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75-76PitPen

1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins

1975–76 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 3rd Norris
Conference 6th Prince of Wales
1975–76 record 35-33-12
Goals for 339
Goals against 303
General Manager Wren Blair
Coach Marc Boileau (fired January 17, 1976), Ken Schinkel
Captain Ron Schock
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Pierre Larouche (53)
Assists Syl Apps, Jr. (67)
Points Pierre Larouche (111)
Penalties in minutes Steve Durbano (161)
Wins Michel Plasse (24)
Goals against average Michel Plasse (3.45)

The 1975–76 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their ninth in the National Hockey League. They finished third in the Norris Division, as they had in 1974–75. Despite strong seasons by Pierre Larouche, who set new club records in goals scored in a season (53) and points in a season (111), Jean Pronovost and Syl Apps, Jr. (who set a new club record for assists in a season with 67) the Penguins powerful offense scored a meagre three goals in three games against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the preliminary round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, ending their season.

OffseasonEdit

Amateur DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 3. Gordie Laxton Flag of Canada.svg Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
2 31. Russ Anderson Flag of the United States United States University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA)
3 49. Paul Baxter Flag of Canada.svg Canada Cleveland Crusaders (WHA)
4 67. Stu Younger Flag of Canada.svg Canada Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA)
5 85. Kim Clackson Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
6 103. Peter Morris Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Cougars (WCHL)
7 121. Mike Will Flag of Canada.svg Canada Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)
8 139. Tapio Levo Flag of Finland Finland Assat Pori (SM-liiga)
9 155. Byron Shutt Flag of Canada.svg Canada Bowling Green Falcons (CCHA)
10 170. Frank Salive Flag of Canada.svg Canada Peterborough Petes (OMJHL)
11 185. John Glynne Flag of the United States United States University of Vermont Catamounts (ECAC)
12 196. Lex Hudson Flag of Canada.svg Canada University of Denver Pioneers (WCHA)
13 202. Dan Tsubouchi Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saint Louis University Billikens (CCHA)
14 206. Bronislav Stankovsky Flag of the United States United States Fargo-Moorhead Sugar Kings (MidJHL)
16 217. Kelly Secord Flag of Canada.svg Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)

Regular seasonEdit

Division standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 58 11 11 337 174 127
Los Angeles Kings 80 38 33 9 263 265 85
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 35 33 12 339 303 82
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 44 10 226 300 62
Washington Capitals 80 11 59 10 224 394 32

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.
[1]

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 7, 19754–2 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 1–0–0
2WOctober 11, 19757–5 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 2–0–0
3WOctober 15, 19758–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 3–0–0
4WOctober 18, 19756–1 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 4–0–0
5LOctober 21, 19751–7 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 4–1–0
6TOctober 25, 19754–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 4–1–1
7LOctober 30, 19750–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 4–2–1
8LNovember 1, 19753–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 4–3–1
9LNovember 2, 19752–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 4–4–1
10WNovember 5, 19757–6 New York Islanders (1975–76) 5–4–1
11WNovember 6, 19755–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 6–4–1
12LNovember 8, 19755–7 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 6–5–1
13LNovember 9, 19754–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 6–6–1
14TNovember 12, 19756–6 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 6–6–2
15LNovember 13, 19754–5 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 6–7–2
16LNovember 15, 19752–5 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 6–8–2
17LNovember 18, 19753–5 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 6–9–2
18WNovember 21, 19754–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 7–9–2
19WNovember 22, 19756–3 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 8–9–2
20WNovember 26, 19755–2 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 9–9–2
21WNovember 29, 19758–3 New York Rangers (1975–76) 10–9–2
22LNovember 30, 19752–4 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 10–10–2
23TDecember 3, 19753–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 10–10–3
24LDecember 4, 19751–6 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 10–11–3
25WDecember 7, 19756–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 11–11–3
26LDecember 9, 19752–3 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 11–12–3
27LDecember 10, 19752–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 11–13–3
28TDecember 13, 19754–4 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 11–13–4
29LDecember 14, 19754–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 11–14–4
30WDecember 17, 19759–2 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 12–14–4
31LDecember 19, 19751–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 12–15–4
32WDecember 20, 19755–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 13–15–4
33LDecember 23, 19753–4 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 13–16–4
34LDecember 26, 19753–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 13–17–4
35WDecember 27, 19753–2 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 14–17–4
36WDecember 31, 19755–1 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 15–17–4
37LJanuary 3, 19764–8 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 15–18–4
38LJanuary 4, 19763–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 15–19–4
39LJanuary 7, 19761–4 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 15–20–4
40TJanuary 10, 19763–3 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 15–20–5
41LJanuary 11, 19760–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 15–21–5
42LJanuary 13, 19762–6 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 15–22–5
43LJanuary 15, 19761–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 15–23–5
44WJanuary 17, 19763–2 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 16–23–5
45WJanuary 18, 19768–3 New York Rangers (1975–76) 17–23–5
46LJanuary 22, 19763–4 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 17–24–5
47WJanuary 24, 19768–2 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 18–24–5
48TJanuary 25, 19761–1 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 18–24–6
49WJanuary 29, 19766–2 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 19–24–6
50TJanuary 31, 19764–4 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 19–24–7
51WFebruary 1, 19767–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 20–24–7
52LFebruary 5, 19761–5 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 20–25–7
53WFebruary 7, 19767–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 21–25–7
54WFebruary 8, 19767–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 22–25–7
55TFebruary 11, 19764–4 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 22–25–8
56TFebruary 14, 19764–4 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 22–25–9
57WFebruary 15, 19766–4 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 23–25–9
58WFebruary 17, 19766–1 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 24–25–9
59WFebruary 19, 19767–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 25–25–9
60WFebruary 21, 197610–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 26–25–9
61TFebruary 22, 19762–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 26–25–10
62TFebruary 25, 19763–3 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 26–25–11
63WFebruary 28, 19765–4 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 27–25–11
64LFebruary 29, 19763–5 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 27–26–11
65WMarch 2, 19766–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 28–26–11
66WMarch 6, 19765–0 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 29–26–11
67LMarch 7, 19763–5 New York Islanders (1975–76) 29–27–11
68LMarch 10, 19766–7 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 29–28–11
69WMarch 13, 19764–2 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 30–28–11
70WMarch 14, 19767–1 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 31–28–11
71LMarch 16, 19764–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 31–29–11
72WMarch 19, 19767–3 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 32–29–11
73WMarch 21, 19764–2 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 33–29–11
74TMarch 24, 19765–5 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 33–29–12
75LMarch 25, 19762–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 33–30–12
76WMarch 28, 19763–0 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 34–30–12
77LMarch 29, 19764–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1975–76) 34–31–12
78LMarch 31, 19763–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 34–32–12
79LApril 3, 19764–5 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 34–33–12
80WApril 4, 19766–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 35–33–12

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
Pierre Larouche 10 76 53 58 111 33 3 0 1 1 0
Jean Pronovost 19 80 52 52 104 24 3 0 0 0 2
Syl Apps, Jr. 26 80 32 67 99 24 3 0 1 1 0
Rick Kehoe 8 71 29 47 76 6 3 0 0 0 0
Lowell MacDonald 18 69 30 43 73 12 3 1 0 1 0
Ron Stackhouse 3 80 11 60 71 76 3 0 0 0 0
Vic Hadfield 11 76 30 35 65 46 3 1 0 1 11
Ron Schock 17 80 18 44 62 28 3 0 1 1 0
Bob Kelly 22 77 25 30 55 149 3 0 0 0 2
Dave Burrows 4 80 7 22 29 51 3 0 0 0 0
Barry Wilkins 5 75 0 27 27 106 3 0 1 1 4
Stan Gilbertson 15 48 13 8 21 6 3 1 1 2 2
Simon Nolet 9 39 9 8 17 2 3 0 0 0 0
Colin Campbell 6 64 7 10 17 105 3 0 0 0 0
Dennis Owchar 25 54 5 12 17 19 2 0 0 0 2
Chuck Arnason 9 30 7 3 10 14 - - - - -
Lew Morrison 16 78 4 5 9 8 3 0 0 0 0
Mario Faubert 24 21 1 8 9 10 - - - - -
Steve Durbano 7 32 0 8 8 161 - - - - -
Harvey Bennett, Jr. 28 25 3 3 6 53 - - - - -
Wayne Bianchin 14 14 1 5 6 4 - - - - -
Ed Van Impe 2 12 0 5 5 16 3 0 1 1 2
Bob McManama 15 12 1 2 3 4 - - - - -
Ed Gilbert 23 38 1 2 3 4 - - - - -
Jacques Cossette 27 7 0 2 2 9 - - - - -
Michel Plasse 31 55 0 2 2 18 3
Bobby Taylor 30 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 1 8 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bob Paradise 2 9 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Gary Inness 30 23 0 0 0 2 - - - - -

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins 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
Michel Plasse 31 55 3096 24 19 10 178 2 3.45 3 180 1 2 8 1 2.67
Gary Inness 30 23 1212 8 9 2 82 0 4.06 - - - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 1 8 414 3 4 0 31 0 4.49 - - - - - - -
Bobby Taylor 30 2 78 0 1 0 7 0 5.38 - - - - - - -

TransactionsEdit

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

TradesEdit

August 28, 1975 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To Hershey Bears (AHL)
Kelly Pratt
November 26, 1975 To Pittsburgh Penguins
2nd round pick in 1976 Draft (Greg Malone)
To Washington Capitals
Bob Paradise
December 16, 1975 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Stan Gilbertson
To Washington Capitals
Harvey Bennett, Jr.
January 8, 1976 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Ed Gilbert
Simon Nolet
1st round pick in 1976 Draft (Blair Chapman)
To Kansas City Scouts
Chuck Arnason
Steve Durbano
1st round pick in 1976 Draft (Greg Carroll)
March 8, 1976 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bobby Taylor
Ed Van Impe
To Philadelphia Flyers
Gary Inness
Future considerations

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Larry Bignell Denver Spurs (WHA) free agency
Bob Johnson Denver Spurs (WHA) free agency (1975-09)
Bob McNamara New England Whalers (WHA) free agency

Awards and honorsEdit

Game AdsEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. Total Hockey, p.77, Total Sports, New York, ISBN 0-8362-7114-9
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