Team Recap: 38th-Seeded ’75-’76 California Golden Seals

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The #38 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the #38 ’75-’76 California Golden Seals.

  • Fred Ahern (RW)
    • 6 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   -7   10 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mike Christie (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -8   3 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Len Frig (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -8   7 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Gardner (C)
    • 6 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -5   19 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Bob Girard (LW)
    • 6 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   -2   10 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rick Hampton (LW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   +1   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gary Holt (LW)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Hrechkosy (LW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -6    9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tim Jacobs (D)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   6 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Al MacAdam (RW)
    • 6 GP   1 G   4 A   5 P   Even   19 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dennis Maruk (C)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -2   14 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gilles Meloche (G)
    • 6 GP   2-4-0   4.50 GAA   .898 SV%   0 SO   5 Stars
  • Wayne Merrick (C)
    • 6 GP   4 G   0 A   4 P   Even   26 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Jim Moxey (RW)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Murdoch (RW)
    • 6 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   -5   20 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Jim Neilson (D)
    • 6 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   Even   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Larry Patey (C)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -7   14 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • George Pesut (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -7   4 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gary Sabourin (RW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -2   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Charlie Simmer (LW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -7   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gary Simmons (G)
    • 3 GP   0-0-0   2.67 GAA   .875 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Bob Stewart (D)
    • 6 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   -6   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM    0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 2-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 18
  • Goals/Game: 3.00
  • Goals Allowed: 35
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 5.83
  • Shots: 199
  • Shots Allowed: 328
  • Shots/Game: 33.2
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 54.7
  • # of PP’s: 11
  • PPG’s: 0
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 6
  • PPGA: 3
  • PK%: 50.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 26

The Golden Seals franchise was known for being bad, having white skate and for being bad. They, of course, wore white skates because their owner also was the owner of the Oakland Athletics and decided to carry over the tradition to his hockey team. This was this franchise’s last season in California before they moved to Cleveland and became the Barons.

1st Round:

Lost to 27th-Seeded ’79-’80 Minnesota North Stars, 4-2

Under head coach Jack Evans, who also coached the 29th-seeded ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers in this tournament, the ’75-’76 Golden Seals posted a record of 27-42-11, which was good for 65 points and 4th in the Adams Division. They were ranked 13th out of 18 teams in the league in goals for with 250 (3.13/game) and were 11th in the league in goals against with 278 (3.48/game). Hockey Reference ranked the Seals’ strength of schedule as the second toughest in the league, and their SRS rating system had the Seals’ ranked 12th overall in the league. The ’75-’76 Seals’ SRS rating (-0.26) is the highest in their franchises history. This Golden Seals team missed the playoffs, obviously, by almost 20 points.

There were some decent offensive players on this team. Al MacAdam and Dennis Maruk were both All-Star caliber forwards and were the ’75-’76 Seals’ top two scorers. MacAdam totaled 63 points and Maruk totaled 62 points, both did that in 80 games played. Wayne Merrick finished third on the team in points with 52, but in just 56 games played. Those same three were also first, second and third on the team in goals with MacAdam potting 32, Maruk potting 30 and Merrick potting 25. Defenseman and 19-year-old Rick Hampton led the team in assists with 37 and Maruk, who was only 20-years-old that season, was second with 32. Dave Gardner also posted 32 assists to tie Maruk for second on the team and MacAdam was third with 31 assists. With a record as bad as theirs it should not be too much of a surprise in that only one player posted a plus/minus rating above even. That player was winger Frank Spring, and he only played one game. Goaltending was split between Gilles Meloche and Gary Simmons. Meloche made one more start than Simmons during the regular season, but Simmons posted a better record and lower goals against average.

Up next is the #39 seed, the ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames!

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