SOURCE: World Hockey Association

June 04, 2007 12:03 ET

The World Hockey Association Reports the Montreal Nordiques Join the WHA Junior A Hockey League as Part of Its New Eastern Division

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - The World Hockey Association (PINKSHEETS: WHKA) reported this morning that the Montreal Nordiques have joined the WHA Junior A League's Eastern Division as its newest franchise for the upcoming 2007-2008 season.

"This is a great day for twenty (20) young hockey players between the ages of 15-20 who will have the opportunity to become a part of history," said the Nordiques' team owner Gary Gaul.

The Montreal Nordiques are expected to be one of at least seven to nine new franchises in the WHA's newly established Eastern Division. WHA league officials anticipate the WHA will have up to three franchises in and around Montreal, one in Quebec City, and three to five more located in the Northeastern United States.

WHA CEO Ricky Smith commented, "The Montreal Nordiques embody the essence of what the WHA Junior A League is all about; developing great student athletes and preparing them to become productive members of society. Having a quality program with great ownership will benefit not only the WHA but all the student athletes involved with the league and the Montreal organization."

An official press conference will take place at the Quality Suites Hotel in Pointe-Claire, located at 6300 Trans-Canada Highway in late June 2007. The Montreal Nordiques owner Gary Gaul and defensemen Michael Oldrich, will represent the Nordiques Franchise at the press conference. Ricky Smith, CEO of the World Hockey Association, WHA Junior A League officials, and former WHA greats will be in attendance representing the WHA. A highlight of the press conference is expected to find the Nordiques announcing their season plans and revealing their home and away jerseys.

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About the World Hockey Association:

The World Hockey Association created the WHA Hockey League to promote the sport of hockey. The WHA Hockey League is the successful combination of hockey and education & will create opportunities for the talented student athletes 15-20 years of age to showcase their skills in a highly competitive environment.

The WHA is staffed and operated by committed career professionals and hockey legends such as WHA League Commissioner Bobby Hull, Managing Director of Hockey Operations, Butch Goring, Head Coach and General Manager of the 2006-2007 WHA Season Champion New West Minster Whalers, Garry Unger and WHA Advisory Board Members Brad Park and Terry O'Reilly.

The single most important element of the WHA is the successful combination of hockey and education. Players in the WHA are expected to treat their academic education as a priority equal to their athletic development. Each team is expected to combine a high level of competition with a commitment to education.

With a schedule of more than 50 games, practice time, off-ice conditioning and public appearances, players should be well prepared for their next level of hockey, whether it is at the college, university, or professional level.

The 2007-2008 season will feature a transformation to Junior A Hockey and a significant expansion. The result will find the WHA firmly established in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and the Northwestern United States.

Philosophy of the WHA Junior Hockey League

The WHA Junior A Hockey League is expected to become the pinnacle of the skill development program. WHA Junior Hockey is for players who seek a greater or difficult challenge than that which might be available through their, high school varsity or club team, area midget or other junior teams.

The principal purpose of the WHA junior development program is to prepare the athlete for career advancement either in a collegiate or professional opportunity. This objective can be accomplished by virtue of the following:

1) By providing considerable training time and quality coaching.
2) By providing players with a healthy, constructive environment
   in which to develop socially.
3) By providing assistance and opportunities for the accomplishment
   of the participant's educational goals.
In short, the WHA works to provide players with exposure to collegiate recruiters and professional scouts, and to encourage educational advancement.

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As a listed company on the Over-The-Counter Pink Sheets our mission is to provide a financially sound economic model that is responsible to WHA investors, coaches and staff, and the junior hockey players participating on each team. Fan satisfaction is a primary consideration in our decision making process

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Contact Information

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    Ricky Smith
    989-794-6444