1978-79 Edmonton Oilers Roster

World Hockey Association (WHA)
Team Record: 48-30-2 - 98 points
Finishing 1st in the WHA
Postseason: 6-7
Lost AVCO Cup finals
Semi-Finals - Defeated New England Whalers 4-3
Avco Cup Finals - Lost to Winnipeg Jets 4-2
Coach: Glen Sather (48-30-2)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers Statistics
1978-79 Edmonton Oilers Results

The Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association ended the 1978-79 season with a record of 48 wins and 30 losses and 2 ties for 98 points, finishing first in the WHA. The team compiled a postseason mark of 6-7.

The Oilers scored 340 goals, best in the league. Edmonton yielded 266 goals. Wayne Gretzky netted 43 goals for the team, while Brett Callighen, Stan Weir, Blair MacDonald and Ron Chipperfield each tallied 30 or more also. Wayne Gretzky contributed 61 assists. Dave Dryden earned 41 wins for the squad and a team-best 2.89 goals against average, leading goaltenders with enough qualifying appearances.

Glen Sather coached the team. The 1978-79 Edmonton Oilers lost in the AVCO Cup finals.

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Player Pos. Birth Date Height Weight S/C Hometown
Claire AlexanderDJune 16, 19456'1"175RCollingwood, ON Canada
Garnet BaileyLJune 13, 19485'11"192LLloydminster, SK Canada
Doug BerryCJune 3, 19576'1"190LNew Westminster, BC Canada
Brett CallighenLMay 15, 19535'11"182LToronto, ON Canada
Steve CarlsonCAugust 26, 19556'3"180RVirginia, MN USA
Ron ChipperfieldCMarch 28, 19545'11"186RBrandon, MB Canada
Peter DriscollLOctober 27, 19546'0"190LPowassan, ON Canada
Dave DrydenGSeptember 5, 19416'1"186RHamilton, ON Canada
Bill FlettRJuly 21, 19436'1"205RVermillion, AB Canada
Wes GeorgeLSeptember 26, 19586'2"220LYoung, SK Canada
Bill GoldsworthyRAugust 24, 19446'0"190RWaterloo, ON Canada
Wayne GretzkyCJanuary 26, 19616'0"185LBrantford, ON Canada
Pierre GuiteLApril 17, 19526'2"190LMontreal, QC Canada
Bengt-Ake GustafssonRMarch 23, 19586'0"185LKarlskoga, Sweden
Al HamiltonDAugust 20, 19466'1"195RFlin Flon, MB Canada
John HughesDMarch 18, 19545'11"200LCharlottetown, PE Canada
Dave HunterLJanuary 1, 19585'11"195LPetrolia, ON Canada
Hannu KamppuriGJune 1, 19576'0"175RHelsinki, Finland
Dave LangevinDMay 15, 19546'2"200LSt. Paul, MN USA
Blair MacDonaldRNovember 17, 19535'10"180RCornwall, ON Canada
Jim MayerDOctober 30, 19546'0"190RCapreol, ON Canada
Joe MichelettiDOctober 24, 19546'0"185LInternational Falls, MN USA
Eddie MioGJanuary 31, 19545'10"180LWindsor, ON Canada
Jim NeilsonDNovember 28, 19406'2"205LBig River, SK Canada
Cal SandbeckDJanuary 28, 19566'1"218LInternational Falls, MN USA
Dave SemenkoLJuly 12, 19576'3"200LWinnipeg, MB Canada
Paul ShmyrDJanuary 28, 19465'11"170LCudworth, SK Canada
Risto SiltanenDOctober 31, 19585'8"180LTampere, Finland
Dennis SobchukCJanuary 12, 19546'2"176LLang, SK Canada
Rudy TajcnarDApril 17, 19485'11"200LBratislava, Czech Republic
Ed WalshGAugust 18, 19515'10"180RSomerville, MA USA
Stan WeirCMarch 17, 19526'1"180LPonoka, AB Canada