1978-79 New England Whalers Roster

World Hockey Association (WHA)
Team Record: 37-34-9 - 83 points
Finishing 4th in the WHA
Postseason: 5-5
Lost AVCO Cup semi-finals
Preliminary - Defeated Cincinnati Stingers 2-1
Semi-Finals - Lost to Edmonton Oilers 4-3
Coach: Bill Dineen (33-29-9)
Coach: Don Blackburn (4-5)
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
1978-79 New England Whalers Statistics
1978-79 New England Whalers Results

The New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association ended the 1978-79 season with a record of 37 wins and 34 losses and 9 ties for 83 points, finishing fourth in the WHA. The team compiled a postseason mark of 5-5.

The Whalers netted 298 goals and conceded 287. Mark Howe scored 42 goals for New England, while Andre Lacroix tallied 30 or more, too. Mark Howe recorded 65 assists. John Garrett topped the squad with 20 wins, and Al Smith added 15 or more victories as well. Al Smith earned a 3.31 goals against average, pacing goalies with significant playing time.

Bill Dineen and Don Blackburn coached the team. The 1978-79 New England Whalers lost in the AVCO Cup semi-finals.

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Player Pos. Birth Date Height Weight S/C Hometown
Mike AntonovichCOctober 18, 19515'8"155LCalumet, MN USA
Jeff BrubakerLFebruary 24, 19586'2"207LHagerstown, MD USA
Jack CarlsonLAugust 23, 19546'3"205LVirginia, MN USA
Jordy DouglasLJanuary 20, 19586'0"200LWinnipeg, MB Canada
John GarrettGJune 17, 19515'8"175LTrenton, ON 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 InkpenDSeptember 4, 19546'0"195REdmonton, AB Canada
Dave KeonCMarch 22, 19405'9"165LRouyn-Noranda, QC Canada
Andre LacroixCJune 5, 19455'8"175LLauzon, QC Canada
Rick LeyDNovember 2, 19485'9"190LOrillia, ON Canada
George LyleLNovember 24, 19536'2"205LEdmonton, AB Canada
John McKenzieRDecember 12, 19375'9"175RHigh River, AB Canada
Warren MillerRJanuary 1, 19546'0"180RSouth St. Paul, MN USA
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
Pierre RoyDMarch 12, 19526'0"175LAmos, QC Canada
Brad SelwoodDMarch 18, 19486'1"200LLeamington, ON Canada
Al SmithGNovember 10, 19456'1"200LToronto, ON Canada
Blaine StoughtonRMarch 13, 19535'11"185RGilbert Plains, MB Canada
Jim WarnerRMarch 26, 19545'11"180RSt. Paul, MN USA