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1978–79 New England Whalers
Division 4th WHA
1978–79 record 37–34–9
Goals for 298
Goals against 287
Team Information
General Manager Jack Kelley
Coach Bill Dineen (33-29-9)
Don Blackburn (4-5-0)
Captain Rick Ley
Arena Hartford Civic Center
Team Leaders
Goals Mark Howe (42)
Assists Mark Howe (65)
Points Mark Howe (107)
Penalties in minutes Al Hangsleben (148)
Wins John Garrett (20)
Goals against average Al Smith (3.31)
<1977–78

1979–80 >

The 1978–79 New England Whalers season was the Whalers' 7th and final season in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Whalers finished 4th in the league and lost in the Semi-finals to the Edmonton Oilers 4 games to 3.

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]

WHA Team GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Edmonton Oilers 80 48 30 2 98 340 266 1220
Quebec Nordiques 80 41 34 5 87 288 271 1399
Winnipeg Jets 80 39 35 6 84 307 306 1342
New England Whalers 80 37 34 9 83 298 287 1090
Cincinnati Stingers 80 33 41 6 72 274 284 1651
Birmingham Bulls 80 32 42 6 70 286 311 1661
xIndianapolis Racers 25 5 18 2 12 78 130 557
#Soviet All-Stars 6 4 1 1 9 27 20 77
#Czechoslovakia 6 1 4 1 3 14 33 107
#Finland 1 0 1 0 0 4 8 2

x-team folded during season
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties in Minutes
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 15, 1978 6–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 1–0–0
2 W October 17, 1978 2–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 2–0–0
3 T October 18, 1978 4–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 2–0–1
4 W October 21, 1978 7–1 Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 3–0–1
5 W October 22, 1978 6–3 @ Indianapolis Racers (1978–79) 4–0–1
6 W October 24, 1978 2–1 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 5–0–1
7 L October 26, 1978 5–8 @ Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 5–1–1
8 L October 27, 1978 4–6 Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 5–2–1
9 L October 29, 1978 4–7 Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 5–3–1
10 W November 3, 1978 6–3 Indianapolis Racers (1978–79) 6–3–1
11 T November 4, 1978 6–6 @ Indianapolis Racers (1978–79) 6–3–2
12 L November 5, 1978 4–5 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 6–4–2
13 W November 9, 1978 6–1 Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 7–4–2
14 W November 11, 1978 2–1 Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 8–4–2
15 T November 14, 1978 5–5 @ Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 8–4–3
16 T November 15, 1978 4–4 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 8–4–4
17 L November 17, 1978 1–7 @ Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 8–5–4
18 L November 18, 1978 2–3 Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 8–6–4
19 W November 22, 1978 5–2 Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 9–6–4
20 W November 25, 1978 5–2 Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 10–6–4
21 W November 26, 1978 9–3 Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 11–6–4
22 L November 29, 1978 2–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 11–7–4
23 L December 1, 1978 2–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 11–8–4
24 W December 3, 1978 7–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 12–8–4
25 T December 5, 1978 2–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 12–8–5
26 W December 7, 1978 5–3 Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 13–8–5
27 L December 9, 1978 4–7 Soviet All-Stars (1978–79) 13–9–5
28 W December 12, 1978 7–4 @ Indianapolis Racers (1978–79) 14–9–5
29 W December 16, 1978 2–1 Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 15–9–5
30 T December 17, 1978 4–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 15–9–6
31 W December 23, 1978 4–3 Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 16–9–6
32 W December 27, 1978 10–4 Czechoslovakia (1978–79) 17–9–6
33 W December 29, 1978 5–0 Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 18–9–6
34 L December 30, 1978 1–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 18–10–6
35 W January 7, 1979 5–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 19–10–6
36 L January 13, 1979 0–3 Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 19–11–6
37 L January 14, 1979 2–4 Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 19–12–6
38 L January 18, 1979 2–4 Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 19–13–6
39 W January 20, 1979 3–1 Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 20–13–6
40 L January 23, 1979 1–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 20–14–6
41 L January 26, 1979 4–5 @ Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 20–15–6
42 W January 28, 1979 8–6 Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 21–15–6
43 W January 30, 1979 5–2 Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 22–15–6
44 W February 2, 1979 4–1 Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 23–15–6
45 T February 3, 1979 2–2 @ Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 23–15–7
46 W February 6, 1979 5–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 24–15–7
47 W February 10, 1979 7–2 Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 25–15–7
48 L February 11, 1979 2–5 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 25–16–7
49 L February 14, 1979 4–7 Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 25–17–7
50 L February 16, 1979 2–4 Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 25–18–7
51 W February 17, 1979 4–1 Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 26–18–7
52 W February 18, 1979 7–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 27–18–7
53 L February 20, 1979 2–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 27–19–7
54 L February 21, 1979 2–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 27–20–7
55 W February 23, 1979 5–4 OT Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 28–20–7
56 L February 24, 1979 0–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 28–21–7
57 L February 25, 1979 5–7 Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 28–22–7
58 T February 27, 1979 1–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 28–22–8
59 W March 2, 1979 4–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 29–22–8
60 L March 4, 1979 3–4 OT Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 29–23–8
61 L March 9, 1979 1–3 Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 29–24–8
62 W March 11, 1979 2–1 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 30–24–8
63 W March 13, 1979 4–3 @ Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 31–24–8
64 L March 15, 1979 3–4 OT Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 31–25–8
65 T March 16, 1979 5–5 @ Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 31–25–9
66 L March 18, 1979 1–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 31–26–9
67 W March 20, 1979 7–6 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 32–26–9
68 W March 23, 1979 5–3 Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 33–26–9
69 L March 24, 1979 3–4 Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 33–27–9
70 L March 27, 1979 1–3 @ Birmingham Bulls (1978–79) 33–28–9
71 L March 30, 1979 1–3 Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 33–29–9
72 L April 1, 1979 3–5 Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 33–30–9
73 W April 4, 1979 4–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 34–30–9
74 L April 6, 1979 2–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 34–31–9
75 L April 8, 1979 4–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1978–79) 34–32–9
76 W April 10, 1979 5–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 35–32–9
77 W April 12, 1979 4–0 Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 36–32–9
78 L April 14, 1979 0–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1978–79) 36–33–9
79 L April 15, 1979 1–4 Edmonton Oilers (1978–79) 36–34–9
80 W April 17, 1979 3–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1978–79) 37–34–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New England Whalers 3, Cincinnati Stingers 0[edit | edit source]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 21 Cincinnati Stingers 3 – 5 New England Whalers 1–0
2 April 22 New England Whalers 3 – 6 Cincinnati Stingers 1–1
3 April 24 New England Whalers 2 – 1 Cincinnati Stingers 2–1

Edmonton Oilers 4, New England Whalers 3[edit | edit source]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Series
1 April 26 New England Whalers 2 – 6 Edmonton Oilers 0–1
2 April 27 New England Whalers 5 – 9 Edmonton Oilers 0–2
3 April 29 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 4 New England Whalers 1–2
4 May 1 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 5 New England Whalers 2–2
5 May 3 New England Whalers 2 – 5 Edmonton Oilers 2–3
6 May 6 Edmonton Oilers 8 – 4 New England Whalers 3–3
7 May 8 New England Whalers 3 – 6 Edmonton Oilers 3–4

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Howe, MarkMark Howe 77 42 65 107 32
Lacroix, AndreAndre Lacroix 78 32 56 88 34
Rogers, MikeMike Rogers 80 27 45 72 31
Keon, DaveDave Keon 79 22 43 65 2
Roberts, GordieGordie Roberts 79 11 46 57 113
Miller, WarrenWarren Miller 77 26 23 49 44
Antonovich, MikeMike Antonovich 69 20 27 47 35
McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie 76 19 28 47 115
Howe, GordieGordie Howe 58 19 24 43 51
Lyle, GeorgeGeorge Lyle 59 17 18 35 54
Hangsleben, AlAl Hangsleben 77 10 19 29 148
Ley, RickRick Ley 73 7 20 27 135
Howe, MartyMarty Howe 66 9 15 24 31
Plumb, RonRon Plumb 78 4 16 20 33
Douglas, JordyJordy Douglas 51 6 10 16 15
Selwood, BradBrad Selwood 42 4 12 16 47
Warner, JimJim Warner 41 6 9 15 20
Stoughton, BlaineBlaine Stoughton 36 9 3 12 2
Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau 28 6 6 12 6
Carlson, JackJack Carlson 34 2 7 9 61
Inkpen, DaveDave Inkpen 41 0 7 7 15
Smith, AlAl Smith 40 0 3 3 35
Roy, PierrePierre Roy 1 0 0 0 2
Brubaker, JeffJeff Brubaker 12 0 0 0 19
Garrett, JohnJohn Garrett 41 0 0 0 6
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Garrett, JohnJohn Garrett 2496 41 20 17 4 149 3.58 1180 1031 .874 2
Smith, AlAl Smith 2396 40 17 17 5 132 3.31 1124 992 .883 1
Team: 4892 80 37 34 9 281 3.45 2304 2023 .878 3

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Keon, DaveDave Keon 10 3 9 12 2
McKenzie, JohnJohn McKenzie 10 3 7 10 10
Antonovich, MikeMike Antonovich 10 5 3 8 14
Lacroix, AndreAndre Lacroix 10 4 4 8 0
Lyle, GeorgeGeorge Lyle 9 3 5 8 25
Rogers, MikeMike Rogers 10 2 6 8 2
Miller, WarrenWarren Miller 10 0 8 8 28
Stoughton, BlaineBlaine Stoughton 7 4 3 7 4
Howe, MarkMark Howe 6 4 2 6 6
Douglas, JordyJordy Douglas 10 4 0 4 23
Howe, GordieGordie Howe 10 3 1 4 4
Plumb, RonRon Plumb 9 1 3 4 0
Ley, RickRick Ley 9 0 4 4 11
Roberts, GordieGordie Roberts 10 0 4 4 10
Pleau, LarryLarry Pleau 10 2 1 3 0
Hangsleben, AlAl Hangsleben 10 1 2 3 12
Inkpen, DaveDave Inkpen 5 0 1 1 4
Howe, MartyMarty Howe 9 0 1 1 8
Warner, JimJim Warner 1 0 0 0 0
Brubaker, JeffJeff Brubaker 3 0 0 0 12
Smith, AlAl Smith 4 0 0 0 0
Garrett, JohnJohn Garrett 8 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Garrett, JohnJohn Garrett 447 8 4 3 32 4.30 0
Smith, AlAl Smith 153 4 1 2 12 4.71 0
Team: 600 10 5 5 44 4.40 0

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Whalers-Jet game from January 30, 1979.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1978-79 New England Whalers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.


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