For Immediate Release
September 10, 2012
World Hockey Association Hall of Fame
celebrates 40th anniversary
with new books, films & museum partnerships
The United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, home of the WHA HOF display.
Tucson, AZ – The World Hockey Association Hall of Fame, which honors the 1972-1979 major hockey league, announced today new events and media releases to celebrate the WHA’s 40th anniversary.
On October 11, 2012 – the exact 40th anniversary of the league’s first game – The WHA Hall of Fame will debut a new museum exhibit at the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Eveleth, Minnesota. The new display will celebrate the WHA and how the league created major league opportunities for American players and American hockey markets.
"We are delighted to be part of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum," WHA Hall of Fame president Timothy Gassen says. "The WHA was created by Americans and the league has been instrumental in the evolution of American hockey. We are thankful that the WHA will be featured at the national shrine for American hockey."
The WHA Hall of Fame is also proud to announce that it has partnered with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and together they are working toward the creation of an exhibit highlighting the World Hockey Association’s contribution to the Canadian development of major league hockey. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is located in a majestic new facility at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.
“We are excited to work with Canada’s national museum of sport,” continues Gassen. “Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is one of North America’s most prestigious halls of fame, and we are honored to celebrate with them Canada’s essential contribution to hockey and the World Hockey Association.” Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame has collected more than 95,000 artifacts celebrating Canada’s sports legends.
"We are pleased to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the World Hockey Association and the great Canadian athletes who played in the WHA and contributed to building hockey in Canada," says Mario Siciliano, president and CEO of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
See more information about the WHA HOF exhibits.
New media releases also highlight the WHA Hall of Fame's 40th anniversary celebrations:
The hard-cover book, " The World Hockey Association Hall of Fame: a photographic history of the rebel league 1972-1979," will see release on October 1 from St. Johann Press of Haworth, New Jersey. The 120-page color large format book features hundreds of previously unpublished action photos, year-by-year league statistics and stunning shots of WHA stars Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull.
Written by WHA Hall of Fame president Timothy Gassen, the hardcover book also features a foreword by Howard Baldwin, former president of the WHA and owner of the New England Whalers.
The WHA Hall of Fame has also been signed as official Technical Advisors for the new dramatic film " Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story," which is currently in production. The film follows Gordie Howe’s triumphant return to major league hockey with the WHA Houston Aeros and their 1973-1974 championship season. The film will debut in 2013, and the WHA Hall of Fame is providing its historical expertise and media materials to the production.
The WHA Hall of Fame’s own new video documentary," WHA Dynasty: The Winnipeg Hot Line," will also see debut soon. The 30-minute film features interviews and vintage action of Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson of the WHA Winnipeg Jets’ 1970s "Hot Line." The trio forged a revolutionary blend of North American and European hockey styles, and was one of the most potent lines in hockey history.
"The Winnipeg Hot Line" will join the WHA Hall of Fame’s 12 hours of exclusive documentary productions on a new Blu-ray Disc release slated for 2013. DVDs are also currently available for their exclusive documentaries at HERE.
The United States Hockey Hall of Fame: www.ushockeyhall.com
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame: www.sportshall.ca
St. Johann Press: www.stjohannpress.com