The World Hockey Association began play in 1972-73 as a 12-team rival of the 56-year-old NHL. The WHA played for the AVCO World Trophy in its seven playoff finals (Avco Financial Services underwrote the playoffs).
Multiple winners: Winnipeg (3); Houston (2).
|Year ||Winner ||Head Coach ||Series ||Loser ||Head Coach|
|1973 ||New England Whalers ||Jack Kelley ||4-1 (WWLWW) ||Winnipeg Jets ||Bobby Hull|
|1974 ||Houston Aeros ||Bill Dineen ||4-0 ||Chicago Cougars ||Pat Stapleton|
|1975 ||Houston Aeros ||Bill Dineen ||4-0 ||Quebec Nordiques ||Jean-Guy Gendron|
|1976 ||Winnipeg Jets ||Bobby Kromm ||4-0 ||Houston Aeros ||Bill Dineen|
|1977 ||Quebec Nordiques ||Marc Boileau ||4-3 (LWLWWLW) ||Winnipeg Jets ||Bobby Kromm|
|1978 ||Winnipeg Jets ||Larry Hillman ||4-0 ||NE Whalers ||Harry Neale|
|1979 ||Winnipeg Jets ||Larry Hillman ||4-2 (WWLWLW) ||Edmonton Oilers ||Glen Sather|
Playoff MVPs-1973-No award; 1974-No award; 1975-Ron Grahame, Houston, G; 1976-Ulf Nilsson, Winnipeg, C; 1977-Serg Bernier, Quebec, C; 1978-Bobby Guindon, Winnipeg, C; 1979-Rich Preston, Winnipeg, RW.
WHA All-Star Game
The WHA All-Star Game was an Eastern Division vs Western Division contest from 1973-75. In 1976, the league's five Canadian-based teams played the nine teams in the US. Over the final three seasons-East played West in 1977; AVCO Cup champion Quebec played a WHA All-Star team in 1978; and in 1979, a full WHA All-Star team played a three-game series with Moscow Dynamo of the Soviet Union.
|Year ||Result ||Host ||Coaches ||Most Valuable Player|
|1973 ||East 6, West 2 ||Quebec ||Jack Kelley, Bobby Hull ||Wayne Carleton, Ottawa|
|1974 ||East 8, West 4 ||St. Paul, MN ||Jack Kelley, Bobby Hull ||Mike Walton, Minnesota|
|1975 ||West 6, East 4 ||Edmonton ||Bill Dineen, Ron Ryan ||Rejean Houle, Quebec|
|1976 ||Canada 6, USA 1 ||Cleveland ||Jean-Guy Gendron, Bill Dineen ||Can-Real Cloutier, Que.|
| || || || ||USA-Paul Shmyr, Cleve.|
|1977 ||East 4, West 2 ||Hartford ||Jacques Demers, Bobby Kromm ||East-L. Levasseur, Min.|
| || || || ||West-W. Lindstrom, Win.|
|1978 ||Quebec 5, WHA 4 ||Quebec ||Marc Boileau, Bill Dineen ||Quebec-Marc Tardif|
| || || || ||WHA-Mark Howe, NE|
|1979 ||WHA def. Moscow Dynamo|
3 games to none (4-2, 4-2, 4-3)
|Edmonton ||Larry Hillman, P. Iburtovich ||No awards|