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1977-1978 New England Whalers: 44-31-5
Previous Season Next Season Home record: 26-14-1 (180 goals scored, 120 allowed) Road record: 18-17-4 (155 goals scored, 149 allowed) Head Coach: Harry Neale Power Play: 62/239 (25.9%) Penalty Killing: 250/315 (79.4%) Shorthanded Goals For-Against: 9-4 Even Strength Goals For-Against: 264-200 335 goals scored (3rd of 10 teams), 269 goals allowed (3rd), 1255 PIM (5th) 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% +/- RW 9 Gordie Howe 6'0 205 49 76 34 62 96 85 16 0 -- -- -- -- 163 20.9 +46 D 5 Mark Howe 5'11 185 22 70 30 61 91 32 4 0 -- -- -- -- 220 13.6 +30 C 17 Mike Rogers 5'9 170 23 80 28 43 71 46 4 1 -- -- -- -- 204 13.7 +22 C 12 Mike Antonovich 5'8 165 26 75 32 35 67 32 5 0 -- -- -- -- 243 13.2 +17 C 14 Dave Keon 5'9 165 37 77 24 38 62 2 1 5 -- -- -- -- 169 14.2 -4 D 7 Gordie Roberts 6'1 195 20 78 15 46 61 118 5 0 -- -- -- -- 135 11.1 +17 RW 19 John McKenzie 5'9 175 40 79 27 29 56 61 9 0 -- -- -- -- 135 20.0 +15 LW 16 George Lyle 6'2 205 24 68 30 24 54 74 3 0 -- -- -- -- 161 18.6 +12 D 2 Rick Ley 5'9 190 29 73 3 41 44 95 0 0 -- -- -- -- 106 2.8 +36 C 4 Larry Pleau 6'1 190 30 54 16 18 34 4 2 0 -- -- -- -- 91 17.6 +12 D 3 Brad Selwood 6'1 200 29 80 6 25 31 88 2 0 -- -- -- -- 109 5.5 +11 D 10 Alan Hangsleben 6'1 195 24 79 11 18 29 140 0 0 -- -- -- -- 152 7.2 +17 LW 23 Jack Carlson 6'3 205 23 67 9 20 29 192 0 0 -- -- -- -- 81 11.1 +9 C 11 Greg Carroll 6'0 185 21 49 9 14 23 27 0 2 -- -- -- -- 70 12.9 +3 RW 8 Tom Webster 5'10 170 29 20 15 5 20 5 5 0 -- -- -- -- 70 21.4 +8 RW 27 Jim Mayer 6'0 190 23 51 11 9 20 21 1 0 -- -- -- -- 57 19.3 +1 D 18 Marty Howe 6'1 195 23 75 10 10 20 66 1 0 -- -- -- -- 146 6.8 +10 RW 15 Tim Sheehy 6'1 185 29 25 8 11 19 14 3 0 -- -- -- -- 43 18.6 -2 D 22 Bill Butters 5'10 185 26 45 1 13 14 69 0 0 -- -- -- -- 17 5.9 -21 C 26 Steve Carlson 6'3 180 22 38 6 7 13 11 1 1 -- -- -- -- 41 14.6 +7 LW 21 Dan Bolduc 5'9 180 24 41 5 5 10 22 0 0 -- -- -- -- 37 13.5 +6 D 6 Ron Plumb 5'10 175 27 27 1 9 10 18 0 0 -- -- -- -- 74 1.4 +6 D 24 Bryan Maxwell 6'2 200 22 17 2 1 3 11 0 0 -- -- -- -- 30 6.7 +9 G 1 Al Smith 6'1 200 32 55 0 3 3 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- C 20 Andre Peloffy 5'8 160 26 10 2 0 2 2 0 0 -- -- -- -- 3 66.7 -2 G 30 Louis Levasseur 5'10 160 28 27 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- --
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    1  Al Smith             32   55  3246  174  3.22  30  20   3 1510   .885   1   5
G   30  Louis Levasseur      28   27  1655   91  3.30  14  11   2  796   .886   3   3
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
  2   11  C    Ron Areshenkoff                       Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)         
  2   15  D    Moe Robinson                          Kingston Canadians (OHA)           
  2   19  RW   Randy Pierce                          Sudbury Wolves (OHA)               
  3   23  D    John Baby                             Sudbury Wolves (OHA)               
  5   43  RW   Brian Hill                            Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)         
  6   52  D    Jim Korn                              Providence College (NCAA)          

Traded draft picks:


Transactions
06-1977signed Gordie Howe as a free agent
06-1977Ralph Backstrom retired
06-11-1977signed Jim Mayer (after Calgary folded) as a free agent
07-1977Tommy Abrahamsson retired
07-1977released Doug Roberts
08-15-1977signed Al Smith as a free agent
02-1978traded Greg Carroll to Stingers for Ron Plumb
02-1978signed Bryan Maxwell as a free agent
02-09-1978released Bryan Maxwell
02-12-1978purchased Tim Sheehy from Red Wings
05-1978Oilers claimed Jim Mayer on waivers
07-1978released Andre Peloffy
09-1978Larry Pleau retired
10-1978Tom Webster retired


Playoff Results:   Click on the date to view the game summary. Date Opponent Result Round 1 04/14/1978 vs Edmonton Oilers W 6-4 04/16/1978 vs Edmonton Oilers W 4-1 04/19/1978 at Edmonton Oilers L 0-2 04/21/1978 at Edmonton Oilers W 9-1 04/23/1978 vs Edmonton Oilers W 4-1 -------------------------------------------------- Semifinals 04/28/1978 vs Quebec Nordiques W 5-1 04/30/1978 vs Quebec Nordiques L 2-3 05/03/1978 at Quebec Nordiques W 5-4 05/05/1978 at Quebec Nordiques W 7-3 05/07/1978 vs Quebec Nordiques W 6-3 -------------------------------------------------- Finals 05/12/1978 vs Winnipeg Jets L 1-4 05/14/1978 vs Winnipeg Jets L 2-5 05/19/1978 at Winnipeg Jets L 2-10 05/22/1978 at Winnipeg Jets L 3-5 Playoff Stats: Pos # Player Hgt Wgt Age GP G A Pts PIM PP SH TGF PGF TGA PGA S S% +/- C 12 Mike Antonovich 5'8 165 26 14 10 7 17 4 -- -- C 14 Dave Keon 5'9 165 37 14 5 11 16 4 -- -- D 5 Mark Howe 5'11 185 22 14 8 7 15 18 -- -- RW 19 John McKenzie 5'9 175 40 14 6 6 12 16 -- -- C 17 Mike Rogers 5'9 170 23 14 5 6 11 8 -- -- RW 9 Gordie Howe 6'0 205 49 14 5 5 10 15 -- -- C 26 Steve Carlson 6'3 180 22 13 2 7 9 2 -- -- D 2 Rick Ley 5'9 190 29 14 1 8 9 4 -- -- C 4 Larry Pleau 6'1 190 30 15 5 4 9 8 -- -- LW 21 Dan Bolduc 5'9 180 24 14 2 4 6 2 -- -- D 6 Ron Plumb 5'10 175 27 14 1 5 6 16 -- -- D 10 Alan Hangsleben 6'1 195 24 14 1 4 5 37 -- -- D 7 Gordie Roberts 6'1 195 20 14 0 5 5 29 0 0 RW 15 Tim Sheehy 6'1 185 29 13 1 3 4 9 -- -- LW 16 George Lyle 6'2 205 24 12 2 1 3 13 -- -- D 3 Brad Selwood 6'1 200 29 14 0 3 3 8 0 0 LW 23 Jack Carlson 6'3 205 23 9 1 1 2 14 -- -- D 18 Marty Howe 6'1 195 23 14 1 1 2 13 -- -- G 30 Louis Levasseur 5'10 160 28 12 0 1 1 2 0 0 C 20 Andre Peloffy 5'8 160 26 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 G 1 Al Smith 6'1 200 32 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 D 22 Bill Butters 5'10 185 26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- C 11 Greg Carroll 6'0 185 21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- D 24 Bryan Maxwell 6'2 200 22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 27 Jim Mayer 6'0 190 23 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- RW 8 Tom Webster 5'10 170 29 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pos # Goalie Age GP Min GA GAA W L T Sht Pct EN SO G 30 Louis Levasseur 28 12 719 31 2.59 8 4 .000 0 G 1 Al Smith 32 3 120 14 7.00 0 2 .000 0
Game Log:   Click on the date to view the game summary.
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
10/12/1977   at Houston Aeros             W   3-0     1-0-0
10/15/1977   vs Birmingham Bulls          W   5-2     2-0-0
10/16/1977   at Cincinnati Stingers       L   2-6     2-1-0
10/18/1977   at Indianapolis Racers       T   2-2     2-1-1
10/19/1977   at Edmonton Oilers           W   6-3     3-1-1
10/21/1977   at Winnipeg Jets             W   5-2     4-1-1
10/26/1977   vs Quebec Nordiques          W   7-1     5-1-1
10/29/1977   vs Houston Aeros             W   7-2     6-1-1
11/01/1977   at Quebec Nordiques          W   6-3     7-1-1
11/04/1977   vs Cincinnati Stingers       W   4-3     8-1-1
11/06/1977   at Cincinnati Stingers       W   5-2     9-1-1
11/08/1977   at Birmingham Bulls          W   4-3     10-1-1
11/10/1977   vs Edmonton Oilers           W   5-3     11-1-1
11/12/1977   vs Indianapolis Racers       W   5-3     12-1-1
11/15/1977   at Indianapolis Racers       W   6-4     13-1-1
11/18/1977   vs Winnipeg Jets             W   3-2     14-1-1
11/20/1977   at Edmonton Oilers           W   5-4     15-1-1
11/22/1977   at Quebec Nordiques          L   4-5     15-2-1
11/23/1977   vs Indianapolis Racers       T   3-3     15-2-2
11/25/1977   vs Quebec Nordiques          L   2-6     15-3-2
11/26/1977   vs Edmonton Oilers           L   1-3     15-4-2
11/30/1977   at Houston Aeros             T   3-3     15-4-3
12/02/1977   vs Winnipeg Jets             W   4-1     16-4-3
12/03/1977   vs Cincinnati Stingers       L   2-5     16-5-3
12/06/1977   at Indianapolis Racers       L   2-5     16-6-3
12/07/1977   at Birmingham Bulls          W   6-3     17-6-3
12/09/1977   at Birmingham Bulls          W   2-1     18-6-3
12/14/1977   vs Soviet All Stars          W   7-2     19-6-3
12/16/1977   vs Czech All Stars           W   5-3     20-6-3
12/17/1977   vs Winnipeg Jets             L   3-6     20-7-3
12/18/1977   at Winnipeg Jets             L   3-7     20-8-3
12/23/1977   vs Indianapolis Racers       W   5-3     21-8-3
12/27/1977   vs Birmingham Bulls          W   8-1     22-8-3
12/30/1977   vs Birmingham Bulls          W   6-2     23-8-3
01/01/1978   at Cincinnati Stingers       W   4-3     24-8-3
01/04/1978   vs Quebec Nordiques          L   4-6     24-9-3
01/06/1978   at Indianapolis Racers       L   3-4     24-10-3
01/07/1978   vs Cincinnati Stingers       W   5-3     25-10-3
01/08/1978   vs Birmingham Bulls          L   4-5     25-11-3
01/13/1978   vs Edmonton Oilers           W   2-0     26-11-3
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
01/14/1978   vs Houston Aeros             L   4-5     26-12-3
01/18/1978   at Edmonton Oilers           L   0-1     26-13-3
01/20/1978   at Winnipeg Jets             T   4-4     26-13-4
01/21/1978   at Quebec Nordiques          L   2-3     26-14-4
01/22/1978   vs Quebec Nordiques          W   6-3     27-14-4
01/25/1978   at Cincinnati Stingers       L   7-8     27-15-4
01/27/1978   at Birmingham Bulls          W   6-2     28-15-4
01/28/1978   at Houston Aeros             W   3-0     29-15-4
01/29/1978   at Houston Aeros             L   4-6     29-16-4
02/01/1978   vs Edmonton Oilers           W   4-3     30-16-4
02/03/1978   vs Edmonton Oilers           L   3-6     30-17-4
02/04/1978   at Houston Aeros             L   4-5     30-18-4
02/11/1978   at Cincinnati Stingers       W   8-7     31-18-4
02/14/1978   vs Quebec Nordiques          W   5-1     32-18-4
02/16/1978   vs Winnipeg Jets             L   1-2     32-19-4
02/18/1978   at Indianapolis Racers       W   4-1     33-19-4
02/21/1978   at Quebec Nordiques          L   5-6     33-20-4
02/22/1978   at Winnipeg Jets             L   2-4     33-21-4
02/24/1978   at Winnipeg Jets             L   2-7     33-22-4
02/26/1978   at Edmonton Oilers           W   6-5     34-22-4
03/01/1978   vs Quebec Nordiques          L   3-4     34-23-4
03/03/1978   vs Houston Aeros             L   2-3     34-24-4
03/04/1978   vs Birmingham Bulls          L   2-5     34-25-4
03/05/1978   at Quebec Nordiques          L   1-2     34-26-4
03/09/1978   at Houston Aeros             L   4-6     34-27-4
03/10/1978   at Birmingham Bulls          W   5-4     35-27-4
03/14/1978   vs Birmingham Bulls          W   6-0     36-27-4
03/15/1978   vs Indianapolis Racers       W   7-0     37-27-4
03/17/1978   at Cincinnati Stingers       W   6-2     38-27-4
03/18/1978   at Quebec Nordiques          L   3-5     38-28-4
03/21/1978   vs Indianapolis Racers       W   6-3     39-28-4
03/22/1978   vs Winnipeg Jets             L   3-5     39-29-4
03/24/1978   vs Houston Aeros             L   0-1     39-30-4
03/26/1978   vs Edmonton Oilers           W   5-3     40-30-4
03/29/1978   vs Cincinnati Stingers       W   6-1     41-30-4
04/03/1978   vs Houston Aeros             W   8-6     42-30-4
04/05/1978   at Edmonton Oilers           T   4-4     42-30-5
04/06/1978   at Winnipeg Jets             L   4-7     42-31-5
04/10/1978   vs Cincinnati Stingers       W   6-1     43-31-5
04/11/1978   vs Indianapolis Racers       W   6-3     44-31-5

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