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Hockey News and Highlights 1978

National Hockey League

Fred Shero, who had coached the Philadelphia Flyers to two Stanley Cups in seven years, left Philadelphia after the 1977-78 season to become coach and general manager of the New York Rangers, replacing general manager John Ferguson and coach Jean-Guy Talbot.

Bobby Hull, seven-time NHL All-Star, retired after the season "for personal reasons." Bobby Orr was forced into retirement at age 30 by a knee injury.

Final Standings

The Montreal Canadiens won the Prince of Wales Trophy for finishing at the top of the overall-season point standing in the league for a record 19th time, finishing 16 points ahead of their nearest rival, the Boston Bruins.

  Won Lost Tied Goals Goals
Against
Points
Prince of Wales Conference
JAMES NORRIS DIVISION
Montreal Canadiens 59 10 11 359 183 129
Detroit Red Wings 32 34 14 252 266 78
Los Angeles Kings 31 34 15 243 245 77
Pittsburgh Penguins 25 37 18 254 321 68
Washington Capitals 17 49 14 195 321 48
CHARLES F. ADAMS DIVISION
Boston Bruins 51 18 11 333 218 113
Buffalo Sabres 44 19 17 288 215 105
Toronto Maple Leafs 41 29 10 271 237 92
Cleveland Barons 22 45 13 230 325 57
             
Clarence Campbell Conference
LESTER PATRICK DIVISION
New York Islanders 48 17 15 334 210 111
Philadelphia Flyers 45 20 15 296 200 105
Atlanta Flames 34 27 19 274 252 87
New York Rangers 30 37 13 279 280 73
CONN SMYTHE DIVISION
Chicago Blackhawks 32 29 19 230 220 83
Colorado Rockies 19 40 21 257 305 59
Vancouver Canucks 20 43 17 239 320 57
St. Louis Blues 20 47 13 195 304 53
Minnesota North Stars 18 53 9 218 325 45

Stanley Cup

The Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins four games to two in the final series of the playoffs (May 13-25) to win their third straight Stanley Cup.

Canadien Steve Shutt was sent flying after being checked by Brad Park and Al Sims of the Bruins during the final Stanley Cup game, which the Canadiens won 4-1.
Brad Park checks Steve Shutt

Individual Honors

Guy Lafleur won the Art Voss Trophy for the third consecutive season as the league's leading scorer with 132 points. He was also voted the league's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row.

Ken Dryden and Michel Larocque earned Montreal's third straight Vezina Trophy for the league's best goal-tending.

Mike Bossy, right winger for the New York Islanders, won the Rookie-of-the-Year Award. He set a new NHL record for rookies with 53 goals, passing Rick Martin's old mark of 44.

NCAA

Boston University won the NCAA Hockey Championship with a 5-3 victory over Boston College.

Boston University's Mark Fidler celebrates after having shot the puck past Boston College goaltender Paul Skidmore.
Mark Fidler celebrates his team's NCAA victory

SEE ALSO
In the Year 1978
Stanley Cup

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