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1977-1978 Houston Aeros: 42-34-4
Previous Season Next Season Home record: 26-13-2 (165 goals scored, 139 allowed) Road record: 16-21-2 (131 goals scored, 163 allowed) Head Coach: Bill Dineen Power Play: 56/270 (20.7%) Penalty Killing: 289/366 (79.0%) Shorthanded Goals For-Against: 6-8 Even Strength Goals For-Against: 234-217 296 goals scored (6th of 10 teams), 302 goals allowed (5th), 1543 PIM (3rd) WHA Averages: 3.92 goals/game (313.5 goals/team), 1416.8 PIM/team Pos # Player Hgt Wgt Age GP G A Pts PIM PP SH TGF PGF TGA PGA S S% +/- C 7 Andre Lacroix 5'8 175 32 78 36 77 113 57 7 0 -- -- -- -- 193 18.7 +8 LW 12 Morris Lukowich 5'9 170 21 80 40 35 75 131 13 0 -- -- -- -- 199 20.1 +13 C 8 Terry Ruskowski 5'10 178 23 78 15 57 72 170 3 1 -- -- -- -- 144 10.4 +13 LW 18 John Tonelli 6'1 200 20 65 23 41 64 103 5 0 -- -- -- -- 146 15.8 +13 RW 27 Don Larway 6'1 192 23 69 24 35 59 52 5 0 -- -- -- -- 176 13.6 +1 LW 10 John Gray 5'10 180 28 77 35 23 58 80 6 0 -- -- -- -- 151 23.2 +15 RW 21 Rich Preston 6'0 185 25 73 25 25 50 52 7 3 -- -- -- -- 213 11.7 +3 RW 15 Cam Connor 6'2 200 23 68 21 16 37 217 0 0 -- -- -- -- 152 13.8 +4 D 4 Scott Campbell 6'3 205 20 75 8 29 37 116 1 0 -- -- -- -- 113 7.1 +10 D 6 Poul Popiel 5'10 175 34 80 6 31 37 53 1 1 -- -- -- -- 126 4.8 -6 C 19 Steve West 5'0 165 25 71 11 21 32 23 0 0 -- -- -- -- 60 18.3 +4 D 2 John Schella 6'0 190 30 63 9 20 29 125 4 0 -- -- -- -- 139 6.5 -2 D 16 John Hughes 5'11 200 23 79 3 25 28 130 1 0 -- -- -- -- 90 3.3 +20 C 13 Larry Lund 6'0 190 37 76 9 17 26 36 1 0 -- -- -- -- 60 15.0 -22 D 5 Al McLeod 5'11 200 28 80 2 22 24 54 0 0 -- -- -- -- 85 2.4 +18 F 26 Ron Hansis 6'2 190 25 78 13 9 22 51 1 0 -- -- -- -- 62 21.0 0 LW 14 Ted Taylor 6'0 175 35 54 11 11 22 46 1 1 -- -- -- -- 74 14.9 +8 D 17 Larry Hale 6'1 180 36 56 2 11 13 22 0 0 -- -- -- -- 16 12.5 +4 LW 11 Frank Hughes 5'10 180 28 11 3 2 5 2 0 0 -- -- -- -- 29 10.3 -10 G 31 Ernie Wakely 5'11 160 37 51 0 4 4 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- RW 24 Keke Mortson 6'0 175 43 6 0 1 1 7 0 0 -- -- -- -- 2 0.0 -1 LW 17 John Mazur 5'10 175 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- 0 --- -1 D 24 Glen Irwin 5'11 195 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- --- -- G 30 Wayne Rutledge 6'2 200 35 12 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- G 1 Lynn Zimmerman 5'8 155 35 20 0 0 0 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- D 3 Paul Terbenche 5'10 170 32 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- --
Skater data: GP: Games played; G: Goals scored; A: Assists; Pts: Total points; PIM: Penalties in minutes; PP: Power play goals; SH: Shorthanded goals; TGF: Total goals on ice for; PGF: Power play goals on ice for; TGA: Total goals on ice against; PGA: Power play goals on ice against; S: Shots taken; S%: Shooting percentage
Pos  #  Goalie              Age   GP   Min   GA   GAA   W   L   T  Sht    Pct  EN  SO
G   31  Ernie Wakely         37   51  3070  166  3.24  28  18   4 1608   .897   3   2
G    1  Lynn Zimmerman       35   20  1166   84  4.32  10   9   0  641   .869   2   0
G   30  Wayne Rutledge       35   12   634   47  4.45   4   7   0  360   .869   0   0
Goalie data: GP: Games played; Min: Minutes played; GA: Goals allowed; GAA: Goals allowed per 60 minutes; W: Wins; L: Losses; T: Ties; Sht: Shots faced; Pct: Save percentage; EN: Empty net goals allowed; SO: Shutouts
1977 Draft:

                                        NHL    WHA
Rnd  Ovr  Pos  Player                  Games  Games  Team
  1    1  D    Scott Campbell                        London Knights (OHA)               
  2   10  F    Dwight Foster                         Kitchener Rangers (OHA)            
  3   21  LW   Dave Semenko                          Brandon Wheat Kings (WCHL)         
  4   30  G    Glen Hanlon                           Brandon Wheat Kings (WCHL)         
  5   39  C    Reg Kerr                              Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL)             
  6   48  D    Kevin McCarthy                        Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL)           
  7   57  G    Markus Mattsson                       Finland                            
  8   66       Harald Luckner                        Sweden                             
  9   74  F    Matti Forss                           Finland                            
 10   82  LW   Mike Dwyer                            Niagara Falls Flyers (OHA)         
 10   90  G    Dave Parro                            Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)            

Traded draft picks:


Transactions
11-1977traded future considerations to Stingers for Ernie Wakely
02-1978traded Glen Irwin to Racers for a draft pick
02-1978traded future considerations to Bulls for Paul Terbenche
07-06-1978Islanders reclaimed the rights to John Tonelli (after Houston franchise folded)


Playoff Results:   Click on the date to view the game summary. Date Opponent Result Round 1 04/16/1978 vs Quebec Nordiques W 4-3 (OT) 04/18/1978 vs Quebec Nordiques L 4-5 (OT) 04/20/1978 at Quebec Nordiques L 1-5 04/21/1978 at Quebec Nordiques L 0-3 04/23/1978 vs Quebec Nordiques W 5-2 04/25/1978 at Quebec Nordiques L 2-11 Playoff Stats: Pos # Player Hgt Wgt Age GP G A Pts PIM PP SH TGF PGF TGA PGA S S% +/- C 7 Andre Lacroix 5'8 175 32 6 2 2 4 0 -- -- LW 14 Ted Taylor 6'0 175 35 6 3 1 4 10 -- -- LW 18 John Tonelli 6'1 200 20 6 1 3 4 8 -- -- LW 10 John Gray 5'10 180 28 6 0 3 3 10 0 0 RW 27 Don Larway 6'1 192 23 6 1 2 3 4 -- -- LW 12 Morris Lukowich 5'9 170 21 6 1 2 3 17 -- -- C 8 Terry Ruskowski 5'10 178 23 4 1 1 2 5 -- -- D 4 Scott Campbell 6'3 205 20 6 1 1 2 8 -- -- F 26 Ron Hansis 6'2 190 25 6 1 1 2 4 -- -- D 16 John Hughes 5'11 200 23 6 1 1 2 6 -- -- C 13 Larry Lund 6'0 190 37 6 0 2 2 2 0 0 D 6 Poul Popiel 5'10 175 34 6 0 2 2 13 0 0 D 3 Paul Terbenche 5'10 170 32 6 1 1 2 0 -- -- RW 15 Cam Connor 6'2 200 23 2 1 0 1 22 -- -- RW 24 Keke Mortson 6'0 175 43 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 D 5 Al McLeod 5'11 200 28 6 1 0 1 2 -- -- D 2 John Schella 6'0 190 30 6 0 1 1 33 0 0 C 19 Steve West 5'0 165 25 6 1 0 1 0 -- -- G 30 Wayne Rutledge 6'2 200 35 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 G 1 Lynn Zimmerman 5'8 155 35 4 0 0 0 6 0 0 D 17 Larry Hale 6'1 180 36 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 11 Frank Hughes 5'10 180 28 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- D 24 Glen Irwin 5'11 195 26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LW 17 John Mazur 5'10 175 23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 21 Rich Preston 6'0 185 25 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- G 31 Ernie Wakely 5'11 160 37 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pos # Goalie Age GP Min GA GAA W L T Sht Pct EN SO G 1 Lynn Zimmerman 35 4 239 21 5.27 1 2 .000 0 0 G 30 Wayne Rutledge 35 3 131 8 3.66 1 2 .000 0 0
Game Log:   Click on the date to view the game summary.
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
10/12/1977   vs New England Whalers       L   0-3     0-1-0
10/14/1977   at Birmingham Bulls          L   3-5     0-2-0
10/15/1977   vs Indianapolis Racers       W   5-1     1-2-0
10/21/1977   vs Cincinnati Stingers       W   6-5     2-2-0
10/26/1977   vs Edmonton Oilers           W   8-7     3-2-0
10/29/1977   at New England Whalers       L   2-7     3-3-0
10/30/1977   at Quebec Nordiques          L   4-5     3-4-0
11/01/1977   at Indianapolis Racers       L   3-6     3-5-0
11/02/1977   vs Birmingham Bulls          W   5-3     4-5-0
11/04/1977   vs Quebec Nordiques          L   6-7     4-6-0
11/06/1977   at Edmonton Oilers           L   1-7     4-7-0
11/09/1977   at Winnipeg Jets             L   3-4     4-8-0
11/11/1977   vs Indianapolis Racers       W   5-3     5-8-0
11/18/1977   vs Quebec Nordiques          W   6-5     6-8-0
11/19/1977   at Birmingham Bulls          L   3-4     6-9-0
11/23/1977   vs Birmingham Bulls          W   3-0     7-9-0
11/25/1977   vs Cincinnati Stingers       W   3-1     8-9-0
11/30/1977   vs New England Whalers       T   3-3     8-9-1
12/02/1977   vs Indianapolis Racers       L   2-4     8-10-1
12/04/1977   at Cincinnati Stingers       W   3-2     9-10-1
12/06/1977   at Quebec Nordiques          L   3-4     9-11-1
12/07/1977   at Winnipeg Jets             L   2-5     9-12-1
12/09/1977   at Edmonton Oilers           W   5-3     10-12-1
12/11/1977   at Edmonton Oilers           W   4-2     11-12-1
12/13/1977   vs Birmingham Bulls          L   3-5     11-13-1
12/15/1977   at Indianapolis Racers       T   3-3     11-13-2
12/18/1977   vs Czech All Stars           W   3-2     12-13-2
12/20/1977   vs Edmonton Oilers           W   6-4     13-13-2
12/21/1977   vs Winnipeg Jets             L   3-4     13-14-2
12/23/1977   vs Soviet All Stars          L   2-6     13-15-2
12/29/1977   at Indianapolis Racers       W   7-1     14-15-2
12/30/1977   vs Cincinnati Stingers       T   5-5     14-15-3
01/01/1978   at Edmonton Oilers           W   2-1     15-15-3
01/04/1978   at Cincinnati Stingers       L   3-5     15-16-3
01/06/1978   at Birmingham Bulls          L   4-6     15-17-3
01/07/1978   vs Indianapolis Racers       L   1-2     15-18-3
01/08/1978   vs Edmonton Oilers           L   2-4     15-19-3
01/13/1978   vs Winnipeg Jets             W   3-2     16-19-3
01/14/1978   at New England Whalers       W   5-4     17-19-3
01/20/1978   at Indianapolis Racers       W   4-3     18-19-3
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
01/21/1978   vs Cincinnati Stingers       W   5-2     19-19-3
01/22/1978   vs Birmingham Bulls          W   4-2     20-19-3
01/24/1978   at Quebec Nordiques          W   6-5     21-19-3
01/26/1978   vs Winnipeg Jets             W   2-1     22-19-3
01/28/1978   vs New England Whalers       L   0-3     22-20-3
01/29/1978   vs New England Whalers       W   6-4     23-20-3
01/31/1978   at Birmingham Bulls          W   4-2     24-20-3
02/03/1978   at Cincinnati Stingers       L   0-1     24-21-3
02/04/1978   vs New England Whalers       W   5-4     25-21-3
02/09/1978   vs Quebec Nordiques          W   2-1     26-21-3
02/11/1978   vs Quebec Nordiques          W   8-4     27-21-3
02/12/1978   vs Winnipeg Jets             L   5-6     27-22-3
02/15/1978   at Cincinnati Stingers       W   5-2     28-22-3
02/16/1978   vs Birmingham Bulls          L   2-5     28-23-3
02/17/1978   vs Cincinnati Stingers       L   3-4     28-24-3
02/18/1978   at Birmingham Bulls          W   3-2     29-24-3
02/22/1978   at Edmonton Oilers           W   6-5     30-24-3
02/24/1978   at Edmonton Oilers           L   4-5     30-25-3
02/26/1978   at Winnipeg Jets             L   6-9     30-26-3
02/28/1978   at Quebec Nordiques          L   2-5     30-27-3
03/01/1978   at Indianapolis Racers       L   1-5     30-28-3
03/03/1978   at New England Whalers       W   3-2     31-28-3
03/04/1978   at Quebec Nordiques          T   3-3     31-28-4
03/05/1978   at Winnipeg Jets             W   4-3     32-28-4
03/07/1978   vs Edmonton Oilers           W   4-3     33-28-4
03/09/1978   vs New England Whalers       W   6-4     34-28-4
03/11/1978   at Indianapolis Racers       L   2-4     34-29-4
03/12/1978   vs Indianapolis Racers       W   6-3     35-29-4
03/17/1978   vs Birmingham Bulls          L   2-3     35-30-4
03/22/1978   at Cincinnati Stingers       L   2-9     35-31-4
03/24/1978   at New England Whalers       W   1-0     36-31-4
03/25/1978   vs Quebec Nordiques          W   4-3     37-31-4
03/28/1978   vs Winnipeg Jets             W   5-3     38-31-4
03/30/1978   vs Edmonton Oilers           W   5-1     39-31-4
04/02/1978   at Quebec Nordiques          L   1-7     39-32-4
04/03/1978   at New England Whalers       L   6-8     39-33-4
04/04/1978   vs Winnipeg Jets             W   6-3     40-33-4
04/07/1978   at Birmingham Bulls          L   3-5     40-34-4
04/08/1978   vs Cincinnati Stingers       W   5-4     41-34-4
04/09/1978   at Winnipeg Jets             W   5-4     42-34-4

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