Team Recap: 40th-seeded ’79-’80 Colorado Rockies

The 40th-seeded '79-'80 Colorado Rockies

The 40th-seeded ’79-’80 Colorado Rockies

  • Hardy Astrom (G)
    • 4 GP   4 GS   0-4-0   4.75 GAA   .912 SV%   0 SO   4* Stars
  • Mike Christie (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   2 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gary Croteau (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   3 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Lucien DeBlois (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -1   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ron Delorme (C)
    • 4 GP   2 G   1 A   3* P   -5   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mike Gillis (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Pat Hickey (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2* A   2 P   -6   14 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Trevor Johansen (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Lanny McDonald (RW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -3   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mike McEwen (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -5   4 S   0 GWG   4* PIM   0 Stars
  • Bill McKenzie (G)
    • 1 GP   0 GS   0-0-0   3.00 GAA   .925 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Kevin Morrison (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Wilf Paiement (RW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   2* A   3* P   -5   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Randy Pierce (RW)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nelson Pyatt (C)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Joel Quenneville (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rob Ramage (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2* A   2 P   -7   17* S   0 GWG   4* PIM   0 Stars
  • Rene Robert (RW)
    • 4 GP   3* G   0 A   3* P   -4   11 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bobby Schmautz (RW)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dean Turner (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   4* PIM   0 Stars
  • Jack Valiquette (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -5   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 0-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 8
  • Goals/Game: 2.00
  • Goals Allowed: 22
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 5.50
  • Shots: 102
  • Shots Allowed: 255
  • Shots/Game: 25.5 – 3rd fewest in tournament
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 63.8 – 4th most in tournament
  • # of PP’s: 7
  • PPG’s: 0
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 6
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 66.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 22

Formerly the Kansas City Scouts and currently the New Jersey Devils, the Colorado Rockies existed in the NHL for six seasons. They only qualified for the playoffs once during that six-year span and it was not the ’79-’80 Rockies. The ’79-’80 Rockies were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut in this second annual tourney after the ’77-’78 Rockies appeared in the inaugural tournament.

First Round:

Swept by 25th-seeded ’83-’84 Washington Capitals, 4-0

The ’79-’80 Rockies posted a dreadful record of 19-48-13 under head coach Don Cherry, who I personally believe is the 2nd-most annoying person in hockey, behind only Pierre McGuire. With that record, Colorado finished with a total of 51 points and finished 6th in the Smythe division. The scored 234 goals over the 80 game season, good for a 2.93 goals/game average, which was 20th in the league out of 21 teams. They finished 15th in the league in goals against, allowing 308 goals (3.85/game). Hockey Reference ranked their schedule as the 2nd-tougest in the league that year and naturally, with all of the numbers I have just mentioned, they also had the ’79-’80 Rockies as the 2nd-worst team in the league in their SRS rating. However, that -0.88 SRS rating was actually the 2nd-highest rating in Rockies franchise history.

The front office was trying their best to make the team better and get their fanbase to grow by bringing in some big names. They hired Cherry to be their head coach, they traded for future Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald, and they had previously brought in fellow future Hall of Famer Rene Robert. But, none of that helped translate into wins. Robert was the teams leading scorer with 63 points while promising, young defenseman Mike McEwen, who would later be an All-Star, was second with 51 points. Robert was also the Rockies’ leading goal-scorer with 28 genos. McDonald was tied for second behind him in goals at 25 with Jack Valiquette. McEwen tallied 40 assists to lead Colorado while Robert was second with 35. Rookie defenseman Rob Ramage, another future All-Star, led the team in penalties in minutes with 135 while fellow youngster Randy Pierce was second with 130. Hardy Astrom was the team’s starting goaltender and posted a record of 9-27-6 with a 3.75 goals against average. However, he was under siege quite a lot and that led to him posting the second-highest Point Share on that team behind McEwen.

Up next are the 39th-seeded ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames!

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