June 27, 1972 was one of The Most Important Days in Whalers History. The hockey world was stunned and forever changed as Bobby Hull leaves the NHL Chicago Blackhawks for the Winnipeg Jets of the renegade World Hockey Association.
Hull's decision effectively gave birth to the WHA and the Whalers franchise.
Pictured: (l-r) Whalers co-founder Bill Barnes, Hull, WHA President Gary Davidson, Whalers Founder Howard Baldwin. In front holding the Whalers sign - Brett Hull, who went on the score a few goals himself.
In 1973 Jack Ferreira is named assistant coach.
In 1973 Ron Ryan named Whalers head coach replacing Jack Kelley who remains as GM.