WHA Jerseys

Check out our current selection of vintage WHA jerseys below. Home, away, authentic and replica jerseys available. S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL sizes with goalie jerseys and women's styles in stock. Find team sweaters from the Houston Aeros, New England Whalers, Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Cougars, Indianapolis Racers, Cleveland Crusaders, New York Raiders, Minnesota Fighting Saints and more:

MINNESOTA FIGHTING SAINTS throwback 1972 76 WHA hockey jersey 13 Unger Canada

MINNESOTA FIGHTING SAINTS throwback 1972 76 WHA hockey jersey 13 Unger Canada
$79.98

Gretzky Signed 1979 WHA All Star Jersey Mens XXL NWOT COA

Gretzky Signed 1979 WHA All Star Jersey Mens XXL NWOT COA
$450.00

INDIANAPOLIS RACERS WHA Replica Hockey Jersey Large

INDIANAPOLIS RACERS WHA Replica Hockey Jersey Large
$49.99

Early 1970s WHA Chicago Cougars Official Souvenir Hockey Jersey

Early 1970s WHA Chicago Cougars Official Souvenir Hockey Jersey
$155.68

LOS ANGELES SHARKS WHA Replica Hockey Jersey Large

LOS ANGELES SHARKS WHA Replica Hockey Jersey Large
$49.99

Cincinnati Stingers WHA hockey jersey mens L yellow NEW Made in USA

Cincinnati Stingers WHA hockey jersey mens L yellow NEW Made in USA
$109.99

WAYNE GRETZKY Indianapolis Racers K1 1978 WHA Vintage Throwback Hockey Jersey

WAYNE GRETZKY Indianapolis Racers K1 1978 WHA Vintage Throwback Hockey Jersey
$199.95

NEW WHA CHARLOTTE HOCKEY JERSEY XL 52 HEAVY ALL SEWN  EMBROIDERED RARE VERSION

NEW WHA CHARLOTTE HOCKEY JERSEY XL 52 HEAVY ALL SEWN EMBROIDERED RARE VERSION
$99.99

ORLANDO SEALS WHA2 2003 04 BLUE AUTHENTIC HOCKEY JERSEY sz 2XL

ORLANDO SEALS WHA2 2003 04 BLUE AUTHENTIC HOCKEY JERSEY sz 2XL
$60.04

WAYNE GRETZKY INDIANAPOLIS RACERS WHA HOCKEY JERSEY 1970s NEW SEWN ANY SIZE

WAYNE GRETZKY INDIANAPOLIS RACERS WHA HOCKEY JERSEY 1970s NEW SEWN ANY SIZE
$44.49

BRUCE BOUDREAU Minnesota Fighting Saints 1975 WHA Throwback Hockey Jersey

BRUCE BOUDREAU Minnesota Fighting Saints 1975 WHA Throwback Hockey Jersey
$199.95

MARK MESSIER CINCINNATI STINGERS WHA HOCKEY JERSEY WHA NEW SEWN ANY SIZE

MARK MESSIER CINCINNATI STINGERS WHA HOCKEY JERSEY WHA NEW SEWN ANY SIZE
$44.49

WAYNE GRETZKY Edmonton Oilers K1 1978 WHA Vintage Throwback Hockey Jersey

WAYNE GRETZKY Edmonton Oilers K1 1978 WHA Vintage Throwback Hockey Jersey
$199.95

DEREK SANDERSON Philadelphia Blazers 1973 WHA Vintage Throwback Hockey Jersey

DEREK SANDERSON Philadelphia Blazers 1973 WHA Vintage Throwback Hockey Jersey
$199.95

EDMONTON OILERS 1970s CCM Vintage Throwback WHA Hockey Jersey

EDMONTON OILERS 1970s CCM Vintage Throwback WHA Hockey Jersey
$129.95

GORDIE HOWE WHA NEW ENGLAND WHALERS RETRO HOCKEY JERSEY WHITE SEWN NEW XS 5XL

GORDIE HOWE WHA NEW ENGLAND WHALERS RETRO HOCKEY JERSEY WHITE SEWN NEW XS 5XL
$44.49



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More About WHA Jerseys

The WHA or World Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league in direct competition with the NHL between the years 1972 and 1979. It provided the first major North American competition for the NHL in almost five decades, and established hockey in major North American sports markets that the NHL had been reluctant to enter. Despite a contentious relationship with the NHL, the WHA went full steam ahead in 1972, with 12 teams tenuously set to compete for the Avco World Cup (named later once Avco became the league's major sponsor).

WHA Teams

Over its relatively short history the WHA was home to 26 teams, though many had a very short tenure by professional sports standards. These teams included:

Alberta/Edmonton Oilers
Baltimore Blades
Birmingham Bulls
Calgary Cowboys
Chicago Cougars
Cincinnati Stingers
Cleveland Crusaders
Denver Spurs
Houston Aeroes
Indianapolis Racers
Los Angeles Sharks
Michigan Stags
Minnesota Fighting Saints
New England Whalers
New Jersey Knights
New York Golden Blades
New York Raiders
Ottawa Civics
Ottawa Nationals
Philadelphia Blazers
Phoenix Roadrunners
Quebec Nordiques
San Diego Mariners
Toronto Toros
Vancouver Blazers
Winnipeg Jets

Though many of these teams folded, stronger franchises like the Oilers, Nordiques, Whalers and Jets stayed alive throughout and even made the jump to the NHL when the WHA eventually merged with its rival league.

WHA Players

Though every young hockey player dreams of one day growing up and playing in the NHL (not the WHA) the World Hockey Association did manage to attract its fair share of bona fide stars over the years. The signing of Chicago Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull to a ten year $2.75 million contract (the richest in hockey history at the time) got the ball rolling, and also helped give the league the legitimacy it needed to attract sponsors, fans, and other big name hockey players.

Other former and future NHL stars joined Hull over the years. Gordie Howe, Gerry Cheevers, Wayne Gretzky, Bernie Parent, JC Tremblay, Marc Tardif, Anders Hedberg, Real Cloutier, Rob Ramage, Rick Vaive, Mark Messier, Mike Gartner and Mark Howe all pulled on WHA jerseys during the course of the respective hockey careers.

Despite a wealth of talented players the WHA's attempt to compete with the NHL ultimately ended in failure. Their expansion to non-traditional hockey markets saw many franchises crumble, and several others were only hanging on by the skin of their teeth. The NHL and the WHA began to talk merger starting in 1977, however the initial proposal to have six WHA teams make the leap to the NHL was unpopular with the player's union and never gained legs.

In the WHA's final season only six teams remained. Unable to meet payroll the league finally managed to make a desperate deal with the NHL. Four teams - Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets - were absorbed into the NHL as expansion teams, and the remaining WHA clubs - the Birmingham Bulls and Cincinnati Stingers - were dissolved, with each club receiving $1.5 million in compensation.

The WHA's Legacy

Though the World Hockey Association was in existence for less than a decade it made a lasting impact on the world of professional hockey. Prior to its existence the NHL had almost exclusively drawn its talent from Canada's soil. However, the WHA had lured both European and American players in the fold, and many of those players had demonstrated an extremely high skill level. This realization led NHL clubs to send their scouts abroad in search of more previously undiscovered talent, changing the face of the league, and improving the talent level of its players permanently.

The WHA also had financial benefits for the player's union. In the face of competition for their star players the NHL owners were forced to start paying their star players a higher percentage of profits, and the average salary of players has risen astronomically in the intervening years.

The WHA's bold experiment also showed the NHL that hockey was viable in markets they hadn't explored in the past. Prior to the WHA merging with the NHL, the National Hockey League only had three Canadian franchises, despite the bulk of its players being of Canadian descent. Since then the NHL has established franchises in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Quebec, Calgary and Ottawa. Though Winnipeg and Quebec saw their franchises relocated due to economic reasons, both cities have an established, passionate fanbase and are likely targets for future NHL expansion.

WHA Merchandise

Though the league has been gone for more than 30 years demand for WHA jerseys and team memorabilia continues to be strong, with hockey collectors eager to find authentic and replica sweaters from the past. Rare Bobby Hull Winnipeg Jets jerseys, or Gordie Howe New England Whalers sweaters are every bit as popular as their gear from their respective careers with the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.