SOURCE: World Hockey Association

May 22, 2007 09:00 ET

The World Hockey Association Announces the Appointment of Butch Goring as Managing Director of Hockey Operations for the WHA

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2007 -- The World Hockey Association (PINKSHEETS: WHKA) announced this morning that Butch Goring has been appointed as Managing Director of Hockey Operations for the WHA Hockey League. His appointment is expected to be effective immediately.

Mr. Goring, considered to be one of the legends of hockey, is a former player for the Los Angeles Kings, the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders and served as head coach for the Islanders for two years. Goring has also coached for the Boston Bruins, the Spokane Chiefs and the Anchorage Aces. His extensive management experience extends from the NHL to the AHL, the WHL, the IHL, and the WCHL, but he is often best remembered as being instrumental in helping the New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup four times while playing for the franchise during the 1980s.

WHA CEO Ricky Smith commented, "Butch Goring brings to the WHA a level of experience and expertise which would be hard to find in anyone other than him. He has had a blue ribbon hockey career and we are so pleased that he has joined our effort to produce a top shelf product here at the WHA."

Smith added, "The WHA is going to be much larger next season than it was last year and we needed someone with the organizational skills and winning attitude that Butch carries with him every step he takes throughout the day."

Smith continued, "In the 1970s, Butch was offered one million dollars to play for the Edmonton Oilers who at that time were part of the old WHA and he turned it down. Now he has decided to join the new WHA and we are honored to have him. We expect his contribution will help us to accomplish our vision of making the WHA the premier Junior A Hockey League in North America. The WHA now has a four-time Stanley Cup winner on its management staff. What can you say to top that?"

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 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 planned 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 and university level, or as a professional.

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, and the Northwestern United States.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors affecting the company's operations, markets, products and prices and other factors discussed in the company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The World Hockey Association cannot be responsible for the statements or actions of John D Briner, The Briner Group or Global Developments, Inc.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Ricky Smith
    989-794-6444