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June 5, 1973

June 5, 1973 The Bruins lost their fifth player to the World Hockey Association as center Mike “Shakey” Walton signed with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. (If nothing else, the WHA had some great monikers for their teams.) Walton, 28, had 25 goals and 22 assists for the B’s in 1972-73. The Fighting Saints also signed Walton’s brother, Bob, 24, a Vancouver Canucks prospect. The younger Walton had 40 goals and 61 assists for Seattle of the Western League. Bruins GM Harry Sinden said he didn’t know Walton had defected to the WHA, saying he hadn’t heard from ...

May 3, 1973

May 3, 1973 Harry Sinden didn’t much like the World Hockey Association, for all the obvious reasons. Then the Quebec Nordiques signed Jacques Plante to a 10-year, million-dollar contract to serve as their coach and general manager. Since Sinden and the Bruins traded for Plante from the Blues late in the 1972-73 season, he really, really  didn’t like the WHA. It probably wasn’t wise to invite Sinden and Plante to the same party, either. Plante appeared in eight regular-season games and two playoff games for the Bruins. And while he went to the sidelines for the Nordiques, ...

Feb. 10, 1973

Feb. 10, 1973 Boston Garden was a busy place in 1973. The Bruins and Celtics were joined by the Braves (the B's AHL club) and the the New England Whalers of the fledgling World Hockey Association. The WHA harbored sweet dreams that it would one day rival the NHL. Ultimately, those dreams were delusions of grandeur. And while it lasted seven seasons, the Bruins certainly never considered the Whalers much of a threat to their empire, which still featured Bobby Orr as the face of the franchise. So they were quite happy with the Whalers coming on ...

Oct. 13, 1972

Oct. 13, 1972 Kids, ask someone a lot older than you if they remember the New England Whalers. Then ask them what league they played in. If they don't come up with the World Hockey Association within a few seconds, don't blame them; the WHA only lasted seven seasons. But the WHA did leave behind a few teams to join the National Hockey League, including the Whalers, who eventually moved to Hartford, and eventually moved to Carolina and became the Panthers. But on this night, they began with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Blazers before a ...

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