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World Hockey Association

defunct ice hockey major league from 1972 to 1979

The World Hockey Association (French: Association mondiale de hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. It was the first major competition for the National Hockey League (NHL) since the end of the Western Hockey League after the 1925-26 WHL season. Although the WHA was not the first league since that time to attempt to challenge the NHL's hold as the top league, it was by far the most successful.

World Hockey Association
SportIce hockey
FoundedSeptember 13, 1971
CeasedJune 22, 1979
Countries United States
 Canada
Most titlesWinnipeg Jets (3)

Hockey Hall of FamersEdit

List of WHA players and executives inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, for achievements in their hockey career.

Trophies and AwardsEdit

This is a list of the trophies and awards handed out annually by the World Hockey Association.

Timeline of teamsEdit

Three Canadian teams completed all seven WHA seasons based in the same city, and were the same three Canadian teams that ultimately joined the NHL. The other WHA team to enter the NHL, the Whalers, were the only other WHA team to play all of its home games over seven seasons within a relatively small geographical area. Of the original 12 WHA franchises, only the Winnipeg Jets remained for all seven seasons without relocating, changing team names, or folding.

WHA All-Star GameEdit

Every season of the World Hockey Association had an All-Star game, but the format had changed with regularity.[1]

  • 1972-73 Eastern Division vs Western Division contest.
  • 1973-74 Eastern Division vs Western Division contest.
  • 1974-75 Eastern Division vs Western Division contest.
  • 1975-76 Canadian-based teams (5) vs US-based teams (9).
  • 1976-77 East played West.
  • 1977-78 AVCO Cup champion (Quebec Nordiques) vs WHA All-Star team.
  • 1978-79 WHA All-Star team vs Dynamo Moscow in a three game series.

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