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National Hockey League (NHL) 1978 - 79 Regular Season Standings


(NHL) National Hockey League 1978 - 79 Standings

Games Wins Loses Ties OTL Pts GF GA
Patrick Division
New York Islanders 80 51 15 14 0 116 358 214
Philadelphia Flyers 80 40 25 15 0 95 281 248
New York Rangers 80 40 29 11 0 91 316 292
Atlanta Flames 80 41 31 8 0 90 327 280
Smythe Division
Chicago Black Hawks 80 29 36 15 0 73 244 277
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 42 13 0 63 217 291
St. Louis Blues 80 18 50 12 0 48 249 348
Colorado Rockies 80 15 53 12 0 42 210 331
Adams Division
Boston Bruins 80 43 23 14 0 100 316 270
Buffalo Sabres 80 36 28 16 0 88 280 263
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 34 33 13 0 81 267 252
Minnesota North Stars 80 28 40 12 0 68 257 289
Norris Division
Montreal Canadiens 80 52 17 11 0 115 337 204
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 31 13 0 85 281 279
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 34 12 0 80 292 286
Washington Capitals 80 24 41 15 0 63 273 338
Detroit Red Wings 80 23 41 16 0 62 252 295

National Hockey League (NHL) 1978 - 79 Stanley Cup Playoff Results


(NHL) National Hockey League 1978 - 79 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Philadelphia Flyers defeated Vancouver Canucks in the Preliminary Round 2 - 1 - 0
New York Rangers defeated Los Angeles Kings in the Preliminary Round 2 - 0 - 0
Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Atlanta Flames in the Preliminary Round 2 - 0 - 0
Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Buffalo Sabres in the Preliminary Round 2 - 1 - 0
New York Islanders defeated Chicago Black Hawks in the Quarter Final 4 - 0 - 0
Montreal Canadiens defeated Toronto Maple Leafs in the Quarter Final 4 - 0 - 0
Boston Bruins defeated Pittsburgh Penguins in the Quarter Final 4 - 0 - 0
New York Rangers defeated Philadelphia Flyers in the Quarter Final 4 - 1 - 0
New York Rangers defeated New York Islanders in the Semi Final 4 - 2 - 0
Montreal Canadiens defeated Boston Bruins in the Semi Final 4 - 3 - 0
Montreal Canadiens defeated New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final 4 - 1 - 0

1978 - 79 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Rooster


Players: Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Brain Engblom, Gillies Lupien, Rick Chartraw, Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Jacques Lemaire, Yvan Cournoyer, Réjean Houle, Pierre Mondou, Bob Gainey, Doug Jarvis, Yvon Lambert, Doug Risebrough, Pierre Larouche, Mario Tremblay, Cam Connor, Pat Hughes, Rod Langway, Mark Napier, Michel Larocque, Richard Sévigny Staff: Scotty Bowman (Coach), Irving Grundman (Managing Director), Eddy Palchak, Pierre Meilleur (Trainers)


National Hockey League (NHL) 1978 - 79 Stanley Cup Playoff Standings

Team Games Wins Loses Ties GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 16 12 4 0 63 41 178
Montreal Canadiens 16 12 4 0 63 41 178
New York Rangers 18 11 7 0 66 42 286
New York Rangers 18 11 7 0 66 42 286
Boston Bruins 11 7 4 0 36 32 131
Boston Bruins 11 7 4 0 36 32 131
New York Islanders 10 6 4 0 27 21 144
New York Islanders 10 6 4 0 27 21 144
Philadelphia Flyers 8 3 5 0 23 37 173
Philadelphia Flyers 8 3 5 0 23 37 173
Toronto Maple Leafs 6 2 4 0 19 24 192
Pittsburgh Penguins 7 2 5 0 16 25 84
Pittsburgh Penguins 7 2 5 0 16 25 84
Toronto Maple Leafs 6 2 4 0 19 24 192
Vancouver Canucks 3 1 2 0 9 15 47
Buffalo Sabres 3 1 2 0 9 9 41
Buffalo Sabres 3 1 2 0 9 9 41
Vancouver Canucks 3 1 2 0 9 15 47
Los Angeles Kings 2 0 2 0 2 9 45
Chicago Black Hawks 4 0 4 0 3 14 45
Atlanta Flames 2 0 2 0 5 9 129
Los Angeles Kings 2 0 2 0 2 9 45
Chicago Black Hawks 4 0 4 0 3 14 45
Atlanta Flames 2 0 2 0 5 9 129


Most Goals 1978 - 79 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals
Real Cloutier Quebec Nordiques75
Mike Bossy New York Islanders69
Morris Lukowich Winnipeg Jets65
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings59
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens52



Most Goals 1978 - 79 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Goals
Jacques Lemaire Montreal Canadiens11
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers10
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens10
Willy Lindstrom Winnipeg Jets10
Ron Chipperfield Edmonton Oilers9

Most Assists 1978 - 79 Season - Individual


Player Team Assists
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders87
Robbie Ftorek Cincinnati Stingers77
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens77
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings71
Bob MacMillan Atlanta Flames71

Most Assists 1978 - 79 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Assists
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens13
Don Maloney New York Rangers13
Phil Esposito New York Rangers12
Jacques Lemaire Montreal Canadiens12
Terry Ruskowski Winnipeg Jets12

Most Points 1978 - 79 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Bryan Trottier New York Islanders4787134
Marcel Dionne Los Angeles Kings5971130
Real Cloutier Quebec Nordiques7554129
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens5277129
Mike Bossy New York Islanders6957126

Most Points 1978 - 79 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens101323
Jacques Lemaire Montreal Canadiens111223
Phil Esposito New York Rangers81220
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers101020
Don Maloney New York Rangers71320

Most Penalty Minutes 1978 - 79 Season - Individual


Player Team Penalty Min
Tiger Williams Toronto Maple Leafs298
Scott Campbell Winnipeg Jets248
Rick Vaive Birmingham Bulls248
Paul Baxter Quebec Nordiques240
Dave Hutchison Toronto Maple Leafs235

Plus/Minus Rating 1978 - 79 Season - Individual


Player Team Plus/Minus
Rick Green Washington Capitals-45
Mike Christie Colorado Rockies-44
Garry Unger St. Louis Blues-44
Barry Gibbs St. Louis Blues-42
Jack Valiquette Colorado Rockies-42

1978 - 79 James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner



The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's top defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. The trophy is named in honour of James E. Norris, owner of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952. The trophy was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1953–54 NHL season. At the end of each season, members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote to determine the player who was the best defenseman during the regular season. Full List of Previous Winners

James Norris Memorial Trophy - Denis Potvin - New York Islanders

1978 - 79 Hart Memorial Trophy Winner



Selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, the NHL's Regular Season MVP (Most Valuable Player) is awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy. The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Originally known as the Hart Trophy, it was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1923–24 NHL season. The Hart Memorial Trophy is named in honour of Canadian Dr. David Hart, who donated the original trophy to the NHL. The original "Hart Trophy" was retired in Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960, and the NHL began presenting a new trophy, which was named the "Hart Memorial Trophy" in its place. Full List of Previous Winners

Hart Memorial Trophy - Bryan Trottier - New York Islanders

1978 - 79 Art Ross Trophy Winner



The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season. The Art Ross Trophy was presented to the National Hockey League in 1947 by Arthur Howie "Art" Ross, former general manager and head coach of the Boston Bruins. Full List of Previous Winners

Art Ross Trophy - Bryan Trottier - New York Islanders

1978 - 79 Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner



The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game. The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association following the regular season. The trophy was first awarded at the end of the 1977–78 NHL season. It was named after Frank J. Selke, former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. Full List of Previous Winners

Frank J. Selke Trophy - Bob Gainey - Montreal Canadiens

1978 - 79 Calder Memorial Trophy Winner



The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. The trophy is named in honor of Frank Calder, the former President of the National Hockey League from its inception in 1917 to his death in 1943. Although Rookie of the Year honors were handed out beginning in 1932–33, the Calder Trophy was first presented at the conclusion of the 1936–37 NHL season. After Calder's death in 1942 the trophy was re-named the Calder Memorial Trophy. The voting is conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of each regular season to determine the winner. To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played any more than 25 games previously in any single season, nor have played in more than six games in each of two separate preceding seasons in any major professional league. Full List of Previous Winners

Calder Memorial Trophy - Bobby Smith - Minnesota North Stars

1978 - 79 Vezina Trophy Winner



The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's goaltender who is judged to be the best at this position. The Vezina Trophy was named in honor of Georges Vézina, an exceptional goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. At the end of each season, the 30 General Managers of the teams in the National Hockey League vote to determine the goaltender who was the most valuable to his team during the regular season. Before 1981, it was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season; now, the William M. Jennings Trophy is awarded under that definition. Full List of Previous Winners

Vezina Trophy - Ken Dryden - Montreal Canadiens
Vezina Trophy - Michel Larocque - Montreal Canadiens

1978 - 79 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winner



The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League player judged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The voting is conducted at the end of the season by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. The trophy is named in honour of Marie Evelyn Moreton (Lady Byng), wife of Viscount Byng of Vimy, a Vimy Ridge war hero who was Governor General of Canada from 1921 to 1926. Lady Byng, who was an avid hockey fan, decided to donate the trophy to the NHL in 1925. Full List of Previous Winners

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Bob MacMillan - Atlanta Flames

1978 - 79 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner



The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The trophy is named in honour of the late Bill Masterton, a Minnesota North Stars player who died on January 15, 1968, after sustaining an injury during a hockey game. The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association after each team nominates one player in competition. It is often awarded to a player who has come back from career- or even life-threatening illness or injury. A player can win this trophy only once in his career. Full List of Previous Winners

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - Serge Savard - Montreal Canadiens

1978 - 79 Lester B. Pearson Award Winner



The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association. The award was first handed out at the conclusion of the 1971–72 NHL season. It is named in honour of Lester B. Pearson, who was Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968. The voting for the trophy is conducted at the end of the regular season by the members of the NHL Players Association. Full List of Previous Winners

Lester B. Pearson Award - Marcel Dionne - Los Angeles Kings

1978 - 79 NHL All-Star Team Winners



"The NHL All-Star Teams were first named at the end of the 1930–31 NHL season, to honor the best performers over the season at each position. Representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote for the All-Star Team at the end of the regular season. "

Full List of Previous Winners
NHL All-Star Team - Ken Dryden - G - Montreal Canadiens
NHL All-Star Team - Clark Gillies - L - New York Islanders
NHL All-Star Team - Guy Lafleur - R - Montreal Canadiens
NHL All-Star Team - Denis Potvin - D - New York Islanders
NHL All-Star Team - Larry Robinson - D - Montreal Canadiens
NHL All-Star Team - Bryan Trottier - C - New York Islanders
NHL All-Star Team - Real Cloutier - R - Quebec Nordiques
NHL All-Star Team - Dave Dryden - G - Edmonton Oilers
NHL All-Star Team - Robbie Ftorek - C - Cincinnati Stingers
NHL All-Star Team - Mark Howe - L - New England Whalers
NHL All-Star Team - Rick Ley - D - New England Whalers
NHL All-Star Team - Rob Ramage - D - Birmingham Bulls

Full List of Previous Winners

NHL All-Star Second Team - Bill Barber - L - Philadelphia Flyers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Mike Bossy - R - New York Islanders
NHL All-Star Second Team - Marcel Dionne - C - Los Angeles Kings
NHL All-Star Second Team - Glenn Resch - G - New York Islanders
NHL All-Star Second Team - Borje Salming - D - Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL All-Star Second Team - Serge Savard - D - Montreal Canadiens
NHL All-Star Second Team - Richard Brodeur - G - Quebec Nordiques
NHL All-Star Second Team - Wayne Gretzky - C - Indianapolis Racers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Dave Langevin - D - Edmonton Oilers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Morris Lukowich - L - Winnipeg Jets
NHL All-Star Second Team - Blair MacDonald - R - Edmonton Oilers
NHL All-Star Second Team - Paul Shmyr - D - Edmonton Oilers

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