New pro hockey league to start next fall

New pro hockey league to start next fall

Post by Gary L Da » Mon, 18 Feb 1991 05:04:23


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>    ST. PAUL, Minn. (UPI) -- The National Hockey League will be
>looking over its shoulder next fall with the announcement Friday of
>a new pro hockey league that will compete on an international scale.
>    Bill Hunter, who helped foster the now-defunct World Hockey
>Association, will head up the newly formed Continental Hockey
>Association.

So this is the mysterious third league that my brother told me
about last autumn in Winnipeg; no sign of Ted Turner and a TBS/
TNT deal centred around his own franchise.  Oh well.

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>    Hunter was instrumental in getting the now-defunct WHA
>off the ground in the 1970s.

I would take this guy more seriously than the Global HL, who only
have a trail of hotel and restaurant bills to show their investors.

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>    The new international league, which will include rule
>adjustments, is to begin play next fall.

Now, these will be interesting!

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>    The league hopes to have franchises in St. Paul, Minn.,
>Miami, Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., and Saskatoon. There also will be
>a European division with teams in Barcelona, Milan, Vienna, Prague,
>Goteborg, Oslo and possibly Moscow.
>    However, only three franchises were announced Friday -- the
>St. Paul franchise, owned by a group of businessmen headed by Patrick
>O'Halloran Sr.; the Saskatoon club, owned principally by Saskatoon
>businessmen Charles Hodgins, R. Neil Kerr and Joe Remai; and a team
>owned by Richard Gerry of Long Island, N.Y., who is expected to put
>the club in a southeastern U.S. city.
>    Hodgins will serve as the chairman of the board, while Gerry
>will be the vice chairman, O'Halloran treasurer and Kerr the secretary.
>William Putnam of Pelham, N.H., a founder and former president of the
>Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Flames, was named executive director.

Well, this looks like a hobby that will take at least two seasons to
get off the ground, if at all.  However, they've not made any kind of
outrageous pronouncements like the GHL when Michael Gobuty (hey, you
Winnipeggers, remember him?) & Co. were doing their song and dance con
job.  The Europeans didn't bite then.  I don't know if they will this
time.  However, these guys do have track records and should be looked
at seriously; Gobuty was just riding on an expense account and a big
personal loan from Harold Ballard.

gld
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New pro hockey league to start next fall

Post by Gary L Da » Tue, 19 Feb 1991 11:21:08


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>>>    Bill Hunter, who helped foster the now-defunct World Hockey
>>>Association, will head up the newly formed Continental Hockey
>>>Association.
>>>    Hunter was instrumental in getting the now-defunct WHA
>>>off the ground in the 1970s.

>>I would take this guy more seriously than the Global HL, who only
>>have a trail of hotel and restaurant bills to show their investors.

>Isn't Bill Hunter the same guy who was trying to get S'toon an NHL
>franchise about 10 years ago - when he had an unsold pre-fab arena
>on his hands?  I'd love to see Saskatoon get pro hockey but this
>guy always struck me as a con artist.

In fact, he *bought* the Blues from Ralston-Purina (Checkerdome, get
it?) and was ready to move them as The Blues or as the 'Toonberries
(no kiddin'!)  but the sale was overturned by those paragons of the
free market, the NHL Board of Governors.  I've never heard about the
pre-fab arena aspect, so could you fill us in on this, Duncan?

I forgot which WHA franchise "Wild" Bill Hunter was involved with, but
my memory keeps pounding away with "Calgary Cowboys!" (Yeah, that was
"Cowboy" Bill Flett, a very grey Harry Howell, Ron Chipperfield, and
Don "Smokey" MacLeod with the big, curved goal stick and moves copied
by a very young and impressionable Ron Hextall back in Winnipeg ...)

gld
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New pro hockey league to start next fall

Post by Anders Engwa » Thu, 21 Feb 1991 19:23:13



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> >There also will be
> >a European division with teams in Barcelona, Milan, Vienna, Prague,
> >Goteborg, Oslo and possibly Moscow.

Some odd choices and non-choices here.

If memory serves me right, the spanish national team ended up at the very
bottom of pool D in last years World Championships. In other words,
Barcelona isn't exactly the first location you associate with pro hockey.
What next? A team in Mexico? :-)

Moscow would be an obvious location if it wasn't for economics and
politics; I don't think I have to elaborate further on this.

And no teams in neither Finland or Germany? Hmm...

/Anders
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New pro hockey league to start next fall

Post by Andrew Sco » Sun, 24 Feb 1991 01:45:44

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>>No way...their would have been no WHA if Bill Hunter wasn't around
>>and hockey fans in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Quebec City, and Calgary
>>would still be watching junior hockey.           ^^^^^^^
>  I hate to be picky, but Calgary was never part of the WHA. I don't think Bill
>Hunter had anything to do with them getting an NHL franchise.

Actually, they did have a WHA franchise that had folded, but your second
point deserves comment.  Indirectly, the WHA *was* responsible for the Flames
being transferred from Atlanta.  The feeling at the time was that Calgary
would be successful at the gate too, as the Oilers, Jets and Nordiques were
in their first year.  I don't think they would have had the chance had the
other three teams not tested the waters first.
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New pro hockey league to start next fall

Post by Robert Brought » Sun, 24 Feb 1991 00:09:38

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> > >There also will be
> > >a European division with teams in Barcelona, Milan, Vienna, Prague,
> > >Goteborg, Oslo and possibly Moscow.

> Some odd choices and non-choices here.

I agree. A new arena is scheduled to open next month in Oslo, which will have a
seating capacity of around 8,000. This will be Norway's largest indoor
facility, but this capacity is obviously far below the level necessary to
support a professional team.

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