Chicago Cougars - WHA - Athletic Grey





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Chicago Cougars        World Hockey Association (1972-1975)

The Chicago Cougars were a team in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1972-1975. The WHA was conceived as a challenger to the domination of the National Hockey League (NHL), and played a similar role as the ABA did in basketball: the young, brash upstart thumbing their nose at the “big league.” Luring big-name players away from the NHL with higher salaries and better contracts was a key part of the WHA’s strategy, and the Cougars managed to sign Dave Dryden, the creator of the modern goalie mask. As a founding member of the WHA located in a huge and rich media market, the Cougars were expected to emerge as one of the new league’s premier teams. As luck would have it, the Cougars instead became the sad-sack of the WHA. They played in an awful arena, the decrepit old barn called the International Amphitheatre. They habitually lost more than they won. The club was even sold to the players before their final season in 1975 as the original owners fell into financial ruin. But the most iconic moment of the Cougars reign of failure came in 1974, when in the midst of the only playoff run in franchise history the club found itself without a proper arena in which to play, kicked out of the International Amphitheatre to make room for an on-ice production of Peter Pan. Beaten by a man in green tights and reduced to playing in a public ice-skating rink in the suburbs, the Cougars made it one more year before they mercifully expired in 1976.