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Old 02-19-2005, 02:53 AM   #46
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Havent seen Horcoff play this season.
I have seen some stats that had Russia as the biggest importer of NHL players. They are mostly russian and tsech players.

Somebody mentioned Esa Tikkanen earlier. He´s now player/coach in (if I remember correcly) South Korea.

Just heard on the news. They are negotiating again. That would make for an extremely short season. Would be interesting to see how quickly they could start playing.
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Old 02-19-2005, 12:15 PM   #47
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Esa Tikkanen (my favorite player of all time) is playing in South Korea of all places.

Nobody understood Tikkanese here, in Finland, Sweden, Norway or Germany... how the hell are the Koreans gonna understand him?
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Old 02-19-2005, 01:37 PM   #48
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New World Hockey Association
The old World Hockey Association (WHA) merged into the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1979. But in 2003, Allan Howell and Dr. Nick Vaccaro announced the formation of the new World Hockey Association. Former WHA star Bobby Hull (the first major star to play in the old WHA) is its commissioner.

The new league may spawn many problems in the NHL, such as another franchise merger, as the Minnesota North Stars and Cleveland Barons did last time there was a rival league. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers (who played in the old WHA), and Phoenix Coyotes (the old WHA's Winnipeg Jets) are all possible teams for a merger, since they are all teetering on the brink of financial existence. Also, many players, such as the Philadelphia Flyers' Jeremy Roenick have considered the new league as an alternative to NHL hockey during the player lockout. The timing of the new WHA has led to accusations of vulture marketing by critics.

Some accepted cities, like Quebec City, had a WHA franchise in the 1970s. Fans are suggesting that those cities retain the old names. But problems may occur in this because some trademark owners may not approve use of the name or because the NHL owns the trademark (as in Quebec City's case). On August 27, it was announced (http://www.worldhockeyassociation.net/news/media_releases/media_082704.htm) that the Quebec city francise was terminated.

On July 17 and July 18, 2004, the league conducted a draft. Each of 8 teams drafted 30 NHL and AHL free agents and 30 entry-level players. Simon Gagne was the first player drafted. The teams participiating in the draft were:
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Old 02-20-2005, 07:51 AM   #49
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I'd love to see the WHA come back. The NHL is sick, and if it doesn't fix itself over the summer, it'd be best to kill it ASAP and pick up the pieces before next winter. The WHA was a pretty cool league and if it allows some small but devoted markets to get back into professional hockey (Quebec City, Winnipeg, etc) then go for it.
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