The World Hockey Association Hall of Fame
by Timothy Gassen
List Price: $39.95
Category: Sports History
Pub Date: September 14, 2012
Binding: Hard cover, 128 pages
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The World Hockey Association simply changed major league hockey forever.
Starting in 1972, a whopping 26 different teams eventually took the ice, with
New England, Québec, Winnipeg and Edmonton merging with the rival
National Hockey League in 1979.
The WHA also worked to evolve the game of hockey. It adopted regular season
overtime and a variety of rules designed to speed up the game, create scoring and
make hockey more attractive to new markets. Many of these evolutions have since
been adopted by the NHL — and widely hailed by players and fans.
The WHA also brought highly skilled European players and their speedy, swirling
European puck-control style to North American major league hockey. The World
Hockey Association pushed forward the game of hockey. We honor the players,
coaches and management who made it possible, and salute their
contributions to the evolution of the game.
Timothy Gassen is president of the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame, and
an acknowledged expert on the history of the WHA. He has written, produced
and directed numerous WHA video documentaries that are
available as the multi-disc WHA Hall of Fame DVD series.
His previous book on the WHA, “Red, White & Blues: a personal history of
Indianapolis Racers hockey 1974-1979” was published in 2007, with a revised
edition published by St. Johann Press as “Positive Waves: A History of
Indianapolis Racers Hockey 1974-1979.”
Gassen has worked professionally as a journalist and filmmaker since 1979. In 1995
he won an Arizona Press Club Award for his hockey coverage, and he’s served as a
college hockey radio play-by-play man and team media director. He has also been a
longtime columnist for InsideHockey Magazine. This is his fourth book.
Visit the author’s company web site at www.purple-cactus.tv