Monday, June 07, 2010

1977-78 WCHA Champions


Back row (left to right): Dave Lassen (manager), Gary Nedelak, Perry Stensland, Brad Purpur, Doug Berry, Lex Hudson, Ray Anttila, Mark Falcone, Paul Messier, Cal Sandbeck, Bob Pazzelli (captain), Gene Lake (manager). Middle row: Barry Lupovich (graduate assistant coach), Rob Anderson, Dirk Scherer, Greg Woods, Craig Roehl, Shawn Dineen, Gordon Gibson, Vince Magnan, Mark Davidson, Bob Williams (trainer). Front row: Jim Bales, Craig Berezowsky, Brian McAlister, assistant coach Ralph Backstrom, Ernie Glanville, Coach Marshall Johnston, Frank Xavier, Alex Belcourt, and Walt Aufderheide.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looking good '78! ;-)

I want one of those jerseys so bad.

-Cross-Czech

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Anonymous said...

I wonder if they've ever had to re-take a team photo after winning the league title before, like they did with Rhett's group a couple months ago? That was incredibly odd to see unfold.

Anonymous said...

Nice pant Ralph!

Anonymous said...

Last Game: vs. RIT 1-2 L

Still makes me laugh....

Anonymous said...

This was one of the best teams in the history of DU ice hockey. Unfortunately NCAA sanctions prevented them from capturing what should have been another National Championship:

"Johnston’s 1977-78 Denver team stormed out to a 33-6-1 record, a No. 1 national ranking and a WCHA title, but was not eligible for the NCAA tourney due to the NCAA sanctions. Boston University, under hot goalie Jim Craig, would win the NCAA title, but many believed the best team the country never had the chance to prove it."