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75-76CalGS
1975–76 California Golden Seals · NHL
Division 4th Adams
Conference 7th Prince of Wales
1975–76 record 27-42-11
Goals for 250
Goals against 278
General Manager Bill McCreary
Captain Jim Neilson & Bob Stewart (co-captains)
Arena Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
Team leaders
Goals Al MacAdam (32)
Assists Dennis Maruk (32)
Points Al McAdam (63)
Penalties in minutes Mike Christie (152)
Wins Gary Simmons (15)
Goals against average Gary Simmons (3.33)

The 1975–76 California Golden Seals season would be the Seals' ninth and final season in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The Seals were led by rookie Dennis Maruk.

Maruk centered the 3M line with Bob Murdoch and Al MacAdam. Both Maruk and MacAdam scored over 30 goals while Murdoch led the team in power play goals. Although they recorded a solid improvement over the previous season, the Seals fell 7 points shy of a playoff spot.

Owner Mel Swig was counting on the construction of a new arena in San Francisco, but after the proposal was defeated, he was convinced by minority owner George Gund III to relocate the franchise to Cleveland, where it was renamed Cleveland Barons.[1]

OffseasonEdit

Amateur DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 3. Ralph Klassen Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saskatoon Blades (WCHL)
2 21. Dennis Maruk Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OMJHL)
3 39. John Tweedle Flag of Canada.svg Canada Lake Superior State Lakers (CCHA)
4 57. Greg Smith Flag of Canada.svg Canada Colorado College Tigers (WCHA)
5 75. Doug Young Flag of Canada.svg Canada Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA)
6 93. Larry Hendrick Flag of Canada.svg Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
7 111. Rick Shinske Flag of Canada.svg Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
8 129. Doug Schoenfeld Flag of Canada.svg Canada Cambridge Hornets (OHA Sr. A)
9 146. Jim Weaver Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kingston Canadians (OMJHL)
10 162. Greg Agar Flag of Canada.svg Canada Merritt Centennials (BCJHL)

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 80 48 15 17 313 237 113
Buffalo Sabres 80 46 21 13 339 240 105
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 34 31 15 294 276 83
California Golden Seals 80 27 42 11 250 278 65

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
[2]

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 8, 19754–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 1–0–0
2WOctober 11, 19755–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 2–0–0
3LOctober 12, 19751–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 2–1–0
4LOctober 15, 19751–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 2–2–0
5TOctober 17, 19753–3 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 2–2–1
6LOctober 18, 19753–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 2–3–1
7WOctober 22, 19754–2 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 3–3–1
8TOctober 25, 19752–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 3–3–2
9LOctober 26, 19752–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 3–4–2
10LOctober 29, 19754–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 3–5–2
11LOctober 31, 19750–2 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 3–6–2
12LNovember 2, 19750–5 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 3–7–2
13LNovember 4, 19753–5 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 3–8–2
14LNovember 5, 19752–3 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 3–9–2
15WNovember 7, 19757–5 New York Rangers (1975–76) 4–9–2
16LNovember 9, 19753–6 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 4–10–2
17WNovember 11, 19753–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 5–10–2
18WNovember 12, 19755–1 New York Islanders (1975–76) 6–10–2
19LNovember 14, 19752–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 6–11–2
20LNovember 16, 19751–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 6–12–2
21WNovember 18, 19755–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 7–12–2
22LNovember 20, 19752–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 7–13–2
23WNovember 21, 19752–0 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 8–13–2
24LNovember 23, 19752–3 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 8–14–2
25WNovember 26, 19752–1 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 9–14–2
26LNovember 28, 19752–4 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 9–15–2
27LNovember 30, 19751–4 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 9–16–2
28LDecember 3, 19752–3 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 9–17–2
29WDecember 5, 19753–2 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 10–17–2
30TDecember 10, 19751–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 10–17–3
31WDecember 12, 19755–2 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 11–17–3
32LDecember 17, 19752–9 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 11–18–3
33WDecember 19, 19755–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 12–18–3
34LDecember 21, 19751–2 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 12–19–3
35LDecember 26, 19752–4 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 12–20–3
36LDecember 28, 19751–3 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 12–21–3
37LDecember 30, 19753–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 12–22–3
38LJanuary 1, 19761–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 12–23–3
39WJanuary 2, 19768–5 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 13–23–3
40WJanuary 7, 19764–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 14–23–3
41WJanuary 9, 19765–0 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 15–23–3
42LJanuary 10, 19762–3 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 15–24–3
43TJanuary 14, 19762–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 15–24–4
44WJanuary 16, 19767–0 New York Rangers (1975–76) 16–24–4
45WJanuary 17, 19765–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 17–24–4
46WJanuary 23, 19764–1 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 18–24–4
47WJanuary 25, 19765–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 19–24–4
48LJanuary 28, 19762–4 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 19–25–4
49LJanuary 30, 19764–5 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 19–26–4
50LFebruary 1, 19765–9 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 19–27–4
51TFebruary 3, 19764–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 19–27–5
52LFebruary 4, 19761–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 19–28–5
53LFebruary 6, 19761–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 19–29–5
54TFebruary 8, 19765–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 19–29–6
55TFebruary 11, 19764–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 19–29–7
56LFebruary 13, 19765–6 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 19–30–7
57WFebruary 15, 19767–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 20–30–7
58LFebruary 16, 19762–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 20–31–7
59WFebruary 18, 19766–3 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 21–31–7
60LFebruary 20, 19764–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 21–32–7
61WFebruary 22, 19765–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 22–32–7
62WFebruary 25, 19766–4 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 23–32–7
63TFebruary 26, 19761–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 23–32–8
64LFebruary 28, 19762–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 23–33–8
65LFebruary 29, 19761–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 23–34–8
66LMarch 2, 19761–2 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 23–35–8
67LMarch 3, 19762–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 23–36–8
68WMarch 5, 19764–3 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 24–36–8
69TMarch 7, 19767–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 24–36–9
70WMarch 10, 19764–3 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 25–36–9
71LMarch 13, 19762–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 25–37–9
72LMarch 14, 19762–4 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 25–38–9
73LMarch 17, 19763–5 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 25–39–9
74LMarch 19, 19761–4 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 25–40–9
75TMarch 20, 19762–2 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 25–40–10
76WMarch 22, 19767–1 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 26–40–10
77LMarch 26, 19762–3 New York Islanders (1975–76) 26–41–10
78TMarch 30, 19764–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 26–41–11
79LApril 2, 19760–5 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 26–42–11
80WApril 4, 19765–2 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 27–42–11

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Al MacAdam 80 32 31 63 49 - - - - -
Dennis Maruk 80 30 32 62 44 - - - - -
Wayne Merrick 56 25 27 52 36 - - - - -
Rick Hampton 73 14 37 51 54 - - - - -
Bob Murdoch 78 22 27 49 53 - - - - -
Gary Sabourin 76 21 28 49 33 - - - - -
Dave Gardner 74 16 31 47 8 - - - - -
Bob Girard 80 16 26 42 54 - - - - -
Jim Moxey 44 10 16 26 33 - - - - -
Fred Ahern 44 17 8 25 43 - - - - -
Ralph Klassen 71 6 15 21 26 - - - - -
Bob Stewart 76 4 17 21 112 - - - - -
Mike Christie 78 3 18 21 152 - - - - -
Jim Pappin 32 6 13 19 12 - - - - -
Len Frig 62 3 12 15 55 - - - - -
Dave Hrechkosy 38 9 5 14 14 - - - - -
George Pesut 45 3 9 12 57 - - - - -
Wayne King 46 1 11 12 26 - - - - -
Gary Holt 48 6 5 11 50 - - - - -
Tim Jacobs 46 0 10 10 35 - - - - -
Larry Patey 18 4 4 8 23 - - - - -
Jim Neilson 26 1 6 7 20 - - - - -
Butch Williams 14 0 4 4 7 - - - - -
Charlie Simmer 21 1 1 2 22 - - - - -
Frank Spring 1 0 2 2 0 - - - - -
Greg Smith 1 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Gilles Meloche 27 41 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Brent Meeke 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tom Price 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Gary Simmons 40 0 0 0 18 - - - - -
[3]

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Seals. Stats reflect time with the Seals only. Traded mid-season

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Gary Simmons 40 2360 15 19 5 131 2 3.33 - - - - - - -.--
Gilles Meloche 27 41 2440 12 23 6 140 1 3.44 - - - - - - -.--

TransactionsEdit

The Seals were involved in the following transactions during the 1975–76 season:

TradesEdit

June, 1975 To California Golden Seals
Gary Holt
To Phoenix Roadrunners (WHA)
rights to Del Hall
rights to Ron Huston
June 1, 1975 To California Golden Seals
Jim Pappin
3rd round pick in 1977 Draft (Guy Lash)
To Chicago Black Hawks
Joey Johnston
June 20, 1975 To California Golden Seals
Gary Sabourin
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Stan Weir
October 22, 1975 To California Golden Seals
cash
To St. Louis Blues
Rick Smith
November 14, 1975 To California Golden Seals
Wayne Merrick
To St. Louis Blues
Larry Patey
3rd round pick in 1977 Draft (reacquired later—Reg Kerr)
March 9, 1976 To California Golden Seals
5th round pick in 1976 Draft (Cal Sandbeck)
Seals' 3rd round pick in 1977 Draft (Reg Kerr)
To St. Louis Blues
Dave Hrechkosy

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Brian Lavender Denver Spurs (WHA) free agency
Ted McAneeley Edmonton Oilers (WHA) free agency
Morris Mott Frölunda HC (Elitserien) free agency
John Stewart Cleveland Crusaders (WHA) free agency
Larry Wright Philadelphia Flyers free agency (1975-09-10)
Terry Murray Philadelphia Flyers free agency (1975-09-17)

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nhl/caloak/seals
  2. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.163, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  3. http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/CGS/1976.html


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