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1972-1997 New England Whalers / Hartford Whalers

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1976-77 New England Whalers Media GuideWorld Hockey Association (1972-1979)
National Hockey League (1979-1997)

Born: November 1971 – WHA founding franchise
Moved: May 6, 1997 (Carolina Hurricanes)

Arenas:

Team Colors:

Owners:

  • 1972-: Howard Baldwin, John Colburn, Godfrey Wood & William Barnes’
  • 1988-1989: Donald Conrad, Richard Gordon, et al.
  • 1994-1997: Peter Karmanos, Thomas Thewes & Jim Rutherford

WHA Champions: 1973
Stanley Cup Championships: None

 

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Whalers Shop

Whalers WHA Road Green Replica Jersey

Whalers WHA Home White Replica Jersey

Hartford Whalers Knit Beanie by Mitchell & Ness


Whalers WHA Logo Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max

 

New England Whalers Memorabilia

 

Whalers Video

New England Whalers upset the Soviet Red Army team at the Hartford Civic Center. December 27, 1976.

 

In Memoriam

Defenseman Brad McCrimmon (Whalers ’93-’96) died on September 7, 2011 in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster in Russia

Left wing Paul Cyr (Whalers ’90-’92) passed away from a heart attack on May 12, 2012 at age 48

 

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World Hockey Association Media Guides

World Hockey Association Programs

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1972-1995 Quebec Nordiques

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Quebec Nordiques Media GuideWorld Hockey Association (1972-1979)
National Hockey League (1979-1995)

Born: 1972 – WHA founding franchise
Moved: May 1995 (Colorado Avalanche)

Arena: Le Colisee de Quebec

Team Colors:

Owners:

WHA AVCO Cup Championships: 1977
NHL Stanley Cup Championships: None
Deepest Run: Conference Finals 1982 & 1985

 

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Quebec Nordiques WHA Memorabilia

 

Quebec Nordiques NHL Memorabilia

 

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Nordiques at Montreal Canadiens. Adams Conference Division Finals, Game 7, 1985.

 

 

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World Hockey Association Media Guides

World Hockey Association Programs

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1974-1977 San Diego Mariners

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San Diego Mariners Media GuideWorld Hockey Association (1974-1977)

Born: 1974 – The Jersey Knights relocate to San Diego, CA
Folded:
Postseason 1977

Arena: San Diego Sports Arena

Team Colors:

Owners:

 

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San Diego Mariners Programs

 

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World Hockey Association Media Guides

World Hockey Association Programs

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Written by AC

July 18th, 2015 at 7:40 pm

1973 New York Golden Blades

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New York Golden BladesWorld Hockey Association (1973)

Born: May 30, 1973- Re-branded from New York Raiders
Moved: November 20, 1973 (Jersey Knights)

Arena: Madison Square Garden

Team Colors:

Owner: Ralf Brent, Lee Matison & Lawrence Stern

AVCO Cup Championships: None

 

The New York Golden Blades lasted for just 24 games and marked the grim conclusion to the World Hockey Association’s hopes to plant its flag in New York.  The WHA, a 1970’s rival to the NHL, originally hoped to place its New York Raiders franchise in the brand new Nassau Coliseum on Long Island in 1972.  But the senior circuit blocked the WHA from Nassau by hastily awarding the New York Islanders expansion club to Long Island.  The Raiders wound up in Manhattan, getting pushed around by the New York Rangers at the Madison Square Garden.  The team’s original investors bailed and the league had to take over the Raiders two months into the WHA’s 1972-73 maiden season.

The league found a new buyer in the spring of 1973 with a consortium led by Ralf Brent.  Brent’s group took over the club and immediately changed the name from Raiders to “Golden Blades”.  The team, in fact, would wear white skates with gold colored blades.  The Golden Blades scored an early coup in the summer of 1973, signing the league’s reigning scoring champion Andre Lacroix away from the similarly troubled Philadelphia Blazers club.  Then things went south in a hurry.

The new owners were still saddled with the Raiders’ old lousy dates and expensive lease at the Garden.  And they turned out not to have any real money.  Brent & Co. missed their very first payroll in October 1973.  (At least the Raiders’ owners made two payrolls before evaporating the previous winter).  The WHA took over player payroll, but Brent and his partners were still responsible for funding the remaining operations of the Blades.  By November 1973 they were on the verge of eviction from Madison Square Garden.  The league stepped in on November 20th and seized the franchise.  The Golden Blades were swiftly shipped off to tiny 5,000 Cherry Hill Arena on the outskirts of Philadelphia and finished out the 1973-74 season as the “Jersey Knights”.

The WHA never returned to New York.  The league folded in 1979 following a merger that saw four of its teams join the NHL.

 

New York Golden Blades Shop


Golden Blades Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max

Links

World Hockey Association Media Guides

World Hockey Association Programs

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1972-1974 Los Angeles Sharks

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Los Angeles Sharks ProgramWorld Hockey Association (1972-1974)

Born: 1972 – WHA founding franchise.
Moved: April 1974 (Michigan Stags)

Arenas:

Team Colors:

Owners: Dr. Arthur Rhoades, Dennis Murphy, et al.

 

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Los Angeles Sharks Shop


Sharks Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max

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World Hockey Association Media Guides

World Hockey Association Programs

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