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Old 10-14-2018, 06:40 PM   #1
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WHA Revival

What if the WHA came back?

The league will start in the 2018-19 season with 8 teams in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Quebec City, Albany, Worcester, Hamilton, and Indianapolis. There are no divisions, nor are there any conferences. Just 8 teams, and that's it (for now).

The 8 teams:

Baltimore Blades

This team never really got a chance to exist in the WHA... until now. They will play in the Royal Farms Arena.

Cincinnati Stingers

This team however, did exist from 1975 to the end of the old WHA in 1979. However, they didn't get to enter into the NHL when the merger happened. 38 years later, they're back! They'll play their home games in the US Bank Arena, where the old franchise played.

Cleveland Cardinals

This is yet another market that had an old WHA team. I chose not to revive the Crusaders name, but instead went on and named this team the Cardinals, because the cardinal is the state bird of Ohio. They'll play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.

Hamilton Panthers

Finally, a market the old WHA didn't tap into. The Hamilton Panthers will play their home games at FirstOntario Center in downtown Hamilton, sharing the venue with the Bulldogs of the OHL.

Albany Knights

Albany hasn't had a hockey team since Devils left for Binghamton before the 2017-18 AHL season. But now, hockey has come back to the capital of New York! They'll play their home games at Times Union Center in downtown Albany.

Indianapolis Racers

The team that started Wayne Gretzky has been resurrected! They're even using the original logo. Unfortunately, their original arena was demolished in 2001, so it's not a 100% resurrection. They'll play their home games at the new Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Quebec City Polar Bears

Finally the Videotron Centre has a tenant that might fill more than 1000 seats!

Worcester Bobcats

And lastly, WHA hockey is back in New England. But unfortunately, the Whalers aren't coming back. Instead, New England's WHA team will be placed in Worcester, the 2nd largest city in Massachusetts. They'll play their home games at the DCU Center.
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