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World Hockey Association

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  • Edmonton Oilers
    Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League team in Edmonton, Alberta
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    The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The Oilers play their home games at Rogers Place, which opened in 2016 and has a seating capacity over 18,000. Dave Tippett is serving as the head coach for the Oilers since the 2019–20 season and Ken Holland was named as the general manager on May 7, 2019.
  • Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)
    Winnipeg Jets (1972–96) Former hockey team of the National Hockey League
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    The Winnipeg Jets were a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They began play in the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1972, moving to the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1979 following the collapse of the WHA. Due to mounting financial troubles, in 1996 the franchise moved to Phoenix, Arizona and became the Phoenix Coyotes (now the Arizona Coyotes). In 2011 the Atlanta Thrashers franchise relocated to Winnipeg and restored the Jets name, although the prior Jets club history is retained by the Arizona club.
  • Birmingham Bulls
    Birmingham Bulls Ice hockey team
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    The Birmingham Bulls were a professional ice hockey team based in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. They played in the World Hockey Association from 1976 to 1979 and the Central Hockey League from 1979 to 1981. The Bulls played their home games at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center.
  • San Diego Mariners
    San Diego Mariners Sports Team
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    The San Diego Mariners were an ice hockey team based in San Diego that played in the World Hockey Association. They played from 1974 to 1977. Their home ice was San Diego Sports Arena. Previous to being in San Diego, the team was known as the New York Raiders, New York Golden Blades, and Jersey Knights.
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    The North American Hockey League was a low-level minor professional hockey league that existed from 1973 to 1977. Several of the NAHL teams operated as developmental ("farm") teams for World Hockey Association franchises. The NAHL was one of two leagues, along with the Southern Hockey League, that were formed after the Eastern Hockey League ceased operations in 1973. The Lockhart Cup was the league's championship trophy. With the loss of a number of franchises, the NAHL elected to fold in September 1977.
  • Minnesota Fighting Saints
    Minnesota Fighting Saints World Hockey Association ice hockey team
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    The Minnesota Fighting Saints was the name of two professional ice hockey teams based in Saint Paul, Minnesota that played in the World Hockey Association. The first team was one of the WHA's original twelve franchises, playing from 1972–76. The second team was relocated from Cleveland, Ohio, and played for part of the 1976–77 season. Neither edition of the franchise completed its final season of play.
  • Avco World Trophy
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    The Avco World Trophy, also known as the Avco Cup, is the playoff championship trophy of the defunct World Hockey Association (1972–1979). The trophy's naming rights were sold to the former Avco Corporation (a name originally derived from "Aviation Company"), a defense contractor who bought the rights to advertise their consumer finance division. The trophy was mocked by some for its corporate sponsorship and never developed anything approaching the significance and sentiment of the Stanley Cup, its National Hockey League rival. Still, the cup's design was often seen as creative in that it involved a freely-floating etched crystal globe embedded in the "stem" of the cup. The cup was designed by Frank Bonnerkopf of Boise, Idaho.
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    The 1973–74 World Hockey Association All-Star Game was held in the just opened St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Fighting Saints, on January 3, 1974. The East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 8–4. Mike Walton was named the game's most valuable player.
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    The 1972–73 World Hockey Association All-Star Game was held in the Le Colisée in Quebec City, home of the Quebec Nordiques, on January 6, 1973. The East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 5–2. Wayne Carleton was named the game's most valuable player.
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    The World Hockey Association General Player Draft was held over the course of two days, February 12 and February 13, 1972, in Anaheim, California. The purpose of the draft was to establish an orderly process through which WHA teams would stock their rosters by the beginning of their inaugural season later that year. As such, players from other professional teams (notably National Hockey League clubs) were eligible to be drafted. The draftees were not under any legal obligation to sign with the drafting WHA club: other WHA clubs were prevented from negotiating with the players who had been drafted.
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