The Summit in 1974
WHA 72-79
WHA MVP 1978
Gordie Howe Trophy in 1978
1978
Marc Tardif
LW, Quebec Nordiques

 

SEVEN SEASONS: WHA 1972-78

SEASON SIX: Timeline by Paul Newberry

Merger talks with NHL produce tentative agreement to admit six teams into the older league: Cincinnati, Edmonton, Houston, New England, Quebec and Winnipeg. But the plan falls through and WHA begins its sixth season with an eight-team format. San Diego, Calgary and Phoenix are folded. Howe family moves to New England. Winnipeg wins its second championship.

 WHA Regular Season

TEAM GP W L T PTS GF GA PIM
Winnipeg Jets 80 50 28 2 102 381 270 988
New-England Whalers 80 44 31 5 93 335 269 1255
Houston Aeros 80 42 34 4 88 296 302 1543
Quebec Nordiques 80 40 37 3 83 349 347 1185
Edmonton Oilers 80 38 39 3 79 309 307 1296
Birmingham Bulls 80 36 41 3 75 287 314 2177
Cincinnati Stingers 80 35 42 3 73 298 332 1701
Indianapolis Racers 80 24 51 5 53 267 353 1189

AVCO World Trophy Playoffs

First Round:
New England 4 Edmonton 1
Quebec 4 Houston 2
Second Round:
Winnipeg 4 Birmingham 1
New England 4 Quebec 1

AVCO Cup:
Winnipeg over New England, 4 games to 0

Bill Hunter Trophy Scoring Leader

Year Player Gm G A Pts
1978 Marc Tardif,
Quebec Nordiques
78 65 89 154

Ben Hatskin Trophy Best Goaltender

Year Player Record GAA
1978 Al Smith, New England Whalers 30-20-3 3.22

Dennis A. Murphy Trophy Best Defenseman

Year Player
1978 Lars-Erik Sjoberg, Winnipeg Jets

Lou Kaplan Trophy Rookie of the Year

Year Player G A Pts
1978 Kent Nilsson, C, Winnipeg Jets 42 65 107

Paul Deneau Trophy Most Gentlmenly Player

Year Player
1978 Dave Keon, New England Whalers

Howard Baldwin Trophy Coach of the Year

Year Coach    Improvement
1978 Bill Dineen, Houston Aeros 50-24-6* to 42-34-4

Note: *Won Division.

WHA Annual All-Star Game Quebec City, Quebec.

Quebec 5, WHA 4
Attendance: 6,413
MVP: Marc Tardif, Mark Howe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Summit in 1974