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1976–77 New England Whalers
Division 4th Eastern
1976–77 record 35–40–6
Goals for 275
Goals against 290
Team Information
General Manager Ron Ryan
Coach Harry Neale
Captain Rick Ley
Alternate captains Brad Selwood
Larry Pleau
Arena Hartford Civic Center
Team Leaders
Goals George Lyle (39)
Assists Mike Rogers (57)
Points Tom Webster (85)
Penalties in minutes Gordie Roberts (102)
Wins Christer Abrahamsson (15)
Goals against average Cap Raeder (3.12)
<1975–76 1977–78>

The 1976–77 New England Whalers season was the 5th season of the New England Whalers in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Whalers finished 4th in the Eastern Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Quebec Nordiques 4 games to 1.

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

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The Nordiques defeated the Whalers 4–1 and would go on to win the league championship.

Quebec Nordiques 4, New England Whalers 1[edit | edit source]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 9 New England Whalers 2–5 Quebec Nordiques 0–1
2 April 12 New England Whalers 3–7 Quebec Nordiques 0–2
3 April 14 Quebec Nordiques 4 – 3 OT New England Whalers 0–3
4 April 16 Quebec Nordiques 4–6 New England Whalers 1–3
5 April 19 New England Whalers 0–3 Quebec Nordiques 1–4

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 70 36 49 85 43 5 1 1 2 0
17 Mike Rogers 78 25 57 82 10 5 1 1 2 2
16 George Lyle 75 39 33 72 62 5 1 0 1 4
9 Ralph Backstrom 77 17 31 48 30 3 0 0 0 0
7 Gordie Roberts 77 13 33 46 169 5 2 2 4 2
15 Dave Keon 34 14 25 39 8 5 3 1 4 0
4 Larry Pleau 78 11 21 32 22 5 1 0 1 0
19 John McKenzie 34 11 19 30 25 5 2 1 3 8
6 Thommy Abrahamsson 64 6 24 30 33 5 0 3 3 0
27 Tommy Earl 54 9 14 23 37 1 0 0 0 0
2 Rick Ley 55 2 21 23 102 5 0 4 4 4
10 Alan Hangsleben 74 13 9 22 79 4 0 0 0 9
19 Danny Arndt 46 8 14 22 11
12 Mike Antonovich 26 12 9 21 10 5 2 2 4 4
14 Doug Roberts 64 3 18 21 22 2 0 0 0 0
12 Gary MacGregor 30 8 8 16 4
22 Brett Callighen 33 6 10 16 41
3 Brad Selwood 41 4 12 16 71 5 0 0 0 2
26 Steve Carlson 31 4 9 13 40 5 0 0 0 9
23 Jack Carlson 35 7 5 12 81 5 1 1 2 9
21 Dan Bolduc 33 8 3 11 15
5 Ron Busniuk 55 1 9 10 141
11 Dave Hynes 22 5 4 9 4
22 Bill Butters 26 1 8 9 65 5 0 1 1 15
12 Rosaire Paiement 13 5 2 7 12
20 Gary Swain 26 5 2 7 6 2 0 0 0 0
24 Dale Smedsmo 15 2 0 2 54
1 Christer Abrahamsson 45 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
24 Dave Hanson 1 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 0 0
Ron Climie 3 0 0 0 0
25 Jim Troy 7 0 0 0 7
35 Cap Raeder 23 0 0 0 4 3 0 1 1 0
30 Bruce Landon 26 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0

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

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Raeder, CapCap Raeder 1328 26 12 10 1 69 3.12 2
Landon, BruceBruce Landon 1118 23 8 8 1 59 3.17 1
Abrahamsson, ChristerChrister Abrahamsson 2484 45 15 22 4 159 3.84 0

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

New England's draft picks at the 1976 WHA Amateur Draft.[1]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 13 Mike Fidler (LW)  USA Boston University Terriers (ECAC)
3 26 Fred Williams (C)  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
3 31 Dave Debol (C)  USA Michigan Wolverines (WCHA)
4 38 Mike Kaszycki (F)  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
5 49 Bill Baker (D)  USA Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA)
5 50 Mike Liut (G)  Canada Bowling Green Falcons (CCHA)
6 62 Dwight Schofield (D)  Canada London Knights (OHA)
7 74 Warren Young (F)  Canada Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA)
8 86 Ken Morrow (D)  USA Bowling Green Falcons (CCHA)
9 97 Ed Clarey (F)  Canada Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
10 108 Jon Hammond (LW)  Canada Regina Pats (WCHL)

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1976 WHA Amateur Draft. Retrieved on December 19, 2018.
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