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New England Whalers

The roots of the Hartford Whalers begin in Boston and the creation of the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1971. Behind ex-Boston University head coach Jack Kelley (right), the New England Whalers began with a championship win and best regular-season record in 1972-1973. It is the highest point the Whalers would ever achieve.Frank O'brien / The Boston Globe