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1975–76 Houston Aeros
Division 1st West
1975–76 record 53–27–0
Goals for 341
Goals against 263
Team information
Coach Bill Dineen
Team leaders
<1974–75 1976–77>

The 1975–76 Houston Aeros season was the Aeros' fourth season of operation in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Aeros again qualified first for the playoffs and made it to the Avco Cup Final but lost the championship to the Winnipeg Jets.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Western Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Houston Aeros 80 53 27 0 106 341 263 1093
Phoenix Roadrunners 80 39 35 6 84 302 287 1292
San Diego Mariners 80 36 38 6 78 303 290 716
Minnesota Fighting Saints 59 30 25 4 64 211 212 1354

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 11, 19755–0 @ New England Whalers (1975–76) 1–0–0
2LOctober 14, 19753–6 @ Toronto Toros (1975–76) 1–1–0
3LOctober 18, 19752–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 1–2–0
4WOctober 19, 19756–5 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 2–2–0
5LOctober 23, 19750–4 @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 2–3–0
6LOctober 25, 19754–7 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 2–4–0
7WOctober 30, 19754–2 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 3–4–0
8WNovember 1, 19753–2 @ Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics (1975–76) 4–4–0
9WNovember 5, 19756–4 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 5–4–0
10WNovember 7, 19755–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 6–4–0
11WNovember 9, 19753–2 Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics (1975–76) 7–4–0
12WNovember 11, 19755–4 Toronto Toros (1975–76) 8–4–0
13LNovember 12, 19751–4 @ New England Whalers (1975–76) 8–5–0
14LNovember 15, 19755–8 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 8–6–0
15LNovember 16, 19753–5 @ Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 8–7–0
16WNovember 18, 19753–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 9–7–0
17WNovember 21, 19754–2 Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 10–7–0
18WNovember 23, 19754–0 Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 11–7–0
19WNovember 25, 19754–1 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 12–7–0
20WNovember 28, 19757–4 Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 13–7–0
21WNovember 30, 19758–4 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 14–7–0
22LDecember 2, 19752–5 New England Whalers (1975–76) 14–8–0
23WDecember 5, 19755–4 Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 15–8–0
24LDecember 6, 19755–6 OT @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 15–9–0
25WDecember 9, 19756–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 16–9–0
26WDecember 12, 19754–2 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 17–9–0
27LDecember 13, 19753–4 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 17–10–0
28WDecember 14, 19754–3 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 18–10–0
29LDecember 16, 19752–4 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 18–11–0
30WDecember 20, 19754–3 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 19–11–0
31LDecember 21, 19751–3 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 19–12–0
32WDecember 26, 19759–4 Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics (1975–76) 20–12–0
33WDecember 27, 19755–0 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 21–12–0
34LDecember 30, 19753–5 Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 21–13–0
35WJanuary 3, 19764–2 Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics (1975–76) 22–13–0
36WJanuary 6, 19767–3 Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 23–13–0
37WJanuary 9, 19766–5 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 24–13–0
38WJanuary 10, 19764–1 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 25–13–0
39WJanuary 11, 19765–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 26–13–0
40LJanuary 14, 19761–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1975–76) 26–14–0
41WJanuary 15, 19765–4 OT @ Denver Spurs/Ottawa Civics (1975–76) 27–14–0
42LJanuary 17, 19762–4 @ Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 27–15–0
43LJanuary 20, 19765–7 Toronto Toros (1975–76) 27–16–0
44WJanuary 21, 19769–3 New England Whalers (1975–76) 28–16–0
45WJanuary 23, 19762–0 Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 29–16–0
46WJanuary 25, 19765–3 Calgary Cowboys (1975–76) 30–16–0
47WJanuary 28, 19766–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1975–76) 31–16–0
48LJanuary 30, 19761–2 @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 31–17–0
49LJanuary 31, 19761–4 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 31–18–0
50WFebruary 3, 19768–4 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1975–76) 32–18–0
51WFebruary 6, 19764–3 Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 33–18–0
52WFebruary 8, 19765–2 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 34–18–0
53WFebruary 12, 19764–1 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 35–18–0
54LFebruary 14, 19761–5 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 35–19–0
55LFebruary 15, 19762–4 Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 35–20–0
56WFebruary 17, 19764–3 New England Whalers (1975–76) 36–20–0
57WFebruary 19, 19765–3 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 37–20–0
58LFebruary 22, 19761–2 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 37–21–0
59LFebruary 24, 19761–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1975–76) 37–22–0
60WFebruary 26, 19765–2 @ New England Whalers (1975–76) 38–22–0
61WFebruary 27, 19767–6 OT @ Toronto Toros (1975–76) 39–22–0
62WFebruary 28, 19764–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 40–22–0
63WMarch 5, 19766–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 41–22–0
64LMarch 6, 19764–5 Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 41–23–0
65WMarch 9, 19769–2 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 42–23–0
66LMarch 11, 19761–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 42–24–0
67WMarch 13, 19763–2 @ San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 43–24–0
68WMarch 17, 19767–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 44–24–0
69WMarch 19, 19768–3 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 45–24–0
70LMarch 20, 19761–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 45–25–0
71WMarch 21, 19764–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 46–25–0
72WMarch 24, 19763–2 @ Cleveland Crusaders (1975–76) 47–25–0
73LMarch 25, 19763–4 OT @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 47–26–0
74WMarch 26, 19765–1 Cincinnati Stingers (1975–76) 48–26–0
75WMarch 28, 19767–4 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 49–26–0
76LMarch 30, 19763–4 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 49–27–0
77WApril 1, 19764–1 @ Indianapolis Racers (1975–76) 50–27–0
78WApril 3, 19768–2 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 51–27–0
79WApril 4, 19765–2 San Diego Mariners (1975–76) 52–27–0
80WApril 6, 19768–5 Phoenix Roadrunners (1975–76) 53–27–0

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PlayoffsEdit

The Aeros defeated the San Diego Mariners in the quarter-final round 4–2. The Aeros next defeated the New England Whalers 4–3 in the semi-final round to advance to the Final. While the Aeros won the series, they had nothing left for the Final and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Aeros 4–0 to win the Avco Cup.

Player statsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 78 32 70 102 76141214
Howe, MarkMark Howe D 72 39 37 76 38291368
Hughes, FrankFrank Hughes LW 80 31 45 76 26121206
Hinse, AndreAndre Hinse LW 70 35 38 73 6121206
Lund, LarryLarry Lund C 73 24 49 73 503611
Labossiere, GordGord Labossiere C 80 23 32 55 18-1403
Preston, RichRich Preston RW 77 22 33 55 3330124
Larway, DonDon Larway RW 79 30 20 50 569303
Ruskowski, TerryTerry Ruskowski C 65 14 35 49 10018302
Hall, MurrayMurray Hall RW 80 20 26 46 18-3308
Popiel, PoulPoul Popiel D 78 10 36 46 7129222
Taylor, TedTed Taylor LW 68 15 26 41 88-10300
Schella, JohnJohn Schella D 74 6 32 38 1068000
Howe, MartyMarty Howe D 80 14 23 37 8140002
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 79 17 14 31 6611312
Hale, LarryLarry Hale D 77 2 12 14 307001
Popiel, JanJan Popiel LW 67 4 7 11 59-13000
Irwin, GlenGlen Irwin D 72 3 8 11 1163000
Butters, BillBill Butters D 14 0 4 4 188000
Grahame, RonRon Grahame G 57 0 1 1 220000
Liddington, BobBob Liddington LW 2 0 0 0 20000
Rutledge, WayneWayne Rutledge G 25 0 0 0 60000
Stevens, MikeMike Stevens D 6 0 0 0 2-2000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Grahame, RonRon Grahame 3343 57 39 17 0 182 3.27 3
Rutledge, WayneWayne Rutledge 1456 25 14 10 0 77 3.17 1
Team: 4799 80 53 27 0 259 3.24 4
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Howe, MarkMark Howe D 17 6 10 16 18000
Ruskowski, TerryTerry Ruskowski C 16 6 10 16 64000
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 17 7 7 14 8000
Larway, DonDon Larway RW 16 7 5 12 21000
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 17 4 8 12 31000
Preston, RichRich Preston RW 17 4 6 10 8000
Labossiere, GordGord Labossiere C 17 2 8 10 14000
Howe, MartyMarty Howe D 16 4 4 8 12000
Popiel, PoulPoul Popiel D 17 3 5 8 16000
Schella, JohnJohn Schella D 17 1 6 7 38000
Hughes, FrankFrank Hughes LW 17 5 1 6 20000
Hinse, AndreAndre Hinse LW 17 2 3 5 2000
Hall, MurrayMurray Hall RW 17 1 4 5 0000
Hale, LarryLarry Hale D 17 0 5 5 8000
Taylor, TedTed Taylor LW 11 2 2 4 17000
Butters, BillBill Butters D 17 0 3 3 51000
Lund, LarryLarry Lund C 5 1 1 2 4000
Popiel, JanJan Popiel LW 8 1 1 2 4000
West, SteveSteve West C 7 0 1 1 0000
Grahame, RonRon Grahame G 14 0 0 0 0000
Irwin, GlenGlen Irwin D 5 0 0 0 9000
Rutledge, WayneWayne Rutledge G 4 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Grahame, RonRon Grahame 817 14 6 8 54 3.97 1
Rutledge, WayneWayne Rutledge 200 4 2 1 10 3.00 0
Team: 1017 17 8 9 64 3.78 1

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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

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1975–76 Houston Aeros Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.
  2. 1975-76 Houston Aeros Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.

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