 1977 7–1 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 18–32–1
52 W February 1, 1977 4–3 New England Whalers (1976–77) 19–32–1
53 W February 2, 1977 3–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 20–32–1
54 W February 4, 1977 7–0 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 21–32–1
55 L February 5, 1977 2–5 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 21–33–1
56 L February 9, 1977 3–4 OT @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 21–34–1
57 L February 12, 1977 2–3 OT @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 21–35–1
58 W February 16, 1977 7–2 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 22–35–1
59 W February 18, 1977 3–2 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 23–35–1
60 T February 20, 1977 2–2 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 23–35–2
61 T February 22, 1977 4–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 23–35–3
62 W February 24, 1977 10–6 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 24–35–3
63 L February 26, 1977 3–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 24–36–3
64 W February 27, 1977 4–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 25–36–3
65 L March 3, 1977 2–4 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 25–37–3
66 L March 6, 1977 2–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 25–38–3
67 W March 9, 1977 4–3 OT New England Whalers (1976–77) 26–38–3
68 W March 11, 1977 6–3 New England Whalers (1976–77) 27–38–3
69 L March 12, 1977 2–7 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 27–39–3
70 L March 13, 1977 4–7 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 27–40–3
71 W March 15, 1977 4–2 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 28–40–3
72 L March 17, 1977 2–5 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 28–41–3
73 L March 20, 1977 3–4 OT Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 28–42–3
74 W March 22, 1977 7–4 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 29–42–3
75 W March 23, 1977 4–0 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 30–42–3
76 L March 24, 1977 2–6 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 30–43–3
77 W March 27, 1977 7–3 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 31–43–3
78 L March 29, 1977 2–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 31–44–3
79 L April 2, 1977 5–6 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 31–45–3
80 T April 5, 1977 4–4 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 31–45–4
81 L April 6, 1977 4–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 31–46–4

[1]

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Bulls did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
9 Napier, MarkMark Napier RW 80 60 36 96 24 16 9 1 6
14 Nedomansky, VaclavVaclav Nedomansky RW 81 36 33 69 10 -13 9 0 3
20 Marrin, PeterPeter Marrin C 79 23 37 60 36 -7 4 1 0
15 Nistico, LouLou Nistico C 79 20 36 56 166 -9 1 1 0
33 Hoganson, DaleDale Hoganson D 81 7 48 55 48 1 3 0 0
19 Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson RW 81 23 25 48 30 -9 1 0 0
10 Jacques, JeffJeff Jacques RW 79 21 27 48 92 -1 1 0 0
16 Sheehy, TimTim Sheehy RW 50 26 21 47 44 -2 7 0 0
18 Stewart, JohnJohn Stewart C 52 17 24 41 32 11 2 0 0
Farda, RichardRichard Farda C 48 9 26 35 2 -23 1 0 0
2 Turkiewicz, JimJim Turkiewicz D 80 6 25 31 54 5 0 2 0
Kirk, GavinGavin Kirk C 29 9 18 27 34 -6 5 0 0
26 Lagace, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Lagace D 78 2 25 27 110 -8 0 0 0
27 Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich LW 17 3 20 23 12 -1 2 0 0
7 Gorman, DaveDave Gorman RW 52 9 13 22 38 2 0 1 0
23 Gallant, GordGord Gallant LW 34 4 13 17 62 8 1 0 0
Simpson, TomTom Simpson RW 25 7 6 13 10 -12 4 0 0
6 Westrum, PatPat Westrum D 34 1 11 12 48 8 0 0 0
Phaneuf, Jean-LucJean-Luc Phaneuf RW 30 2 7 9 2 -4 0 0 0
17 Bilodeau, GillesGilles Bilodeau LW 34 2 6 8 133 1 0 0 0
3 Cunningham, RickRick Cunningham D 63 0 8 8 75 -18 0 0 0
Ball, TerryTerry Ball D 23 1 6 7 8 2 0 0 0
35 Garrett, JohnJohn Garrett G 65 0 3 3 21 0 0 0 0
Carleton, WayneWayne Carleton LW 3 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 0
4 McKay, RayRay McKay D 19 0 1 1 11 -5 0 0 0
Marsh, JimJim Marsh D 1 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Stewart, JohnJohn Stewart LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Folco, PeterPeter Folco D 2 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Schneider, BuzzBuzz Schneider LW 4 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
Hart, RichRich Hart D 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Heaver, PaulPaul Heaver D 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kokkola, KeithKeith Kokkola D 5 0 0 0 21 -3 0 0 0
Rollins, JerryJerry Rollins D 8 0 0 0 17 -2 0 0 0
Syvret, DaveDave Syvret D 8 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
1 Wood, WayneWayne Wood G 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Garrett, JohnJohn Garrett 3803 65 24 34 4 224 3.53 4
Wood, WayneWayne Wood 1132 23 7 12 0 78 4.13 0
Team: 4935 81 31 46 4 302 3.67 4

[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]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1976–77 Birmingham Bulls Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-28.
  2. 1976-77 Birmingham Bulls Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-28.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.