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The 1972 WHA General Player Draft is a special draft session held on February 12th and 13th 1972 in Anaheim, California, by the World Hockey Association as a way to the 12 newly created franchises to have access to players to fill their rosters. There were two distinct events, i.e. a preliminary round and a main draft round, which lasted at least 123 rounds.

OverviewEdit

In the preliminary round, representatives from every team were asked to write four names on a piece of paper; the names were announced aloud in front of all the representatives once every team had submitted its paper. Of the 12 teams that picked players on that day, 3 moved without ever playing a single game. Those teams kept their players. Those players, chiefly National Hockey League players, including many stars, were drafted as a way for WHA owners to secure contract discussion rights with those players. Few of these actually joined the WHA; those who did include Bernie Parent, John McKenzie, Derek Sanderson, Norm Ullman and Bobby Hull.

The second part was the draft itself, which spread on at least 123 rounds (in the case of the Los Angeles Sharks; not all teams drafted that many players however, and the majority of the teams picked about 80). There again, none of the draftees were required to report to the team, as the vast majority of these were bound by a contract to their current team, or were playing junior or collegiate hockey. It was again a mean to secure rights for contract negotiations. There was not a single player out of reach for this draft session, as the upstart teams drafted professional players from the National Hockey League and the various other North american professional leagues, but also amateurs from the canadian junior leagues, the NCAA and - a first - a fair number of European star players, mainly Swedes, Czechoslovaks and Soviets.

Team selectionsEdit

Preliminary RoundEdit

Calgary BroncosEdit

  1. Barry Gibbs.... (from Minnesota North Stars, NHL)
  2. Jim Harrison... (from Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL)
  3. Dale Hoganson.. (from Montreal Canadiens, NHL)
  4. Jack Norris.... (from Seattle Totems, WHL)

Chicago CougarsEdit

  1. Stan Mikita.... (from Chicago Black Hawks, NHL)
  2. Jerry Korab.... (from Chicago Black Hawks, NHL)
  3. Jim McKenny.... (from Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL)
  4. Gary Smith..... (from Chicago Black Hawks, NHL)

Dayton AerosEdit

  1. Guy Trottier... (from Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL)
  2. André Hinse.... (from Phoenix Roadrunners, WHL)
  3. Larry Lund..... (from Phoenix Roadrunners, WHL)
  4. Wayne Rutledge. (from Denver Spurs, WHL)

Edmonton Oil KingsEdit

  1. Norm Ullman.... (from Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL)
  2. Bobby Clarke... (from Philadelphia Flyers, NHL)
  3. Bruce MacGregor (from New York Rangers, NHL)
  4. Phil Myre...... (from Montreal Canadiens, NHL)

Los Angeles SharksEdit

  1. Ken Dryden...... (from Montreal Canadiens, NHL)
  2. Gilbert Perreault (from Buffalo Sabres, NHL)
  3. Matt Ravlich.... (from Detroit Red Wings, NHL)
  4. Steve Sutherland (from Port Huron Wings, IHL)

Miami Screaming EaglesEdit

  1. Bernie Parent.. (from Philadelphia Flyers, NHL)
  2. Jude Drouin.... (from Minnesota North Stars, NHL)
  3. Derek Sanderson (from Boston Bruins, NHL)
  4. Bill White..... (from Chicago Black Hawks, NHL)

Minnesota Fighting SaintsEdit

  1. Peter Mahovlich. (from Montreal Canadiens, NHL)
  2. Mike Curran..... (from US Olympic Team)
  3. Bill Goldsworthy.(from Minnesota North Stars, NHL)
  4. Dale Tallon..... (from Vancouver Canucks, NHL)

New England WhalersEdit

  1. Bobby Sheehan....(from California Golden Seals, NHL)
  2. Eddie Johnston...(from Boston Bruins, NHL)
  3. Rick Ley.........(from Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL)
  4. Larry Pleau......(from Montreal Canadiens, NHL)

New York RaidersEdit

  1. Gerry Desjardins..(from Chicago Black Hawks, NHL)
  2. Dave Gardner.......(from Toronto Marlboros, OHL)
  3. Steve Shutt.......(from Toronto Marlboros, OHL)
  4. Billy Harris......(from Toronto Marlboros, OHL)

Ottawa Nationals*Edit

  • At the moment of the draft, the team was still simply known as "Ontario"
  1. Doug Favell.......(from Philadelphia Flyers, NHL)
  2. Dave Keon.........(from Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL)
  3. Brad Park.........(from New York Rangers, NHL)
  4. Eddie Shack.......(from Buffalo Sabres, NHL)

Quebec Nordiques*Edit

  • At the moment of the draft, the team was still simply known as "Quebec City"
  1. Gilles Villemure..(from New York Rangers, NHL)
  2. Guy Lapointe......(from Montreal Canadiens, NHL)
  3. Jacques Lemaire...(from Montreal Canadiens, NHL)
  4. John McKenzie.....(from Boston Bruins, NHL)

Winnipeg JetsEdit

  1. Bobby Hull........(from Chicago Black Hawks, NHL)
  2. Ted Green.........(from Boston Bruins, NHL)
  3. Ted Irvine........(from New York Rangers, NHL)
  4. Ernie Wakely......(from St. Louis Blues, NHL)

General Player DraftEdit

All players are classified alphabetically by draft parts (i.e. rounds 1 to 10, 11 to 20, etc). This so far is the closest available thing to the correct draft order.

Calgary BroncosEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
Rounds 11-20Edit
Rounds 21-50Edit
Rounds 51-70Edit
Rounds 71 and upEdit

Chicago CougarsEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
Rounds 11-20Edit
Rounds 21-50Edit
Rounds 51-70Edit
Rounds 71 and upEdit

Dayton AerosEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
Rounds 11-20Edit
Rounds 21-50Edit
Rounds 51-70Edit
Rounds 71 and upEdit

Edmonton Oil KingsEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
Rounds 11-20Edit
Rounds 21-50Edit
Rounds 51-70Edit
Rounds 71 and upEdit

Los Angeles SharksEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
Rounds 11-20Edit
Rounds 21-50Edit
Rounds 51-70Edit
Rounds 71 and upEdit

Miami Screaming EaglesEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
Rounds 11-20Edit
Rounds 21-50Edit
Rounds 51-70Edit
Rounds 71 and upEdit

Minnesota Fighting SaintsEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
Rounds 11-20Edit
Rounds 21-50Edit
Rounds 51-70Edit
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New England WhalersEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
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Rounds 11-20Edit
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Rounds 21-50Edit
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Rounds 51-70Edit
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Rounds 71 and upEdit
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New York RaidersEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
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Rounds 11-20Edit
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Rounds 21-50Edit
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Rounds 51-70Edit
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Rounds 71 and upEdit
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Ontario (Ottawa Nationals)Edit

Rounds 1-10Edit
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Rounds 11-20Edit
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Rounds 21-50Edit
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Rounds 51-70Edit
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Quebec City (Quebec Nordiques)Edit

Rounds 1-10Edit
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Rounds 11-20Edit
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Rounds 21-50Edit
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Rounds 51-70Edit
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Rounds 71 and upEdit
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Winnipeg JetsEdit

Rounds 1-10Edit
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