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09-02-2013, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
But there is no doubt that by 1972 players didn't HAVE to work in the summer, or at least once the WHA started.
Ya, certainly by late 71-72 there was absolutely crazy money being thrown around by the WHA in trying to kick-start their new league, the Hull contract of course & his exclusion from Team Canada 72 that resulted from his signing with Winnipeg. Later the legal challenge to the NHL draft age of eligibility from Ken Linesman. Player Wars. It was a fascinating era, time, especially if you were a player as all of a sudden new options appeared. Rewards finally for guys who had toiled in the minors for years & instant gratification for talented players of 18 who previously werent even eligible until 20, very serious coin being offered to leave junior, go play in the WHA. Like winning the lottery. Apprenticeship over early. Some classic cases of crash & burn. Too much too soon.

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