SOURCE: World Hockey Association

March 27, 2007 09:30 ET

The World Hockey Association Snares Two More Teams in Alberta Province -- Also, League Commissioner Bobby Hull Releases National Alliance Cup Series Information

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- The World Hockey Association (PINKSHEETS: WHKA) revealed today that two more ownership groups from the Canadian Province of Alberta have submitted WHA expansion franchise forms for teams planned to be included in the 2007-2008 WHA hockey season.

Assuming the two teams are approved by WHA officials, the league will have three new Alberta Province teams currently committed to play during the upcoming 2007-2008 season.

Earlier last week it was confirmed that an Edmonton area ownership group's team had been approved as the first Alberta franchise. At approximately the same time, WHA representatives announced it had received four new expansion form applications from a combination of new and existing teams from the USA in the Washington State area.

Officials stated that discussions are ongoing with additional prospective ownership groups in Alberta and British Columbia to complete the task of expanding the number of organizations under the umbrella of The World Hockey Association from six to sixteen teams.

In additional developments today, League Commissioner Bobby Hull released information on The National Alliance Cup Series slated for play this weekend. The series will find the WHA Champion New West Minster Whalers coached by former NHL St Louis Blues great Gary Unger challenging Ontario's GMHL Jr. A Champion, the Bradford Rattlers.

Last January, GMHL President Bob Russell announced the GMHL had affiliated with the World Hockey Association with the express intent of creating National Championship play in an East meets West format pitting the Champion of Ontario's GMHL against the Champion of British Columbia's WHA.

Plans call for the National Championship Alliance Cup to alternate each year between the GMHL's "eastern" Ontario location and one of the WHA's "western" locations of British Columbia, Alberta or Washington State in the USA.

This year, the series will be played in Ontario at the home rink of the Bradford Rattlers, Bob Fallis Arena. Game times are on Friday, March 30th at 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 31st, at 1:30 PM and Sunday, April 1st at 6:30 PM.

WHKA CEO Ricky Smith commented, "What can I say? Due to our much publicized problems with our former finance partners, many had counted us out. Negative press speculated quite wrongly that we may not even be able to finish our season. Now our detractors can see that not only are we not out, but the WHA is no longer even down. It is truly a testament to the quality of people we have involved in our organization that we are now successfully expanding the WHA to more than twice its previous size and at the same time, playing this exciting National Championship series against the Jr. A GMHL champion Bradford Rattlers."

Smith added, "I want to publicly thank Commissioner Bobby Hull and Coach Gary Unger as well as advisory board members Terry O'Reilly and Brad Park for all the hard work they put into this season to make the WHA the most talked about new hockey league in years. I am also very thankful for all the tireless effort put forth by the rest of our staff and volunteers. As the years pass, I am sure we will all be able to look back on the very tough and trying circumstances we faced as a blessing in disguise. It all prompted the WHA to stand up in the face of adversity and fight to win. We have shown who we are and we are not quitters. Just as we try to teach our young men to never quit on the ice, we have never quit in our commitment to give them a great hockey and life experience."

About the World Hockey Association:

The WHA created the WHA Junior West Hockey League to promote the sport of hockey. The Junior West Hockey League is an alternative, community-based league for highly skilled junior players, and is designed to promote high standards of sportsmanship in hockey. The 2007-2008 season will feature an expansion from six to 16 teams and will see 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.

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