WHA Hall Of Fame ©®PCMP LLC

 

● large format 8.5" x 11"
paperback book

●Interview with
NY reporter Bill Verigan
on covering the WHA

● 296 B&W pages
with full color cover

●Feature stries reproduced
at full original size

● Introduction written
by Timothy Gassen,
president of the
WHA Hall of Fame


 
 
WHA GAMEDAY
1972-1979 game program stories from the archives
of the WHA Hall of Fame

Rest In Peace to the paper hockey game program.

For decades it was a ubiquitous game day companion for fans at pro hockey games,
but now it is sadly replaced by electronic team web pages or cellular phone updates.
Slowly, from the 1990s onward, the paper game programs were reduced in page
count, and then in physical size, and then in frequency of publication.

Then they were gone altogether.

Actual paper game programs once were king of the informational grapevine for
hockey fans. At their peak – in the golden age of 1970s major league hockey
expansion – they were full sized 8 ½” x 11” magazines, with color covers and 50-75
page interiors. They contained player rosters, and game schedules, action photos,
and statistics.

And feature stories. They had so many fascinating feature stories.

Paper game programs were especially vital promotional tools for the fledgling
1972-1979 World Hockey Association. They not only provided advertising income
for the home team, but they gave print space to include team-made feature stories
about favorite players, opponents, or the league itself.

While WHA teams each created different programs, with their own unique graphic
styles and editorial approach, many of them shared stories with each other. Often
a program would carry at least one feature about the home team and one for the
visiting squad – and then other teams would reprint those pieces throughout the
season in their own publications. For that reason in this book we do not identify
which specific team program the stories come from, since many times they would
eventually be used by most other WHA teams, too. The stories are presented
mostly in chronological order, from 1972-1979.

The WHA also printed their own promotional books and magazines, or created
them in close association with other publishers.  We have included here interesting
features from WHA-made season preview and review magazines, and international
game publications.

Together these feature story highlights from the 1972-1979 WHA era help paint a
more complete picture of the people who populated this unique major league.

It is those people – those colorful, talented, rambunctious people – who make the
World Hockey Association so memorable.

We are able to rember them now largely because of the late, great, paper hockey
game program.

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