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76-77HouAer
1976–77 Houston Aeros
Division 1st West
1976–77 record 50–24–6
Goals for 320
Goals against 241
Team information
Coach Bill Dineen
Team leaders
<1975–76 1977–78>

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.

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
1LOctober 8, 19762–4 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 0–1–0
2WOctober 9, 19765–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 1–1–0
3WOctober 13, 19762–1 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 2–1–0
4WOctober 16, 19763–0 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 3–1–0
5TOctober 19, 19764–4 New England Whalers (1976–77) 3–1–1
6LOctober 21, 19765–8 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 3–2–1
7LOctober 22, 19762–5 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 3–3–1
8LOctober 23, 19762–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 3–4–1
9WOctober 26, 19763–1 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 4–4–1
10TOctober 28, 19761–1 Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 4–4–2
11LOctober 30, 19764–6 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 4–5–2
12WOctober 31, 19764–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 5–5–2
13WNovember 2, 19763–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 6–5–2
14WNovember 5, 19769–1 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 7–5–2
15LNovember 6, 19761–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 7–6–2
16WNovember 9, 19767–2 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 8–6–2
17WNovember 12, 19764–1 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 9–6–2
18WNovember 16, 19764–2 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 10–6–2
19LNovember 19, 19763–5 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 10–7–2
20WNovember 20, 19765–2 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 11–7–2
21WNovember 23, 19765–3 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 12–7–2
22TNovember 26, 19761–1 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 12–7–3
23TDecember 3, 19760–0 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 12–7–4
24LDecember 5, 19762–7 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 12–8–4
25LDecember 8, 19761–5 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 12–9–4
26LDecember 10, 19762–6 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 12–10–4
27LDecember 11, 19761–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 12–11–4
28WDecember 12, 19763–1 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 13–11–4
29WDecember 14, 19768–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 14–11–4
30LDecember 17, 19763–4 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 14–12–4
31LDecember 18, 19763–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 14–13–4
32WDecember 19, 19766–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 15–13–4
33WDecember 21, 19764–0 New England Whalers (1976–77) 16–13–4
34WDecember 23, 19766–5 OT Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 17–13–4
35LDecember 26, 19762–6 @ Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 17–14–4
36WDecember 28, 19766–3 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 18–14–4
37LJanuary 2, 19772–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 18–15–4
38WJanuary 4, 19775–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 19–15–4
39WJanuary 5, 19774–3 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 20–15–4
40TJanuary 7, 19771–1 @ Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77) 20–15–5
41LJanuary 12, 19772–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 20–16–5
42WJanuary 14, 19775–3 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 21–16–5
43WJanuary 16, 19773–1 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 22–16–5
44WJanuary 21, 19776–1 Birmingham Bulls (1976–77) 23–16–5
45WJanuary 22, 19776–0 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 24–16–5
46WJanuary 23, 19775–3 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 25–16–5
47WJanuary 25, 19775–2 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 26–16–5
48WJanuary 28, 19774–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 27–16–5
49WJanuary 29, 19776–4 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 28–16–5
50WFebruary 1, 19776–1 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 29–16–5
51LFebruary 3, 19773–5 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 29–17–5
52WFebruary 4, 19774–1 New England Whalers (1976–77) 30–17–5
53TFebruary 8, 19774–4 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 30–17–6
54WFebruary 12, 19777–3 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 31–17–6
55WFebruary 15, 19774–2 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 32–17–6
56WFebruary 18, 19774–2 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 33–17–6
57WFebruary 19, 19775–3 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 34–17–6
58LFebruary 22, 19772–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 34–18–6
59LFebruary 23, 19772–3 @ Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 34–19–6
60WFebruary 25, 19779–3 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 35–19–6
61WFebruary 26, 19775–4 @ San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 36–19–6
62WFebruary 27, 19775–4 @ Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 37–19–6
63WMarch 1, 19778–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 38–19–6
64LMarch 4, 19772–3 @ New England Whalers (1976–77) 38–20–6
65WMarch 6, 19777–3 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 39–20–6
66WMarch 8, 19775–3 Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 40–20–6
67WMarch 11, 19775–0 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 41–20–6
68WMarch 13, 19775–0 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 42–20–6
69WMarch 15, 19774–3 Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 43–20–6
70WMarch 18, 19776–3 Phoenix Roadrunners (1976–77) 44–20–6
71WMarch 20, 19778–3 @ Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 45–20–6
72LMarch 22, 19772–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1976–77) 45–21–6
73WMarch 25, 19774–2 Calgary Cowboys (1976–77) 46–21–6
74LMarch 27, 19773–5 Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 46–22–6
75WMarch 29, 19775–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1976–77) 47–22–6
76LMarch 30, 19770–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1976–77) 47–23–6
77WApril 1, 19775–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1976–77) 48–23–6
78LApril 3, 19773–7 Indianapolis Racers (1976–77) 48–24–6
79WApril 5, 19773–1 San Diego Mariners (1976–77) 49–24–6
80WApril 6, 19775–3 @ 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.

Player statsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ruskowski, TerryTerry Ruskowski C 80 24 60 84 14631705
Preston, RichRich Preston RW 80 38 41 79 5437655
Howe, MarkMark Howe D 57 23 52 75 4641538
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 62 24 44 68 5727513
Popiel, PoulPoul Popiel D 80 12 56 68 8753200
Connor, CamCam Connor RW 76 35 32 67 22423616
Lund, LarryLarry Lund C 80 29 38 67 36207011
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 80 24 31 55 10914610
Taylor, TedTed Taylor LW 78 16 35 51 9028400
Lukowich, MorrisMorris Lukowich LW 68 27 18 45 6720600
Howe, MartyMarty Howe D 80 17 28 45 10329300
Gray, JohnJohn Gray RW 47 21 20 41 2522300
McLeod, AlAl McLeod D 51 7 21 28 2019100
Larway, DonDon Larway RW 75 11 13 24 1125300
Hale, LarryLarry Hale D 67 0 14 14 189000
Hughes, FrankFrank Hughes LW 27 3 8 11 2-5000
Hansis, RonRon Hansis RW 22 4 3 7 6-4000
Irwin, GlenGlen Irwin D 44 2 4 6 168-12000
Schella, JohnJohn Schella D 20 0 6 6 288000
Hinse, AndreAndre Hinse LW 26 2 3 5 8-9000
Pentland, DwayneDwayne Pentland D 29 1 2 3 63000
Rutledge, WayneWayne Rutledge G 42 0 3 3 60000
Donaldson, GaryGary Donaldson RW 5 0 0 0 6-3000
Fedorko, MikeMike Fedorko C 4 0 0 0 0-4000
Grahame, RonRon Grahame G 39 0 0 0 00000
West, SteveSteve West C 3 0 0 0 2-3000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Grahame, RonRon Grahame 2345 39 27 10 2 107 2.74 4
Rutledge, WayneWayne 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
Ruskowski, TerryTerry Ruskowski C 11 6 11 17 67000
Howe, MarkMark Howe D 11 4 10 14 2001
Lukowich, MorrisMorris Lukowich LW 11 6 4 10 19001
Lund, LarryLarry Lund C 11 2 8 10 17000
Howe, GordieGordie Howe RW 11 5 3 8 11000
Taylor, TedTed Taylor LW 11 4 4 8 28002
Preston, RichRich Preston RW 11 3 5 8 10000
Connor, CamCam Connor RW 11 3 4 7 47000
Tonelli, JohnJohn Tonelli LW 11 3 4 7 12000
Popiel, PoulPoul Popiel D 11 0 7 7 10000
Howe, MartyMarty Howe D 11 3 1 4 10001
McLeod, AlAl McLeod D 10 1 3 4 9000
Schella, JohnJohn Schella D 6 1 2 3 6000
Hansis, RonRon Hansis RW 8 1 1 2 4001
Hale, LarryLarry Hale D 11 0 2 2 6000
Larway, DonDon Larway RW 3 1 0 1 0000
Grahame, RonRon Grahame G 9 0 1 1 2000
Gray, JohnJohn Gray RW 6 0 1 1 8000
Pentland, DwayneDwayne Pentland D 2 0 0 0 0000
Rutledge, WayneWayne Rutledge G 2 0 0 0 0000
West, SteveSteve West C 6 0 0 0 0000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Rutledge, WayneWayne Rutledge 120 2 4 5 4 2.00 0
Grahame, RonRon 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

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1976–77 Houston Aeros Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.
  2. 1976-77 Houston Aeros Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.

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