The World Hockey Association Hall of Fame is an independent organization of hockey historians, journalists and former WHA coaches, players and management who are dedicated to honoring the 1972-1979 major league.
After several years of WHA reunions, public events and media productions, WHA Hall of Fame president & founder Timothy Gassen assembled in the summer of 2009 an Advisory Board of former WHA coaches, players, management and other prominent hockey historians. They helped to create an induction ballot for the WHA HOF, and to shape the plans for our museum exhibits. We also approached founding members of the original WHA and received their support for our efforts and acquisition of WHA materials.
The ballot draft created from the WHA Advisory Board was reviewed by the president of The International Hockey Hall of Fame, members of The Society for International Hockey Research, and other hockey historians. The induction ballot was distributed to invited hockey notables, media members, and former WHA players and personnel for voting. The voting was completed in 2010, with the results announced HERE. (A supplemental induction was also implemented in 2012.)
We are proud to be an official museum partner of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum, where our permanent WHA HOF museum display exists. Along with the development of physical museum displays, this Web site will also grow to include multi-media resources as the electronic version of the WHA HOF. Check back often to see our new additions!
We also stress that we welcome the further input from other notable hockey people and those who played, coached and managed in the original 1972-1979 World Hockey Association. Please contact us to become involved! ____________________________________________________________________
WHA HOF ADVISORY BOARD:
Timothy Gassen — president & founder, WHA HOF
A journalist and filmmaker with more than three decades of professional media experience, Mr. Gassen has authored and edited WHA books, directed the
new 6-DVD WHA Hall of Fame DVD and Blu-ray series, and produced new WHA documentaries. Mr. Gassen curated the official WHA HOF museum display at the USHHoF Museum, and also writes for InsideHockey magazine and publications globally while heading his own multi-media & video company. He grew up in Indianapolis, intently following his WHA Racers. Mr. Gassen resides in Tucson, Arizona.
Jacques Demers — WHA Coach & Canadian Senator
Mr. Demers graciously says he owes his career in hockey to the opportunity given to him by the WHA. He coached in the WHA for Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Quebec — and then went on to capture the Stanley Cup. Mr. Demers was appointed to the Canadian Senate by the Prime Minister in 2009. He resides in Montreal, Quebec.
Howard Baldwin — WHA president, owner of WHA New England Whalers
Mr. Baldwin was instrumental in getting the WHA off the ground in 1972, and also vital in keeping it operating over its entire seven-year existance. He led the New England Whalers and as WHA league president was the major personality that made the 1979 WHA-NHL merger a reality. Mr. Baldwin is also notable as a Hollywood film producer, including the recent WHA Aeros-Gordie Howe television film. The WHA HOF is delighted to have such a distinguished and significant WHA-er involved with our Advisory Board.
Anders Hedberg — WHA All-Star
Mr. Hedberg is one of the finest hockey players of his era, and was an anchor of the famous WHA Winnipeg Jets "Hot Line" with Ulf Nilsson and Bobby Hull from 1974-1978. He has served as GM of Team Sweden, and has had a long career with various major league teams, both on and off the ice. Mr. Hedberg is currently the head of European scouting for the New York Rangers, and resides in his native Sweden.
Pat Stapleton — WHA All-Star, Coach & Chicago Cougars co-owner
Mr. Stapleton is one of the finest defensemen ever to play hockey. A member of the legendary Team Canada teams of 1972 and 1974, he also took two separate teams from Chicago to major league finals. He also anchored WHA teams in Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Mr. Stapleton resides in Ontario. (Pictured at the top right of this page is Mr. Gassen, left, and Mr. Stapleton, right.)
Jack Stanfield — WHA Player & WHA Houston Aeros VP
Mr. Stanfield joined the Houston Aeros front office after his WHA playing career ended, and has been a longtime Vice President of the Fox Sports television network — still in Houston. Mr. Stanfield remains prominent in the sports broadcasting industry, is dedicated to the historical significance of the WHA, and we are delighted to have such an accomplished member on our Advisory Board.
Bob Lamey — Broadcasting Hall of Fame, WHA broadcaster
Mr. Lamey was the original radio voice of the Indianapolis Racers, and has gone on to be the voice of the NBA Indiana Pacers, the Indianapolis 500 auto race, and for the past 25 years the voice of the NFL Indianapolis Colts. Mr. Lamey resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jeff Marek — Rogers Sportsnet
Mr. Marek is a renowned hockey expert, with a special interest in hockey history. A member of the Society for International Hockey Research, Mr. Marek previously hosted the radio side of the legendary Hockey Night in Canada broadcast for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Mr. Marek now broadcasts for Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto, Ontario.
Jim Dorey — WHA All-Star
Mr. Dorey was a defensive mainstay of the New England Whalers, Toronto Toros and Quebec Nordiques of the WHA, hoisting the WHA championship trophy in both 1973 and 1977. Today he is a prominent businessman in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
Brian Costello — The Hockey News senior editor
Mr. Costello is a longtime writer and editor at The Hockey News and heads up special issues for that essential hockey bible. He also has first-hand memories of the WHA Calgary Cowboys as he was born and raised in Calgary. Mr. Costello now resides in Toronto, Ontario.
Scott Surgent — WHA historian & author
Mr. Surgent is perhaps the most knowledgeable author in the world concerning the WHA. His Complete Statistical Guide to the WHA is in its ninth printing, and it is the essential tome for the league. Mr. Surgent resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Curtis Walker — WHA historian & author
Mr. Walker is a meticulous and dedicated hockey historian and author. He has spent years completing an exhaustively researched book on the WHA Winnipeg Jets that is published by the WHA Hall of Fame. Mr. Walker, appropriately, is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is also the official statistician for the WHA Hall of Fame.
Jim Farmer — WHA historian
Mr. Farmer is president and founder of the Society for Cincinnati Sports Research, member of the Society for International Hockey Research, and is archivist and webmaster of the Cincinnati Hockey Hall of Fame. Mr. Farmer is an authority on the WHA Cincinnati Stingers, and has been of great assistance to the WHA Hall of Fame over the years.
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