HORNBY: Scrappy WHA earned spot in pro hockey history

Toronto Sun
HORNBY: Scrappy WHA earned spot in pro hockey history
HORNBY: Scrappy WHA earned spot in pro hockey history

John Garrett laughs about his World Hockey Association pension cheques that still trickle in. “My beer money,” the 67-year-old former goaltender quips. But oh, the memories whenever he sips a pint and thinks of those days when the upstarts submarine'd the National Hockey League and had so much fun at it. And how 40 years ago this spring, peace was finally declared with a merger of 17 NHL clubs and the four WHA survivors — the Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques and Garrett's last team, the New England/Hartford Whalers. When the Jets skated off home ice celebrating their Avco Cup win on May 20, 1979 — a 7-3 series clincher over the Oilers — the WHA passed into history. “The WHA wanted

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