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1977–78 Cleveland Barons · NHL
Division 4th Adams
Conference 8th Prince of Wales
1977–78 record 22-45-13
Goals for 230
Goals against 325
General Manager Harry Howell
Coach Jack Evans
Captain Jim Neilson & Bob Stewart (co-captains)
Arena Richfield Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Dennis Maruk (36)
Assists Dennis Maruk (35)
Points Dennis Maruk (71)
Penalties in minutes Randy Holt (229)
Wins Gilles Meloche (16)
Goals against average Gilles Meloche (3.77)

The 1977–78 Cleveland Barons season was the team's second and final season in the NHL. The relocation to Cleveland had not cured the attendance problems that had plagued the franchise from its inception in Oakland as the Seals in 1967. In June 1978, with both the Barons and the Minnesota North Stars on the verge of folding, the league approved an arrangement in which the two teams were permitted to merge under the ownership of Barons owner George Gund. The merged franchise continued as the Minnesota North Stars, but assumed the Barons old place in the Adams Division. Fifteen seasons later, the North Stars relocated to their current home of Dallas and became the Stars, bringing the NHL to Texas for the first time.

OffseasonEdit

Amateur draftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 5. Mike Crombeen Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kingston Canadians (OMJHL)
2 23. Dan Chicoine Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
3 41. Reg Kerr Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kamloops Chiefs (WCHL)
3 42. Guy Lash Flag of Canada.svg Canada Winnipeg Monarchs (WCHL)
4 59. John Baby Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sudbury Wolves (OMJHL)
5 77. Owen Lloyd Flag of Canada.svg Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
6 95. Jeff Allan Flag of Canada.svg Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)
7 113. Mark Toffolo Flag of the United States United States Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
8 128. Grant Eakin Flag of Canada.svg Canada Lethbridge Broncos (WCHL)

Regular seasonEdit

On December 11, 1977, Tom Bladon became the first defenceman in NHL history to score 8 points in one game.[1] He scored four goals and four assists versus the Cleveland Barons. It was 25% of his point total for the entire season.

Final standingsEdit

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 51 18 11 333 218 113
Buffalo Sabres 80 44 19 17 288 215 105
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 41 29 10 271 237 92
Cleveland Barons 80 22 45 13 230 325 57

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
1LOctober 12, 19770–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 0–1–0
2WOctober 15, 19774–2 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 1–1–0
3WOctober 19, 19773–1 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 2–1–0
4WOctober 20, 19777–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 3–1–0
5WOctober 22, 19773–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 4–1–0
6LOctober 23, 19772–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 4–2–0
7LOctober 25, 19770–5 New York Rangers (1977–78) 4–3–0
8LOctober 28, 19772–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 4–4–0
9LOctober 30, 19771–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 4–5–0
10TNovember 2, 19774–4 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 4–5–1
11WNovember 5, 19774–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 5–5–1
12LNovember 6, 19771–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 5–6–1
13LNovember 9, 19773–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 5–7–1
14LNovember 13, 19771–3 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 5–8–1
15LNovember 15, 19774–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 5–9–1
16TNovember 16, 19771–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 5–9–2
17LNovember 19, 19772–7 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 5–10–2
18WNovember 23, 19772–1 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 6–10–2
19LNovember 25, 19772–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 6–11–2
20LNovember 26, 19771–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 6–12–2
21LNovember 29, 19772–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 6–13–2
22WNovember 30, 19775–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 7–13–2
23WDecember 2, 19773–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 8–13–2
24TDecember 3, 19774–4 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 8–13–3
25LDecember 7, 19773–5 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 8–14–3
26LDecember 8, 19772–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 8–15–3
27LDecember 11, 19771–11 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 8–16–3
28LDecember 12, 19771–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 8–17–3
29WDecember 15, 19776–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 9–17–3
30WDecember 17, 19774–2 New York Rangers (1977–78) 10–17–3
31LDecember 18, 19771–2 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 10–18–3
32LDecember 21, 19770–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 10–19–3
33LDecember 23, 19774–5 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 10–20–3
34LDecember 27, 19773–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 10–21–3
35TDecember 28, 19775–5 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 10–21–4
36LDecember 30, 19770–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 10–22–4
37LDecember 31, 19773–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 10–23–4
38LJanuary 3, 19784–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 10–24–4
39WJanuary 6, 19786–1 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 11–24–4
40LJanuary 7, 19783–5 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 11–25–4
41WJanuary 11, 19785–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 12–25–4
42WJanuary 12, 19786–3 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 13–25–4
43WJanuary 13, 19785–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 14–25–4
44LJanuary 14, 19782–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 14–26–4
45LJanuary 18, 19784–7 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 14–27–4
46LJanuary 19, 19782–9 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 14–28–4
47WJanuary 21, 19789–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 15–28–4
48WJanuary 22, 19783–2 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 16–28–4
49LJanuary 26, 19780–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 16–29–4
50WJanuary 28, 19782–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 17–29–4
51LJanuary 29, 19782–6 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 17–30–4
52WFebruary 1, 19782–0 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 18–30–4
53TFebruary 4, 19782–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 18–30–5
54LFebruary 5, 19783–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 18–31–5
55LFebruary 8, 19782–5 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 18–32–5
56LFebruary 10, 19781–4 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 18–33–5
57TFebruary 12, 19782–2 New York Islanders (1977–78) 18–33–6
58TFebruary 15, 19785–5 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 18–33–7
59WFebruary 17, 19783–2 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 19–33–7
60LFebruary 22, 19783–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 19–34–7
61LFebruary 23, 19781–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 19–35–7
62LFebruary 25, 19783–13 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 19–36–7
63TFebruary 27, 19783–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 19–36–8
64LFebruary 28, 19782–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 19–37–8
65TMarch 3, 19782–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 19–37–9
66LMarch 4, 19783–9 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 19–38–9
67LMarch 8, 19781–6 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 19–39–9
68LMarch 11, 19782–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 19–40–9
69TMarch 15, 19782–2 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 19–40–10
70TMarch 17, 19784–4 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 19–40–11
71LMarch 18, 19783–8 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 19–41–11
72LMarch 21, 19783–5 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 19–42–11
73LMarch 24, 19783–4 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 19–43–11
74TMarch 25, 19784–4 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 19–43–12
75WMarch 29, 19787–3 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 20–43–12
76WMarch 30, 19785–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 21–43–12
77LApril 1, 19781–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 21–44–12
78WApril 2, 19784–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 22–44–12
79TApril 5, 19785–5 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 22–44–13
80LApril 9, 19782–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 22–45–13

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes; +/- = Plus/minus

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM +/-
Dennis Maruk 76 36 35 71 50 -26 - - - - - -
Mike Fidler 78 23 28 51 38 -13 - - - - - -
Kris Manery 78 22 27 49 14 -15 - - - - - -
Al MacAdam 80 16 32 48 42 -19 - - - - - -
Dave Gardner 75 19 25 44 10 -16 - - - - - -
Bob Murdoch 71 14 26 40 27 -18 - - - - - -
Greg Smith 80 7 30 37 92 -26 - - - - - -
Rick Hampton 77 18 18 36 19 -24 - - - - - -
Chuck Arnason 40 21 13 34 8 -2 - - - - - -
Walt McKechnie 53 12 22 34 12 -8 - - - - - -
Jim Neilson 68 2 21 23 20 -25 - - - - - -
J. P. Parise 40 9 13 22 27 -15 - - - - - -
Rick Shinske 47 5 12 17 6 -12 - - - - - -
Jean Potvin 40 3 14 17 30 -4 - - - - - -
Bob Stewart 72 2 15 17 84 -25 - - - - - -
Ken Kuzyk 28 5 4 9 6 -1 - - - - - -
John Baby 24 2 7 9 26 -10 - - - - - -
Fred Ahern 36 3 4 7 48 -16 - - - - - -
Mike Crombeen 48 3 4 7 13 -26 - - - - - -
Wayne Merrick 18 2 5 7 13 - - - - - -
Mike Christie 34 1 6 7 49 -14 - - - - - -
Rick Jodzio 38 2 3 5 43 - - - - - -
Randy Holt 48 1 4 5 229 - - - - - -
Bob Girard 25 0 4 4 11 - - - - - -
Ralph Klassen 13 2 1 3 6 - - - - - -
Dennis O'Brien 23 0 3 3 31 -13 - - - - - -
Reg Kerr 7 0 2 2 7 - - - - - -
Darcy Regier 15 0 1 1 28 - - - - - -
Gary Edwards 30 0 1 1 4 - - - - - - -
Jeff Allan 4 0 0 0 2 - - - - - -
Bjorn Johansson 5 0 0 0 6 - - - - - -
Dan Chicoine 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - - -
Gilles Meloche 27 54 0 0 0 4 - - - - - - -
[3]

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Barons. Stats reflect time with the Barons 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
Gilles Meloche 27 54 3100 16 27 8 195 1 3.77 - - - - - - -.--
Gary Edwards 30 1700 6 18 5 128 0 4.52 - - - - - - -.--

TransactionsEdit

The Barons were involved in the following transactions during the 1977–78 season:

TradesEdit

August 17, 1977 To Cleveland Barons
rights to Mike Eaves
To St. Louis Blues
Len Frig
November 23, 1977 To Cleveland Barons
Randy Holt
To Chicago Black Hawks
Reg Kerr
December 9, 1977 To Cleveland Barons
Walt McKechnie
To Washington Capitals
Bob Girard
2nd round pick in 1978 Draft (Paul MacKinnon)
January 9, 1978 To Cleveland Barons
Chuck Arnason
Rick Jodzio
To Colorado Rockies
Fred Ahern
Ralph Klassen
January 10, 1978 To Cleveland Barons
J. P. Parise
Jean Potvin
4th round pick in 1978 Draft
(cancelled by Barons-North Stars merger)
To New York Islanders
Wayne Merrick
Darcy Regier
January 12, 1978 To Cleveland Barons
Dennis O'Brien
To Colorado Rockies
Mike Christie

Additions and subtractionsEdit

Additions
Player Former team Via
Kris Manery University of Michigan (NCAA) free agency (1977-10)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Phil Roberto Birmingham Bulls (WHA) free agency (1977-07)
Charlie Simmer Los Angeles Kings free agency (1977-08-08)
Gary Holt St. Louis Blues free agency (1977-10-20)
Dennis O'Brien Boston Bruins waivers (1978-03-10)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.27, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  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/1978.html



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