World Hockey Association Hall of Fame

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WHA Hall of Fame
Established2009
Location801 Hat Trick Avenue, Eveleth, Minnesota
FounderTimothy Gassen
Inductees30 Players
4 coaches
6 Builders
1 On-ice officials
10 Legends of the Game
4 The Howe Family
55 total

The World Hockey Association Hall of Fame is an independent organization dedicated to honoring the World Hockey Association (WHA) which operated from 1972 to 1979 as a major professional ice hockey league.[1][2]

Officially partnered with the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, the WHA Hall of Fame permanent museum displays are located within the United States Hall of Fame museum in Eveleth, Minnesota,[3] with touring displays made available to be viewed at select locations and for special events.[4]

Ballots and voting[edit]

In 2009, the voting ballot, which had been reviewed by members of the Society for International Hockey Research and the president of the International Hockey Hall of Fame, was distributed to former WHA players and personnel, media members, and invited hockey notables.[5] All WHA veterans were eligible for induction.

The inaugural members of the WHA Hall of Fame were announced in 2010, with 41 indivividual members, plus The Howe Family (Gordie, Marty, Mark, and Colleen Howe who were inducted as a family), making up the initial group of inductees. Eight additional individual members were inducted in 2012. The Hall of Fame also includes ten individuals as "Legends of the Game" who are included in recognition of their "significant contributions or career start in the WHA".[6]

List of members of the WHA Hall of Fame[edit]

Name Category Year elected
Serge Bernier Forward 2010
Christian Bordeleau Forward 2012
Robbie Ftorek Forward 2010
Anders Hedberg Forward 2010
Bobby Hull Forward 2010
Andre Lacroix Forward 2010
Danny Lawson Forward 2010
Rich Leduc Forward 2012
Larry Lund Forward 2012
Ulf Nilsson Forward 2010
Kent Nilsson Forward 2010
Terry Ruskowski Forward 2010
Marc Tardif Forward 2010
Mike Walton Forward 2010
Tom Webster Forward 2012
Ted Green Defenceman 2010
Al Hamilton Defenceman 2010
Ron Plumb Defenceman 2010
Rick Ley Defenceman 2010
Paul Shmyr Defenceman 2010
Lars-Erik Sjoberg Defenceman 2010
Pat Stapleton Defenceman 2010
J. C. Tremblay Defenceman 2010
Richard Brodeur Goaltender 2010
Gerry Cheevers Goaltender 2010
Joe Daley Goaltender 2010
Ron Grahame Goaltender 2010
Al Smith Goaltender 2010
Ernie Wakely Goaltender 2010
Jacques Demers Coach 2010
Bill Dineen Coach 2010
Jack Kelley Coach 2010
Harry Neale Coach 2010
Howard Baldwin Builder 2010
John F. Bassett Builder 2010
Gary Davidson Builder 2010
Ben Hatskin Builder 2010
Bill Hunter Builder 2010
Dennis Murphy Builder 2010
Bill Friday Referee 2012
Mike Gartner Legend 2012
Michel Goulet Legend 2012
Wayne Gretzky Legend 2010
Dave Keon Legend 2010
Rod Langway Legend 2012
Frank Mahovlich Legend 2010
John McKenzie Legend 2010
Mark Messier Legend 2010
Jacques Plante Legend 2010
Glen Sather Legend 2010
Gordie Howe The Howe Family 2010
Mark Howe The Howe Family 2010
Marty Howe The Howe Family 2010
Colleen Howe The Howe Family 2010

Further reading[edit]

  • Gassen, Timothy (2012). The World Hockey Association Hall of Fame: A photographic history of the rebel league, 1972-1979. Haworth, New Jersey: St. Jojann Press. ISBN 9781937943042.

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