SOURCE: World Hockey Association

May 23, 2007 09:15 ET

The World Hockey Association Announces the HNM Jr A Canadians and the Quebec Gladiators Join the WHA as Part of Its New Eastern Division

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2007 -- The World Hockey Association (PINKSHEETS: WHKA) confirmed this morning that it has created a new Eastern Division in the Canadian Province of Quebec and that two of Quebec's successful Junior Hockey franchises have joined the WHA.

The company disclosed the creation of its new Eastern Division was an integral part of its ultimate goal to operate a Hockey Association which will fully span from the eastern coasts to the western coasts of Canada and the United States of America.

The WHA reported the league is very pleased that two established and successful hockey franchises in the Quebec Province, the HNM Jr A Canadians & the Quebec Gladiators, have been accepted by WHA League officials as the first two teams to become a part of its new Eastern Division.

The HNM Jr A Canadians are located in the city of Montreal and the Quebec Gladiators are located in Quebec City. The two franchises operate full hockey programs including summer development camps for a variety of age groups. The HNM Jr A Canadians, for example, have been in existence since 2002 and help develop and promote players to the college and professional levels. For more information on the franchises, see www.hnmjracanadians.com

WHKA CEO Ricky Smith stated, "As many of you are now aware, Bobby Hull, Garry Unger and I have planned from the very beginning for the WHA to become a coast to coast Junior A League. Of course, all of this means we will most likely end up with more than 16 teams for the coming season.

"The decisions of two proven winners, like the HNM Jr A Canadians and the Quebec Gladiators to join the World Hockey Association have made it possible to form a new Eastern Division this year instead of next. Both franchises are of extremely high caliber in their operational talent and organizational structures. We anticipate that we should be able to announce additional teams for this new division as well as our other new divisions very soon."

Smith added, "Our Junior A hockey plan is now in the midst of its fulfillment and the two Quebec Province franchises which have now become a part of the WHA are indicative of the quality of teams we expect will be the standard for our hockey league. As the months and years progress, we fully expect the WHA to have a presence in all of the Provinces of Canada and to stretch across the Northern States of the USA."

Smith continued, "We wish to assure our shareholders that the personnel will be in place to deal with a much larger WHA. We should be at least three to four times the size we were in the 2006-2007 season and yesterday's announcement that Butch Goring has now joined us should indicate that we are prepared to handle the challenge our larger size creates."

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 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, Quebec 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.

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Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Ricky Smith
    989-794-6444