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1979–80 Hartford Whalers · NHL
Division 4th Norris
Conference 8th Prince of Wales
1979–80 record 27–34–19
Goals for 303
Goals against 312
Coach Don Blackburn
Captain Rick Ley
Arena Hartford Civic Center
Team leaders
Goals Blaine Stoughton (56)
Assists Mike Rogers (61)
Points Mike Rogers (105)
Penalties in minutes Nick Fotiu (107)
Wins John Garrett (16)
Goals against average Al Smith (3.66)

The 1979–80 Hartford Whalers season was the Whalers' first season in the National Hockey League. Along with the Edmonton Oilers, Quebec Nordiques, and Winnipeg Jets, the Whalers were one of four World Hockey Association franchises that joined the NHL. The Whalers season was Gordie Howe's final season in the NHL.

OffseasonEdit

HartfordWhalers1979

Hartford Whalers logo introduced in 1979, designed by Peter Good, a Connecticut-based graphic designer. This logo replaces the harpoon by combining a green W for Whalers with a blue whale's tail. Some people never notice that the negative space--the white area between the W and the whale's tail--acts as an H for Hartford.

NHL Amateur DraftEdit

Pick Player Nationality NHL Team College/junior/club team
18. Ray Allison (RW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Hartford Whalers Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

NHL Expansion DraftEdit

Reclaimed playersEdit

Reclaiming of players: The 17 existing NHL teams were allowed to reclaim any rights to former WHA players they held. The four incoming franchises, however, were allowed to protect up to two goaltenders and two skaters, voiding their NHL rights. These players were considered "priority selections" in the expansion draft. Gordie Howe was one of two special cases (the other being Wayne Gretzky), as a gentlemen's agreement between the Hartford Whalers and the Detroit Red Wings, which held his rights, led to the Wings declining to reclaim Howe.

These are Hartford players whose NHL rights were reclaimed when the WHA merged with the NHL. This list is incomplete.

# Player Reclaimed From Reclaimed By
2. Alan Hangsleben (D) Hartford Whalers Montreal Canadiens
7. Rick Ley (D) Hartford Whalers Toronto Maple Leafs
9. George Lyle (LW) Hartford Whalers Detroit Red Wings
10. Warren Miller (RW) Hartford Whalers New York Rangers

Whalers selectionsEdit

# Player Drafted From Drafted By
1. Rick Ley (D) Toronto Maple Leafs Hartford Whalers
2. Nick Fotiu (LW) New York Rangers Hartford Whalers
3. Al Sims (D) Boston Bruins Hartford Whalers
4. Bernie Johnston (C/LW) Philadelphia Flyers Hartford Whalers
5. Brian Hill (RW) Atlanta Flames Hartford Whalers
6. M. F. Schurman (LW) Philadelphia Flyers Hartford Whalers
7. Rick Hodgson (D) Atlanta Flames Hartford Whalers
8. Kevin Kemp (D) Toronto Maple Leafs Hartford Whalers
9. Jean Savard (C) Chicago Black Hawks Hartford Whalers
10. Alan Hangsleben (D) Montreal Canadiens Hartford Whalers
11. Ralph Klassen (F) Colorado Rockies Hartford Whalers
12. Bill Bennett (LW) Boston Bruins Hartford Whalers
13. Dave Given (F) Buffalo Sabres Hartford Whalers
14. Nick Beverley (D) Colorado Rockies Hartford Whalers
15. Norm Lapointe G Vancouver Canucks Hartford Whalers
16. Don Kozak (?) Vancouver Canucks Hartford Whalers

Regular seasonEdit

Gordie HoweEdit

When the WHA folded in 1979, the Hartford Whalers joined the NHL and the 51-year-old Howe signed on for one final season playing in all 80 games of the schedule, helping his team to make the playoffs with fifteen goals. One particular honor was when Howe, Phil Esposito, and Jean Ratelle were selected to the mid-season all-star game by coach Scotty Bowman, as a nod to their storied careers before they retired. Howe had played in five decades of all-star games and he would skate alongside the second-youngest to ever play in the game, 19-year-old Wayne Gretzky. The Joe Louis Arena crowd gave him a standing ovation twice, lasting so long, he had to skate to the bench to stop people from cheering. He had one assist in his side's 6–3 win.

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 47 20 13 328 240 107
Los Angeles Kings 80 30 36 14 290 313 74
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 251 303 73
Hartford Whalers 80 27 34 19 303 312 73
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 43 11 268 306 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.

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 11, 19791–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 0–1–0
2TOctober 13, 19793–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 0–1–1
3TOctober 14, 19793–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 0–1–2
4LOctober 17, 19791–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 0–2–2
5WOctober 19, 19796–3 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 1–2–2
6LOctober 20, 19791–6 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 1–3–2
7TOctober 24, 19792–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 1–3–3
8LOctober 26, 19791–2 New York Islanders (1979–80) 1–4–3
9TOctober 28, 19792–2 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 1–4–4
10WOctober 31, 19794–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 2–4–4
11WNovember 2, 19795–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 3–4–4
12WNovember 6, 19797–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 4–4–4
13LNovember 9, 19792–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 4–5–4
14TNovember 11, 19795–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 4–5–5
15LNovember 14, 19792–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 4–6–5
16WNovember 17, 19794–0 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 5–6–5
17LNovember 18, 19794–5 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 5–7–5
18WNovember 21, 19795–3 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 6–7–5
19TNovember 24, 19794–4 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 6–7–6
20WNovember 25, 19794–2 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 7–7–6
21LNovember 27, 19792–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 7–8–6
22WNovember 30, 19797–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 8–8–6
23TDecember 1, 19794–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 8–8–7
24TDecember 4, 19793–3 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 8–8–8
25LDecember 7, 19794–7 New York Rangers (1979–80) 8–9–8
26LDecember 9, 19790–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 8–10–8
27LDecember 11, 19793–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 8–11–8
28LDecember 12, 19794–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 8–12–8
29LDecember 15, 19795–6 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 8–13–8
30WDecember 19, 19795–4 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 9–13–8
31LDecember 22, 19792–4 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 9–14–8
32LDecember 23, 19792–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 9–15–8
33TDecember 26, 19794–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 9–15–9
34LDecember 29, 19790–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 9–16–9
35TJanuary 2, 19803–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 9–16–10
36LJanuary 4, 19803–6 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 9–17–10
37LJanuary 6, 19801–2 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 9–18–10
38LJanuary 7, 19802–5 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 9–19–10
39LJanuary 9, 19802–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 9–20–10
40WJanuary 12, 19806–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 10–20–10
41WJanuary 17, 19807–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 11–20–10
42WJanuary 19, 19805–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 12–20–10
43WJanuary 21, 19807–2 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 13–20–10
44LJanuary 24, 19802–7 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 13–21–10
45LJanuary 26, 19802–3 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 13–22–10
46WJanuary 28, 19806–1 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 14–22–10
47WJanuary 30, 19808–2 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 15–22–10
48LFebruary 2, 19803–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 15–23–10
49WFebruary 3, 19805–3 New York Islanders (1979–80) 16–23–10
50WFebruary 6, 19807–3 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 17–23–10
51TFebruary 8, 19804–4 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 17–23–11
52LFebruary 10, 19802–6 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 17–24–11
53TFebruary 12, 19805–5 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 17–24–12
54WFebruary 15, 19805–4 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 18–24–12
55LFebruary 16, 19803–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 18–25–12
56WFebruary 18, 19806–4 New York Rangers (1979–80) 19–25–12
57WFebruary 19, 19806–2 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 20–25–12
58WFebruary 23, 19806–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 21–25–12
59LFebruary 26, 19805–9 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 21–26–12
60LFebruary 27, 19803–6 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 21–27–12
61WFebruary 29, 19803–0 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 22–27–12
62WMarch 1, 19806–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 23–27–12
63LMarch 6, 19803–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 23–28–12
64LMarch 8, 19805–9 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 23–29–12
65TMarch 9, 19801–1 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 23–29–13
66TMarch 12, 19804–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 23–29–14
67WMarch 13, 19803–1 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 24–29–14
68WMarch 15, 19804–1 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 25–29–14
69LMarch 16, 19801–6 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 25–30–14
70TMarch 19, 19805–5 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 25–30–15
71TMarch 21, 19805–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 25–30–16
72TMarch 22, 19805–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 25–30–17
73LMarch 24, 19805–7 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 25–31–17
74LMarch 26, 19800–7 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 25–32–17
75TMarch 28, 19804–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 25–32–18
76TMarch 29, 19802–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 25–32–19
77LApril 1, 19804–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 25–33–19
78LApril 2, 19804–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 25–34–19
79WApril 4, 19809–2 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 26–34–19
80WApril 6, 19805–3 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 27–34–19

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

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

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Mike Rogers 80 44 61 105 10
Blaine Stoughton 80 56 44 100 16
Mark Howe 74 24 56 80 20
Dave Keon 76 10 52 62 10
Jordy Douglas 77 33 24 57 39
Pat Boutette 47 13 31 44 75
Gordie Howe 80 15 26 41 42
Al Sims 76 10 31 41 30
Gordie Roberts 80 8 28 36 89
[1]

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Al Smith 30 11 10 8 2 3.66
John Garrett 52 16 24 11 0 3.98
[1]

PlayoffsEdit

  • In the first round of the playoffs, 14th seeded Hartford played the 3rd seeded Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens won the series 3 games to 0.

Awards and recordsEdit

1980 NHL All-Star Game

RosterEdit

THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST

Hartford Whalers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


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ReferencesEdit


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