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|Miami Screaming Eagles|
|1972:||Miami Screaming Eagles|
Businessman Herb Martin bought a franchise in the former World Hockey Association in 1972. The Eagles were the first to sign players from NHL clubs, such as Bernie Parent from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins standout Derek Sanderson. However, the team could not find a suitable arena to play in and was running out of money from the signings, so it moved to Philadelphia and became the Philadelphia Blazers. (The franchise later shifted to Vancouver and then to Calgary before expiring in 1976.)
The Screaming Eagles are arguably the most famous major professional sports team never to actually play, and its projected jerseys sell in replica format along with those of actual WHA teams. Some have speculated that their relative notoriety stems from being the first WHA club to sign a major NHL star (Parent) and having the audacity of attempting to establish a major league hockey team so far south; at the time, the NHL had no teams further south than St. Louis.