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1976–77 Cleveland Barons · NHL
Division 4th Adams
Conference 7th Prince of Wales
1976–77 record 25-42-13
Goals for 240
Goals against 292
General Manager Bill McCreary, Sr.
Coach Jack Evans
Captain Jim Neilson
Bob Stewart
Arena Richfield Coliseum
Team Leaders
Goals Dennis Maruk (28)
Assists Dennis Maruk (50)
Points Dennis Maruk (78)
Penalties in minutes Len Frig (213)
Wins Gilles Meloche (19)
Goals against average Gilles Meloche (3.47)
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1975–76 1977–78

The 1976–77 Cleveland Barons season was the first season for this franchise in Cleveland, after nine seasons in the Bay Area as the Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals. The Barons displaced the World Hockey Association's Cleveland Crusaders who elected to relocate to Minnesota. The Barons finished 4th in the Adams Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

The franchise participated in the 1976 Amateur Draft as the California Golden Seals, the move to Cleveland not being announced until late August.
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 5. Bjorn Johansson Flag of Sweden Sweden HK Örebro (Sweden Division 1)
2 23. Vern Stenlund Flag of Canada Canada London Knights (OMJHL)
3 41. Mike Fidler Flag of the United States United States Boston University Terriers (ECAC)
4 59. Warren Young Flag of Canada Canada Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA)
5 77. Darcy Regier Flag of Canada Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WCHL)
5 79. Cal Sandbeck University of Denver Pioneers (WCHA)
6 95. Jouni Rinne Flag of Finland Finland Lukko (SM-liiga)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The Barons played in the tough Adams Division and spent most of the season in last place. Midway through the season, majority owner Mel Swig announced the team might have trouble finishing the season. The club missed payroll twice in February, and only a loan from the league and NHLPA kept the team afloat. Following the season, minority owner George Gund III purchased a controlling interest in the club.[1]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 49 23 8 312 240 106
Buffalo Sabres 80 48 24 8 301 220 104
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 33 32 15 301 285 81
Cleveland Barons 80 25 42 13 240 292 63

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]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 6, 1976 2–2 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 0–0–1
2 W October 9, 1976 6–3 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 1–0–1
3 L October 10, 1976 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 1–1–1
4 L October 13, 1976 2–4 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 1–2–1
5 T October 16, 1976 4–4 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 1–2–2
6 W October 19, 1976 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 2–2–2
7 W October 21, 1976 6–2 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 3–2–2
8 L October 26, 1976 2–5 New York Rangers (1976–77) 3–3–2
9 L October 28, 1976 1–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 3–4–2
10 L October 30, 1976 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 3–5–2
11 L November 1, 1976 3–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 3–6–2
12 L November 3, 1976 2–4 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 3–7–2
13 W November 5, 1976 6–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 4–7–2
14 T November 7, 1976 2–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 4–7–3
15 W November 10, 1976 2–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 5–7–3
16 T November 12, 1976 3–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 5–7–4
17 W November 14, 1976 3–2 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 6–7–4
18 T November 16, 1976 0–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 6–7–5
19 T November 17, 1976 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 6–7–6
20 L November 19, 1976 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 6–8–6
21 L November 24, 1976 1–8 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 6–9–6
22 L November 26, 1976 1–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 6–10–6
23 L November 28, 1976 1–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 6–11–6
24 L December 1, 1976 3–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 6–12–6
25 T December 3, 1976 2–2 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 6–12–7
26 L December 5, 1976 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 6–13–7
27 L December 6, 1976 0–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 6–14–7
28 L December 8, 1976 1–5 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 6–15–7
29 W December 10, 1976 7–1 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 7–15–7
30 W December 11, 1976 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 8–15–7
31 W December 15, 1976 7–3 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 9–15–7
32 L December 16, 1976 4–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 9–16–7
33 W December 18, 1976 6–4 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 10–16–7
34 L December 19, 1976 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 10–17–7
35 W December 22, 1976 4–3 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 11–17–7
36 L December 26, 1976 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 11–18–7
37 L December 27, 1976 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 11–19–7
38 L December 29, 1976 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 11–20–7
39 L December 31, 1976 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 11–21–7
40 L January 1, 1977 2–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 11–22–7
41 L January 5, 1977 2–3 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 11–23–7
42 W January 7, 1977 8–4 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 12–23–7
43 L January 9, 1977 4–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 12–24–7
44 W January 12, 1977 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 13–24–7
45 W January 15, 1977 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 14–24–7
46 T January 19, 1977 3–3 New York Rangers (1976–77) 14–24–8
47 L January 21, 1977 2–5 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 14–25–8
48 W January 23, 1977 3–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 15–25–8
49 L January 29, 1977 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 15–26–8
50 L January 30, 1977 3–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 15–27–8
51 L February 1, 1977 3–7 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 15–28–8
52 T February 3, 1977 0–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 15–28–9
53 W February 5, 1977 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 16–28–9
54 W February 9, 1977 6–3 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 17–28–9
55 W February 11, 1977 3–0 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 18–28–9
56 L February 13, 1977 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 18–29–9
57 L February 16, 1977 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 18–30–9
58 T February 18, 1977 3–3 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 18–30–10
59 L February 20, 1977 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 18–31–10
60 L February 23, 1977 3–5 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 18–32–10
61 L February 25, 1977 1–2 New York Islanders (1976–77) 18–33–10
62 L February 26, 1977 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 18–34–10
63 W February 28, 1977 5–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 19–34–10
64 W March 2, 1977 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 20–34–10
65 W March 5, 1977 2–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 21–34–10
66 L March 6, 1977 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 21–35–10
67 L March 10, 1977 2–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 21–36–10
68 L March 12, 1977 3–8 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 21–37–10
69 W March 15, 1977 5–1 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 22–37–10
70 L March 16, 1977 2–6 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 22–38–10
71 T March 18, 1977 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 22–38–11
72 W March 20, 1977 5–4 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 23–38–11
73 W March 21, 1977 7–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 24–38–11
74 L March 23, 1977 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 24–39–11
75 T March 25, 1977 4–4 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 24–39–12
76 L March 27, 1977 3–6 New York Islanders (1976–77) 24–40–12
77 L March 29, 1977 2–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 24–41–12
78 T March 30, 1977 3–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 24–41–13
79 L April 2, 1977 2–9 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 24–42–13
80 W April 3, 1977 4–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 25–42–13

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Barons did not qualify for the post season.

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
Dennis Maruk 80 28 50 78 68 - - - - -
Al MacAdam 80 22 41 63 68 - - - - -
Wayne Merrick 80 18 38 56 25 - - - - -
Bob Murdoch 57 23 19 42 30 - - - - -
Rick Hampton 57 16 24 40 13 - - - - -
Dave Gardner 76 16 22 38 9 - - - - -
Mike Fidler 46 17 16 33 17 - - - - -
Mike Christie 79 6 27 33 79 - - - - -
Ralph Klassen 80 14 18 32 23 - - - - -
Greg Smith 74 9 17 26 65 - - - - -
Frank Spring 26 11 10 21 6 - - - - -
Bob Girard 68 11 10 21 33 - - - - -
Brent Meeke 49 8 13 21 4 - - - - -
Jim Neilson 47 3 17 20 42 - - - - -
Gary Sabourin 33 7 11 18 4 - - - - -
Jim Moxey 35 7 7 14 20 - - - - -
Juha Widing 29 6 8 14 10 - - - - -
Bob Stewart 73 1 12 13 108 - - - - -
Jim Pappin 24 2 8 10 8 - - - - -
Len Frig 66 2 7 9 213 - - - - -
Fred Ahern 25 4 4 8 20 - - - - -
Phil Roberto 21 3 4 7 8 - - - - -
Glenn Patrick 35 2 3 5 70 - - - - -
Ken Kuzyk 13 0 5 5 2 - - - - -
Angie Moretto 5 1 2 3 2 - - - - -
Gilles Meloche 51 0 3 3 18 - - - - -
Charlie Simmer 24 2 0 2 16 - - - - -
Bjorn Johansson 10 1 1 2 4 - - - - -
Gary Holt 2 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Gary Edwards 17 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Lyle Bradley 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tom Price 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Vern Stenlund 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rick Shinske 5 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Gary Simmons 15 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

[2] Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Barons. Stats reflect time with the Barons only. Traded/released 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
Gilles Meloche 51 2961 19 24 6 171 2 3.47 - - - - - - -.--
Gary Simmons 15 840 2 8 4 51 1 3.64 - - - - - - -.--
Gary Edwards 17 999 4 10 3 68 2 4.08 - - - - - - -.--

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

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Barons did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Barons were involved in the following transactions during the 1976–77 season:

Trades[edit | edit source]

January 22, 1977 To Cleveland Barons
Gary Edwards
Juha Widing
To Los Angeles Kings
Jim Moxey
Gary Simmons

Additions and Subtractions[edit | edit source]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Ken Kuzyk Boston University (NCAA) free agency (1976-09)
Phil Roberto Colorado Rockies free agency (1976-12-24)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Tom Price Pittsburgh Penguins free agency (1977-02-28)

References[edit | edit source]


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