1976–77 Houston Aeros season

The 1976–77 Houston Aeros season was the Aeros' fifth season of operation in the World Hockey Association. The Aeros finished first in the West to qualify for the playoffs. The Aeros would lose in the semi-finals to the Winnipeg Jets.

1976–77 Houston Aeros (WHA)
Division1st West
1976–77 record50–24–6
Home record33–3–4
Road record17–21–2
Goals for320
Goals against241
Team information
CoachBill Dineen
ArenaThe Summit
Team leaders
GoalsRich Preston
AssistsTerry Ruskowski
PointsTerry Ruskowski

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Western Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Houston Aeros 80 50 24 6 320 241 106
Winnipeg Jets 80 46 32 2 366 291 94
San Diego Mariners 81 40 37 4 284 283 85
Edmonton Oilers 81 34 43 4 243 304 72
Calgary Cowboys 81 31 43 7 252 296 69
Phoenix Roadrunners 80 28 48 4 281 383 60

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 8, 1976 2–4 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 0–1–0
2 W October 9, 1976 5–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 1–1–0
3 W October 13, 1976 2–1 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 2–1–0
4 W October 16, 1976 3–0 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 3–1–0
5 T October 19, 1976 4–4 New England Whalers (1976–77) 3–1–1
6 L October 21, 1976 5–8 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 3–2–1
7 L October 22, 1976 2–5 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 3–3–1
8 L October 23, 1976 2–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 3–4–1
9 W October 26, 1976 3–1 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 4–4–1
10 T October 28, 1976 1–1 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 4–4–2
11 L October 30, 1976 4–6 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 4–5–2
12 W October 31, 1976 4–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 5–5–2
13 W November 2, 1976 3–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 6–5–2
14 W November 5, 1976 9–1 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 7–5–2
15 L November 6, 1976 1–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 7–6–2
16 W November 9, 1976 7–2 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 8–6–2
17 W November 12, 1976 4–1 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 9–6–2
18 W November 16, 1976 4–2 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 10–6–2
19 L November 19, 1976 3–5 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 10–7–2
20 W November 20, 1976 5–2 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 11–7–2
21 W November 23, 1976 5–3 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 12–7–2
22 T November 26, 1976 1–1 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 12–7–3
23 T December 3, 1976 0–0 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 12–7–4
24 L December 5, 1976 2–7 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 12–8–4
25 L December 8, 1976 1–5 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 12–9–4
26 L December 10, 1976 2–6 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 12–10–4
27 L December 11, 1976 1–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 12–11–4
28 W December 12, 1976 3–1 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 13–11–4
29 W December 14, 1976 8–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 14–11–4
30 L December 17, 1976 3–4 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 14–12–4
31 L December 18, 1976 3–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 14–13–4
32 W December 19, 1976 6–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 15–13–4
33 W December 21, 1976 4–0 New England Whalers (1976–77) 16–13–4
34 W December 23, 1976 6–5 OT Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 17–13–4
35 L December 26, 1976 2–6 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 17–14–4
36 W December 28, 1976 6–3 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 18–14–4
37 L January 2, 1977 2–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 18–15–4
38 W January 4, 1977 5–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 19–15–4
39 W January 5, 1977 4–3 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 20–15–4
40 T January 7, 1977 1–1 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 20–15–5
41 L January 12, 1977 2–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 20–16–5
42 W January 14, 1977 5–3 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 21–16–5
43 W January 16, 1977 3–1 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 22–16–5
44 W January 21, 1977 6–1 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 23–16–5
45 W January 22, 1977 6–0 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 24–16–5
46 W January 23, 1977 5–3 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 25–16–5
47 W January 25, 1977 5–2 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 26–16–5
48 W January 28, 1977 4–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 27–16–5
49 W January 29, 1977 6–4 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 28–16–5
50 W February 1, 1977 6–1 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 29–16–5
51 L February 3, 1977 3–5 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 29–17–5
52 W February 4, 1977 4–1 New England Whalers (1976–77) 30–17–5
53 T February 8, 1977 4–4 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 30–17–6
54 W February 12, 1977 7–3 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 31–17–6
55 W February 15, 1977 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 32–17–6
56 W February 18, 1977 4–2 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 33–17–6
57 W February 19, 1977 5–3 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 34–17–6
58 L February 22, 1977 2–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 34–18–6
59 L February 23, 1977 2–3 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 34–19–6
60 W February 25, 1977 9–3 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 35–19–6
61 W February 26, 1977 5–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 36–19–6
62 W February 27, 1977 5–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 37–19–6
63 W March 1, 1977 8–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 38–19–6
64 L March 4, 1977 2–3 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 38–20–6
65 W March 6, 1977 7–3 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 39–20–6
66 W March 8, 1977 5–3 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 40–20–6
67 W March 11, 1977 5–0 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 41–20–6
68 W March 13, 1977 5–0 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 42–20–6
69 W March 15, 1977 4–3 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 43–20–6
70 W March 18, 1977 6–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 44–20–6
71 W March 20, 1977 8–3 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 45–20–6
72 L March 22, 1977 2–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 45–21–6
73 W March 25, 1977 4–2 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 46–21–6
74 L March 27, 1977 3–5 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 46–22–6
75 W March 29, 1977 5–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 47–22–6
76 L March 30, 1977 0–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 47–23–6
77 W April 1, 1977 5–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 48–23–6
78 L April 3, 1977 3–7 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 48–24–6
79 W April 5, 1977 3–1 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 49–24–6
80 W April 6, 1977 5–3 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 50–24–6

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PlayoffsEdit

The Aeros defeated the Edmonton Oilers in the Division Semi-final 4–1. In the Division Final, the Aeros were defeated by the Winnipeg Jets 4–2 in a rematch of the 1976 Avco Cup final.

Houston Aeros 4, Edmonton Oilers 1 – SemifinalsEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 13 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 OT Houston Aeros 1–0
2 April 15 Edmonton Oilers 2–6 Houston Aeros 2–0
3 April 17 Houston Aeros 2–7 Edmonton Oilers 2–1
4 April 20 Houston Aeros 4–1 Edmonton Oilers 3–1
5 April 22 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Houston Aeros 4–1

Winnipeg Jets 4, Houston Aeros 2 – Division FinalsEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 26 Winnipeg Jets 4–3 OT Houston Aeros 0–1
2 April 28 Winnipeg Jets 2–7 Houston Aeros 1–1
3 April 30 Houston Aeros 3–4 Winnipeg Jets 1–2
4 May 1 Houston Aeros 4–6 Winnipeg Jets 1–3
5 May 3 Winnipeg Jets 2–3 Houston Aeros 2–3
6 May 5 Houston Aeros 3–6 Winnipeg Jets 2–4

Player statsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Terry Ruskowski C 80 24 60 84 146 31 7 0 5
Rich Preston RW 80 38 41 79 54 37 6 5 5
Mark Howe D 57 23 52 75 46 41 5 3 8
Gordie Howe RW 62 24 44 68 57 27 5 1 3
Poul Popiel D 80 12 56 68 87 53 2 0 0
Cam Connor RW 76 35 32 67 224 23 6 1 6
Larry Lund C 80 29 38 67 36 20 7 0 11
John Tonelli LW 80 24 31 55 109 14 6 1 0
Ted Taylor LW 78 16 35 51 90 28 4 0 0
Morris Lukowich LW 68 27 18 45 67 20 6 0 0
Marty Howe D 80 17 28 45 103 29 3 0 0
John Gray RW 47 21 20 41 25 22 3 0 0
Al McLeod D 51 7 21 28 20 19 1 0 0
Don Larway RW 75 11 13 24 112 5 3 0 0
Larry Hale D 67 0 14 14 18 9 0 0 0
Frank Hughes LW 27 3 8 11 2 −5 0 0 0
Ron Hansis RW 22 4 3 7 6 −4 0 0 0
Glen Irwin D 44 2 4 6 168 −12 0 0 0
John Schella D 20 0 6 6 28 8 0 0 0
Andre Hinse LW 26 2 3 5 8 −9 0 0 0
Dwayne Pentland D 29 1 2 3 6 3 0 0 0
Wayne Rutledge G 42 0 3 3 6 0 0 0 0
Gary Donaldson RW 5 0 0 0 6 −3 0 0 0
Mike Fedorko C 4 0 0 0 0 −4 0 0 0
Ron Grahame G 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve West C 3 0 0 0 2 −3 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Ron Grahame 2345 39 27 10 2 107 2.74 4
Wayne Rutledge 2512 42 23 14 4 132 3.15 3
Team: 4857 80 50 24 6 239 2.95 7
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Terry Ruskowski C 11 6 11 17 67 0 0 0
Mark Howe D 11 4 10 14 2 0 0 1
Morris Lukowich LW 11 6 4 10 19 0 0 1
Larry Lund C 11 2 8 10 17 0 0 0
Gordie Howe RW 11 5 3 8 11 0 0 0
Ted Taylor LW 11 4 4 8 28 0 0 2
Rich Preston RW 11 3 5 8 10 0 0 0
Cam Connor RW 11 3 4 7 47 0 0 0
John Tonelli LW 11 3 4 7 12 0 0 0
Poul Popiel D 11 0 7 7 10 0 0 0
Marty Howe D 11 3 1 4 10 0 0 1
Al McLeod D 10 1 3 4 9 0 0 0
John Schella D 6 1 2 3 6 0 0 0
Ron Hansis RW 8 1 1 2 4 0 0 1
Larry Hale D 11 0 2 2 6 0 0 0
Don Larway RW 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ron Grahame G 9 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
John Gray RW 6 0 1 1 8 0 0 0
Dwayne Pentland D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wayne Rutledge G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Steve West C 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Wayne Rutledge 120 2 4 5 4 2.00 0
Ron Grahame 561 9 2 0 36 3.85 0
Team: 681 11 6 5 40 3.52 0

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

Houston's draft picks at the 1976 WHA Amateur Draft.[3]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 22 Morris Lukowich (LW)   Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
3 34 Jim Roberts (LW)   Canada Ottawa 67's (OHA)
4 46 Mike Fedorko (D)   Canada Hamilton Fincups (OHA)
5 58 Larry Skinner (C)   Canada Ottawa 67's (OHA)
6 70 Kevin Schamehorn (RW)   Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
7 82 Mike Hordy (D)   Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
8 93 Larry Riggin (D)   Canada London Knights (OHA)
9 104 Bill Wells (LW)   Canada Cornwall Royals (QMJHL)
10 116 Bob Pazzelli (F)   United States University of Denver (WCHA)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1976–77 Houston Aeros Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  2. ^ "1976-77 Houston Aeros Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  3. ^ "1976 WHA Amateur Draft". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved December 19, 2018.

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