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76-77ClevBar
1976–77 Cleveland Barons · NHL
Division 4th Adams
Conference 7th Prince of Wales
1976–77 record 25-42-13
Goals for 240
Goals against 292
General Manager Bill McCreary, Sr.
Coach Jack Evans
Captain Jim Neilson & Bob Stewart (co-captains)
Arena Richfield Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Dennis Maruk (28)
Assists Dennis Maruk (50)
Points Dennis Maruk (78)
Penalties in minutes Len Frig (213)
Wins Gilles Meloche (19)
Goals against average Gilles Meloche (3.47)

The 1976–77 Cleveland Barons season was the first season for this franchise in Cleveland, after nine seasons in the Bay Area as the Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals. The Barons displaced the World Hockey Association's Cleveland Crusaders who elected to relocate to Minnesota.

The Barons played in the tough Adams Division and spent most of the season in last place. Midway through the season, majority owner Mel Swig announced the team might have trouble finishing the season. The club missed payroll twice in February, and only a loan from the league and NHLPA kept the team afloat. Following the season, minority owner George Gund III purchased a controlling interest in the club.[1]

OffseasonEdit

Amateur DraftEdit

The franchise participated in the 1976 Amateur Draft as the California Golden Seals, the move to Cleveland not being announced until late August.

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 5. Bjorn Johansson Flag of Sweden Sweden HK Örebro (Sweden Division 1)
2 23. Vern Stenlund Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OMJHL)
3 41. Mike Fidler Flag of the United States United States Boston University Terriers (ECAC)
4 59. Warren Young Flag of Canada.svg Canada Michigan Tech Huskies (WCHA)
5 77. Darcy Regier Flag of Canada.svg Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WCHL)
5 79. Cal Sandbeck University of Denver Pioneers (WCHA)
6 95. Jouni Rinne Flag of Finland Finland Lukko (SM-liiga)

Regular seasonEdit

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 49 23 8 312 240 106
Buffalo Sabres 80 48 24 8 301 220 104
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 33 32 15 301 285 81
Cleveland Barons 80 25 42 13 240 292 63

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
1TOctober 6, 19762–2 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 0–0–1
2WOctober 9, 19766–3 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 1–0–1
3LOctober 10, 19763–4 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 1–1–1
4LOctober 13, 19762–4 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 1–2–1
5TOctober 16, 19764–4 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 1–2–2
6WOctober 19, 19763–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 2–2–2
7WOctober 21, 19766–2 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 3–2–2
8LOctober 26, 19762–5 New York Rangers (1976–77) 3–3–2
9LOctober 28, 19761–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 3–4–2
10LOctober 30, 19763–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 3–5–2
11LNovember 1, 19763–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 3–6–2
12LNovember 3, 19762–4 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 3–7–2
13WNovember 5, 19766–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 4–7–2
14TNovember 7, 19762–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 4–7–3
15WNovember 10, 19762–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 5–7–3
16TNovember 12, 19763–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 5–7–4
17WNovember 14, 19763–2 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 6–7–4
18TNovember 16, 19760–0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 6–7–5
19TNovember 17, 19763–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 6–7–6
20LNovember 19, 19762–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 6–8–6
21LNovember 24, 19761–8 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 6–9–6
22LNovember 26, 19761–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 6–10–6
23LNovember 28, 19761–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 6–11–6
24LDecember 1, 19763–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 6–12–6
25TDecember 3, 19762–2 St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 6–12–7
26LDecember 5, 19762–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 6–13–7
27LDecember 6, 19760–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 6–14–7
28LDecember 8, 19761–5 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 6–15–7
29WDecember 10, 19767–1 Washington Capitals (1976–77) 7–15–7
30WDecember 11, 19764–2 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 8–15–7
31WDecember 15, 19767–3 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 9–15–7
32LDecember 16, 19764–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 9–16–7
33WDecember 18, 19766–4 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 10–16–7
34LDecember 19, 19762–3 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 10–17–7
35WDecember 22, 19764–3 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 11–17–7
36LDecember 26, 19763–6 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 11–18–7
37LDecember 27, 19762–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 11–19–7
38LDecember 29, 19762–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 11–20–7
39LDecember 31, 19762–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 11–21–7
40LJanuary 1, 19772–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 11–22–7
41LJanuary 5, 19772–3 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 11–23–7
42WJanuary 7, 19778–4 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 12–23–7
43LJanuary 9, 19774–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 12–24–7
44WJanuary 12, 19773–1 Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 13–24–7
45WJanuary 15, 19774–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 14–24–7
46TJanuary 19, 19773–3 New York Rangers (1976–77) 14–24–8
47LJanuary 21, 19772–5 Boston Bruins (1976–77) 14–25–8
48WJanuary 23, 19773–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 15–25–8
49LJanuary 29, 19773–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1976–77) 15–26–8
50LJanuary 30, 19773–9 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 15–27–8
51LFebruary 1, 19773–7 Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 15–28–8
52TFebruary 3, 19770–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 15–28–9
53WFebruary 5, 19773–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 16–28–9
54WFebruary 9, 19776–3 Los Angeles Kings (1976–77) 17–28–9
55WFebruary 11, 19773–0 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 18–28–9
56LFebruary 13, 19772–4 @ Boston Bruins (1976–77) 18–29–9
57LFebruary 16, 19773–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 18–30–9
58TFebruary 18, 19773–3 Colorado Rockies (1976–77) 18–30–10
59LFebruary 20, 19771–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1976–77) 18–31–10
60LFebruary 23, 19773–5 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 18–32–10
61LFebruary 25, 19771–2 New York Islanders (1976–77) 18–33–10
62LFebruary 26, 19773–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1976–77) 18–34–10
63WFebruary 28, 19775–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 19–34–10
64WMarch 2, 19774–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 20–34–10
65WMarch 5, 19772–1 @ Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 21–34–10
66LMarch 6, 19773–4 @ New York Rangers (1976–77) 21–35–10
67LMarch 10, 19772–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 21–36–10
68LMarch 12, 19773–8 @ New York Islanders (1976–77) 21–37–10
69WMarch 15, 19775–1 @ Washington Capitals (1976–77) 22–37–10
70LMarch 16, 19772–6 Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 22–38–10
71TMarch 18, 19772–2 Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 22–38–11
72WMarch 20, 19775–4 Atlanta Flames (1976–77) 23–38–11
73WMarch 21, 19777–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–77) 24–38–11
74LMarch 23, 19772–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1976–77) 24–39–11
75TMarch 25, 19774–4 Vancouver Canucks (1976–77) 24–39–12
76LMarch 27, 19773–6 New York Islanders (1976–77) 24–40–12
77LMarch 29, 19772–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1976–77) 24–41–12
78TMarch 30, 19773–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1976–77) 24–41–13
79LApril 2, 19772–9 @ St. Louis Blues (1976–77) 24–42–13
80WApril 3, 19774–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1976–77) 25–42–13

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
Dennis Maruk 80 28 50 78 68 - - - - -
Al MacAdam 80 22 41 63 68 - - - - -
Wayne Merrick 80 18 38 56 25 - - - - -
Bob Murdoch 57 23 19 42 30 - - - - -
Rick Hampton 57 16 24 40 13 - - - - -
Dave Gardner 76 16 22 38 9 - - - - -
Mike Fidler 46 17 16 33 17 - - - - -
Mike Christie 79 6 27 33 79 - - - - -
Ralph Klassen 80 14 18 32 23 - - - - -
Greg Smith 74 9 17 26 65 - - - - -
Frank Spring 26 11 10 21 6 - - - - -
Bob Girard 68 11 10 21 33 - - - - -
Brent Meeke 49 8 13 21 4 - - - - -
Jim Neilson 47 3 17 20 42 - - - - -
Gary Sabourin 33 7 11 18 4 - - - - -
Jim Moxey 35 7 7 14 20 - - - - -
Juha Widing 29 6 8 14 10 - - - - -
Bob Stewart 73 1 12 13 108 - - - - -
Jim Pappin 24 2 8 10 8 - - - - -
Len Frig 66 2 7 9 213 - - - - -
Fred Ahern 25 4 4 8 20 - - - - -
Phil Roberto 21 3 4 7 8 - - - - -
Glenn Patrick 35 2 3 5 70 - - - - -
Ken Kuzyk 13 0 5 5 2 - - - - -
Angie Moretto 5 1 2 3 2 - - - - -
Gilles Meloche 51 0 3 3 18 - - - - -
Charlie Simmer 24 2 0 2 16 - - - - -
Bjorn Johansson 10 1 1 2 4 - - - - -
Gary Holt 2 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Gary Edwards 17 0 1 1 2 - - - - -
Lyle Bradley 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Tom Price 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Vern Stenlund 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Rick Shinske 5 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
Gary Simmons 15 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
[3]

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Barons. Stats reflect time with the Barons only. Traded/released 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
Gilles Meloche 51 2961 19 24 6 171 2 3.47 - - - - - - -.--
Gary Simmons 15 840 2 8 4 51 1 3.64 - - - - - - -.--
Gary Edwards 17 999 4 10 3 68 2 4.08 - - - - - - -.--

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

TransactionsEdit

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

TradesEdit

January 22, 1977 To Cleveland Barons
Gary Edwards
Juha Widing
To Los Angeles Kings
Jim Moxey
Gary Simmons

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Ken Kuzyk Boston University (NCAA) free agency (1976-09)
Phil Roberto Colorado Rockies free agency (1976-12-24)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Tom Price Pittsburgh Penguins free agency (1977-02-28)

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nhl/cleveland/barons.html
  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/CLE/1977.html


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