1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division3rd Norris
Conference5th Wales
1976–77 record34–33–13
Goals for240
Goals against252
Team information
General ManagerWren Blair (Oct–Dec)
Baz Bastien (Dec–Apr)
CoachKen Schinkel
CaptainRon Schock
Alternate captainsNone
ArenaPittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
GoalsJean Pronovost (33)
AssistsSyl Apps, Jr. (43)
PointsJean Pronovost (64)
Penalty minutesBob Kelly (115)
WinsDunc Wilson (18)
Goals against averageDenis Herron (2.94)

The 1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their tenth in the National Hockey League. They finished third in the Norris Division for the third season in a row. In the playoffs, the Penguins were eliminated in the first round. Changes occurred in management and ownership. In December 1976, Baz Bastien replaced Wren Blair as the club's general manager. The club was sold to shopping mall magnate Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. in February 1977.

Regular season[edit]

Despite the fact that Pierre Larouche, Jean Pronovost and Syl Apps were unable to reproduce their franchise record-setting offensive output of the previous season the team finished with a similar regular season record on the strength of improved defensive prowess and the goaltending of Dunc Wilson and Denis Herron, who was re-acquired from the Kansas City Scouts in the off-season.

General Manager Wren Blair, who had been part of the ownership group which bought the club from the NHL in July 1975 until February 1976, was removed from his position December 3, 1976. Aldege 'Baz' Bastien, the man who had coached the American Hockey League's Pittsburgh Hornets to a Calder Cup championship in 1967, was named Blair's replacement.

Co-owners Al Savill and Otto Frenzel sold the club to shopping mall magnate Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. in February 1977, less than two years after having bought the team from the NHL.

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 60 8 12 387 171 132
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 31 15 271 241 83
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 34 33 13 240 252 81
Washington Capitals 80 24 42 14 221 307 62
Detroit Red Wings 80 16 55 9 183 309 41

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

1976–77 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie

Playoffs[edit]

The Penguins' opponent in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs was once again the Toronto Maple Leafs. While the Penguins' offensive output greatly improved to ten goals scored (compared to 1976's three goals), the Maple Leafs once again dispatched the Penguins in three games.


Toronto won series 2–1


Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[4]
Player GP W L T GA SO
Dunc Wilson 45 18 19 8 129 5
Denis Herron 34 15 11 5 94 1
Gordon Laxton 6 1 3 0 26 0
Total 34 33 13 249 6
Playoffs[5]
Player GP W L T GA SO
Denis Herron 3 1 2 0 11 0
Total 1 2 0 11 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Syl Apps, Jr. became the first player to record 300 assists for the Penguins. He did so in a 9–5 win over Vancouver on October 6th.
  • Jean Pronovost became the first person to play 600 games for the Penguins. He did so in a 1–2 loss to Atlanta on October 15th.
  • Jean Pronovost became the first player to score 500 points for the Penguins. He did so in a 3–6 loss to New York on December 11th.

Transactions[edit]

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

Trades[edit]

August 11, 1976 To Montreal Canadiens

1978 3rd round pick
future considerations

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Don Awrey

October 8, 1976 To New York Rangers

1978 4th round pick

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Dunc Wilson

October 18, 1976 To Los Angeles Kings

1977 5th round pick

To Pittsburgh Penguins

Mike Corrigan

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Denis Herron Kansas City Scouts free agency (1976-08-07)
Steve Lyon Minnesota North Stars free agency (1976–11)
Tom Price Cleveland Barons free agency (1977-02-28)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Barry Wilkins Edmonton Oilers (WHA) free agency
Pete Laframboise Edmonton Oilers (WHA) free agency (1976-05)
Simon Nolet Colorado Rockies compensation for signing of Denis Herron (1976-08-07)
Michel Plasse Colorado Rockies compensation for signing of Denis Herron (1976-08-07)
Colin Campbell Colorado Rockies compensation for signing of Denis Herron (1976-09-01)

Colin Campbell was loaned to the Rockies for one season. He was returned to the Penguins in 1977.

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Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age NHL Draft Birthplace
7 United States Russell Anderson D L 22 1975 Minneapolis, Minnesota
26 Canada Syl Apps Jr. C R 29 1964 Toronto, Ontario
24 Canada Don Awrey D L 33 Undrafted Kitchener, Ontario
20 Canada Yves Bergeron RW R 25 1972 Malartic, Quebec
14 Canada Wayne Bianchin RW L 23 1973 Nanaimo, British Columbia
4 Canada David Burrows D L 28 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario
9 Canada Blair Chapman RW R 20 1976 Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
27 Canada Mike Corrigan LW L 31 Undrafted Ottawa, Ontario
5 Canada Mario Faubert D R 22 1974 Valleyfield, Quebec
23 Canada Ed Gilbert C L 25 1972 Hamilton, Ontario
15 United States Stan Gilbertson LW L 32 Undrafted Duluth, Minnesota
11 Canada Vic Hadfield LW L 36 Undrafted Oakville, Ontario
1 Canada Denis Herron G L 24 1972 Chambly, Quebec
8 Canada Rick Kehoe RW R 25 1971 Windsor, Ontario
22 Canada John Kelly RW L 30 1967 Fort William, Ontario
10 Canada Pierre Larouche C R 21 1974 Taschereau, Quebec
30 Canada Gordon Laxton G L 22 1975 Montreal, Quebec
5 Canada Steve Lyon D R 24 1972 Toronto, Ontario
18 Canada Lowell MacDonald LW R 35 Undrafted New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
12 Canada William Malone C L 21 1976 Fredericton, New Brunswick
16 Canada Lew Morrison RW R 29 1968 Gainsborough, Saskatchewan
25 Canada Dennis Owchar D R 24 1973 Dryden, Ontario
6 Canada Thomas Price D 22 1974 Toronto, Ontario
19 Canada Jean Pronovost RW R 31 Undrafted Shawinigan Falls, Quebec
17 Canada Ron Schock (C) C L 33 Undrafted Chapleau, Ontario
3 Canada Ronald Stackhouse D R 27 1969 Haliburton, Ontario
2 Canada Ed Van Impe D L 36 Undrafted Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
29 Canada Dunc Wilson G L 29 Undrafted Toronto, Ontario

Draft picks[edit]

The 1976 NHL Amateur Draft was held on June 1, 1976 in Montreal, Quebec.[6]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 2 Blair Chapman Right Wing  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
2 19 Greg Malone Center  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)
2 29 Peter Marsh Right Wing  Canada Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
3 47 Morris Lukowich Left Wing  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
4 65 Greg Redquest Goaltender  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)
5 83 Brendan Lowe Defense  Canada Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
6 101 Vic Sirko Defense  Canada Oshawa Generals (OHA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225.
  2. ^ "1976–1977 – Regular Season – Pittsburgh Penguins – All Skaters – Summary – Points – NHL.com – Stats". NHL.
  3. ^ "1976–1977 – Playoffs – Pittsburgh Penguins – All Skaters – Summary – Points – NHL.com – Stats". NHL.
  4. ^ "1976–1977 – Regular Season – Pittsburgh Penguins – Goalie – Summary – Wins – NHL.com – Stats". NHL.
  5. ^ "1976–1977 – Playoffs – Pittsburgh Penguins – Goalie – Summary – Wins – NHL.com – Stats". NHL.
  6. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". NHL.