1977-78 New England Whalers Roster

World Hockey Association (WHA)
Team Record: 44-31-5 - 93 points
Finishing 2nd in the WHA
Postseason: 8-6
Lost AVCO Cup finals
Quarter-Finals - Defeated Edmonton Oilers 4-1
Semi-Finals - Lost to Quebec Nordiques 1-4
Avco Cup Finals - Lost to Winnipeg Jets 4-0
Coach: Harry Neale (44-31-5)
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
1977-78 New England Whalers Statistics
1977-78 New England Whalers Results

The New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association ended the 1977-78 season with a record of 44 wins and 31 losses and 5 ties for 93 points, finishing second in the WHA. The team compiled a postseason mark of 8-6.

The Whalers scored 335 goals and gave up 269. Gordie Howe netted 34 goals for New England, while George Lyle, Mark Howe and Mike Antonovich each tallied 30 or more, too. Gordie Howe contributed 62 assists. Al Smith earned 30 wins in front of the net for the squad and a team-best 3.22 goals against average, pacing regular goalies.

Harry Neale coached the team. The 1977-78 New England Whalers lost in the AVCO Cup finals.

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Player Pos. Birth Date Height Weight S/C Hometown
Mike AntonovichCOctober 18, 19515'8"155LCalumet, MN USA
Danny BolducRApril 6, 19535'9"180LWaterville, ME USA
Bill ButtersDJanuary 10, 19515'10"185RSt. Paul, MN USA
Jack CarlsonLAugust 23, 19546'3"205LVirginia, MN USA
Steve CarlsonCAugust 26, 19556'3"180RVirginia, MN USA
Greg CarrollCNovember 10, 19566'0"185LEdmonton, AB Canada
Al HangslebenDFebruary 22, 19536'1"195LWarroad, MN USA
Gordie HoweRMarch 31, 19286'0"205RFloral, SK Canada
Mark HoweDMay 28, 19555'11"185LDetroit, MI USA
Marty HoweDFebruary 18, 19546'1"195LDetroit, MI USA
Dave KeonCMarch 22, 19405'9"165LRouyn-Noranda, QC Canada
Jean-Louis LevasseurGJune 16, 19495'10"160LRouyn-Noranda, QC Canada
Rick LeyDNovember 2, 19485'9"190LOrillia, ON Canada
George LyleLNovember 24, 19536'2"205LEdmonton, AB Canada
Bryan MaxwellDSeptember 7, 19556'2"200LNorth Bay, ON Canada
Jim MayerDOctober 30, 19546'0"190RCapreol, ON Canada
John McKenzieRDecember 12, 19375'9"175RHigh River, AB Canada
Andre PeloffyCFebruary 25, 19515'8"160LSete, France
Larry PleauCJanuary 29, 19476'1"190LLynn, MA USA
Ron PlumbDJuly 17, 19505'10"175LKingston, ON Canada
Gordie RobertsDOctober 2, 19576'1"195LDetroit, MI USA
Mike RogersCOctober 24, 19545'9"170LCalgary, AB Canada
Brad SelwoodDMarch 18, 19486'1"200LLeamington, ON Canada
Tim SheehyRSeptember 3, 19486'1"185RInternational Falls, MN USA
Al SmithGNovember 10, 19456'1"200LToronto, ON Canada
Tom WebsterROctober 4, 19485'10"170RKirkland Lake, ON Canada