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26 teams played in the WHA from '72 to '79, some for less than a single full season. But only 6 clubs were left skating when the league merged with the NHL, after the Racers folded in mid-season. And although Birmingham and Cincinnati didn't make the cut, New England, Winnipeg, Quebec and Edmonton joined the rival league for play for the '79-'80 season. Coincidentally, these four clubs were part of the WHA's original 12 in 1972.

Although the Whalers, Jets and Nordiques are now the Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche, only the Edmonton Oilers survive to this day.


Click below for individual team histories ...

Formed in '72 - the only remaining team still in existence ... God bless our beloved Oilers
Alberta/Edmonton
Oilers
Baltimore Blades, former homes were Michigan and Los Angeles
Baltimore
Blades
Former homes were Toronto and Ottawa.  Played last 3 seasons.  One of last 6 teams, but didn't move to the NHL.
Birmingham
Bulls
Former homes were Vancouver & Philadelphia.  Played 3 seasons, folded after 76-77.
Calgary
Cowboys
Chicago Cougars
Chicago
Cougars
Cincinnati Stingers
Cincinnati
Stingers
LA Sharks - became Michigan Stags
Los Angeles
Sharks
Michigan Stags - formerly LA Sharks
Michigan
Stags
Minnesota Fighting Saints - 2 seperate incarnations
Minnesota
Fighting Saints

Cleveland Crusaders - folded, became second incarnation of Fighting Saints
Cleveland
Crusaders
Denver Spurs - became Ottawa Civics first season
Denver
Spurs
Houston Aeros
Houston
Aeros
Indianapolis Racers
Indianapolis
Racers

Minnesota Fighting Saints - 2 seperate incarnations
Minnesota
Fighting Saints
New England Whalers - became Hartford Whalers in NHL
New England
Whalers
New Jersey Knights - lasted less than a year
New Jersey
Knights
New York Golden Blades- second incarnation of NY area team
New York
Golden Blades
New York Raiders - then NY Golden Blades - then New Jersey Knights
New York
Raiders
darkest dark spot on the league. never even had a logo
Ottawa
Civics
Ottawa Nationals - then Toronto Toros and then Birmingham Bulls
Ottawa
Nationals
Philadelphia Blazers - moved to Vancouver after 1 season.
Philadelphia
Blazers
Phoenix Roadrunners
Phoenix
Roadrunners

Quebec Nordiques - moved to NHL
Quebec
Nordiques
San Diego Mariners
San Diego
Mariners
Toronto Toros - came from Ottawa, moved to Birmingham
Toronto
Toros
Vancouver Blazers - formerly Philadelphia - moved to Calgary.
Vancouver
Blazers
Winnipeg Jets - moved to NHL.
Winnipeg
Jets



Over the course of the WHA's 7 year history, several cities were granted franchises, but for one reason or another never played a single game ...



Miami Screaming Eagles: Intended to be one of the 12 charter cities, the league pulled out and placed the team in Philadelphia, where they were the Blazers for one year, then moved to Vancouver for 2 and finally Calgary as the Cowboys, where they folded after the '76-77 season.
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San Fransisco Sharks: Intended to be one of the 12 inaugural franchises, they were owned by league co-founders David Murphy and Gary Davidson, but when it was decided California wouldn't support two teams, the club was sold and moved to Quebec City where they became Les Nordiques, who were one of 4 teams granted entry into the NHL. The Los Angeles Aces meanwhile took the name 'Sharks' instead for the start of the '72-'73 inaugural season. The Bay Area finally got a team two years laters , when the Raiders/Golden Blades/Knights moved to San Diego for 3 seasons.

Calgary Broncos: Originally intended as one of the 12 charter cities, the team was relocated to Cleveland as the Crusaders, where they played for the first 4 seasons, after which they moved to St Paul and became the second incarnation of the Fighting Saints, where they folded in the middle of their first season. The city of Calgary played host to one half of the Alberta Oilers' first year (including a playoff loss). They finally received a team of their own in '75, when the Blazers fizzled in both Philadelphia and Vancouver and became the Calgary Cowboys until folding 2 seasons later. Interestingly, Calgary only went two seasons after that without hockey, as the NHL's Atlanta Flames were transplanted for the '80 - '81 season, the year after the WHA - NHL merger.

Dayton Arrows: Originally intended as one of the 12 charter cities, the team was moved to Houston and renamed the Aeros and was one of the league's strongest clubs, but folded after the '77-'78 season, one year shy of probably being included in the NHL/WHA merger.

Florida Breakers: The WHA's second failed attempt at putting a team in Florida, This one was intended for Ft. Lauderdale, and the new home for the Cleveland Crusaders for the '76-'77 season. When a deal on a building fell through, they moved to Minnesota instead as the second incarnation as the Fighting Saints, where they lasted all of 42 games there.

Melbourne (no team name):The league's final attempt at putting professional hockey in Florida, it was originally intended to be placed in Melbourne as the new home for the San Diego Mariners for the '77-'78 season. The deal fell through and the team finally folded after four incarnations (Raiders/Golden Blades/Knights/Mariners). The state of Florida never did ice a WHA club.

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