The World Hockey Association

Books by Scott Surgent

 

 

The World Hockey Association burst onto the hockey scene in 1972, icing 12 teams and aiming to be the first true competitive major hockey league to challenge the National Hockey League since the 1920s. For seven seasons, the WHA managed to survive, by hook and by crook, often on the verge of utter collapse, before folding and having four of its teams absorbed into the NHL in 1979. Yet its legacy is profound, and it changed completely the landscape of professional hockey in North America. It was the first league to aggressively draft and sign American-born players, college players and European talent. Its wide-open style of play attracted fans and contrasted sharply with the NHL's conservative defensive game.

After the WHA's demise in 1979, nothing was written on the old league for many years, with the risk of the WHA becoming completely forgotten! Remember, this was the league that gave the hockey world Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Rod Langway, Michel Goulet and Mike Gartner, among the many who graduated to the NHL after the merger. In 1995, Scott Surgent wrote and published the first edition of The Complete ... World Hockey Association, which is now in its 10th edition (new for Fall 2015). This so-called "Big Book" is as complete a resource anywhere available on the WHA. In 2015, The World Hockey Association Fact Book, Second Edition was published as a smaller, more sleek and lower-priced verison of the big book. The Fact Book distills all the main themes of the big book, but includes features of its own, including year-by-year team thumbnails and a near complete photo gallery of all players who played in the WHA (Over 790 of the 807 are represented).

Two great books to choose from!
 
The Complete
World Hockey
Association, 10e

New 10th Edition, Fall 2015!

by Scott Surgent
List Price: $32 (USD)

527 pages
8.5 by 11 inches


"The Big Book!"

This is the "big" book, with the most complete information available anywhere on the WHA. The new 10th Edition (Fall 2015) features new formatting and much updating to pre-existing chapters. Features include:

• Complete game-by-game scores and running standings for each team for each season with player transactions, complete player and goaltender statistics, by season and by team, including secondary categories such as power-play goals, short-handed goals, shooting percentage, plus/minus rating, etc (Sample)
• History of the league from its inception to demise, and its after-effects on the NHL, post 1979
• Team Chronologies (Sample)
• Complete standings, playoff results and game summaries for the championship AVCO Cup finals (Sample)
NEW Game by game line scores with scoring by period, shots on goal, goaltenders, and goal scorers (Sample)
• Complete player and goaltender register with biographical information (Sample)
• Intraleague Records (Sample)
• Splits, All-Star Games and All-Star Teams, Attendance Figures (Sample)
• Over 400 player and coaches headshots,
• Complete draft lists including the 1972 General Player Draft (Sample)
EXPANDED Detailed accounts of the WHA against international competition, including the 1974 USSR series (Sample)
EXPANDED Game summaries to many significant games (Sample)
• Complete coaches statistics and registers
NEW List of first goals scored by all players, by date (Sample)
• Anecdotal stories
• And Much, Much More!!

 
The World Hockey
Association Fact Book,
Second Edition

New 2nd Edition, Fall 2015!

by Scott Surgent
List Price: $20 (USD)

390 pages
6 by 9 inches


"For the Road!"

This compactly-sized 6 by 9 inch book distills the main themes and information from the big book in a smaller, more convenient format. Features include:

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• History of the league from its inception to demise,
• Standings, playoff results and game summaries for the championship AVCO Cup finals (Sample),
NEW Game scores, with goals by periods, ordered by date (Sample),
NEW Overtime goals (Sample),
• Team thumbnails for each season,
• Player and goaltender statistics, by season and by team, (Sample)
• Complete player and goaltender register, (Sample)
• Over 900 player and coaches headshots (over 790 of the 807 players, all 50 non-interim coaches, all principal team owners, league executives, principal players of the 1974 USSR team, and more) (Sample)
NEW All-time scoring by franchise (Sample)
• Complete draft lists including the 1972 General Player Draft (Sample),
• Detailed accounts of the WHA against international competition, including the 1974 USSR series (Sample),
EXPANDED Game summaries to many significant games (Sample),
• Complete coaches statistics and registers, (Sample)
• Player transaction lists, (Sample)
• Anecdotal stories

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Updated Nov 6, 2015
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