Description: This Harpoon (i.e.
the Official Magazine of the New England Whalers) WHA (World Hockey
Association) historically important hockey program is scored and scored
correctly with nearly complete game information which is not available anywhere
else on the Internet. This first year WHA game was played on December 2,
1972 at the Boston Garden and the New England Whalers in their lucky 24th game
of their inaugural season claimed their first victory over the Quebec Nordiques
by a score of 7-2. This would be their first win in a 6 game winning
streak. A ticket stub is neatly stapled directly below the penalty
Most importantly, Jean-Claude or J.C. Tremblay and Alain Caron both autographed on or by their pictures on page 31 in blue ballpoint ink. Besides Jacques Plante, J.C. Tremblay and Alain Caron were two of the first major name former NHL and WHA players to die—Tremblay in 1996 and Caron in 1986.
The front cover features an original painting of John French—ironic since they played the largely French speaking Quebec Nordiques. This program is in nice condition. The New England Whalers were the best team in the WHA during the 1972-73 season with a record of 46-30-2 and they breezed through the play-offs with a 12 victories in 15 games, winning the WHA Championship and the first AVCO Cup. The New England Whalers changed their name to the Hartford Whalers when they joined the NHL during the 1979-80 merger and later became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997-98. The 1972-73 WHA hockey season yielded the only Championship for the franchise until the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2005-06.
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