|Matti Hagman, Dale Hoganson, Wayne Wood|
The first and second photos were taken in quick sequence and show Finnish import Matti Hagman battling Dale Hoganson in front of the net. Hagman had topped the Finnish league in goals as a 19-year old and repeated the feat in 1974/75. He was then drafted by the Boston Bruins whom he joined in 76/77 to score 11 goals and 28 points over a full season. After beginning the following campaign even slower, the Bruins sold Hagman to the Nordiques on December 1, 1977. Hagman produced an impressive 56 points in 53 games but would return home to play for Helsinki after the season he'd play the next two there including 79/80 when he scored a fantastic 87 points over 36 games.
The NHL came calling once again for Hagman and he signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers prior to the 80/81 season. After seasons of 53 and 59 points Hagman returned to Finland one last time. He played 10 more years, leading the circuit in scoring three more times.
The next photo, I'm fairly confident of the players I identified, except the #16 Bull behind Wayne Wood's net. I believe it's Gord Gallant as there is a clear "ant" visible at the end of the player's nameplate. Gallant was the only player of the three years the Bulls existed that had a name ending in "ant" and he had played the previous season with the team but would not make the squad in 77/78.
This scenario presents a bit of a problem though. If this is a pre-season game in September of 1977, Hagman would still be with the Bruins as he wouldn't become a Nordique for over two months. This is of course assuming that these photos are from the same game. Either way, it's a tough one to figure out.
|Chris Evans, Wayne Wood|