The high level of play of some WHA teams cannot be questioned. When the league died in 1978, four of its teams—Edmonton, Hartford, Quebec and Winnipeg—joined the NHL. They were allowed to protect only four players each from their WHA rosters, rendering these teams ineffective for several years, with the exception of Edmonton. A team like Winnipeg, had it been able to keep its roster intact, could have challenged the NHL elite rather than ending with the second fewest wins (nine) in NHL history (minimum 70-game schedule) only three years later.
CAMERON POTTS, Chanhassen, Minn.
When the Raiders left New York to become the Jersey Knights, they moved into the old Cherry Hill Arena, which had insufficient locker room facilities. Visiting teams had to get dressed at their hotel and ride the bus in uniform. I will always remember seeing a picture of Gordie Howe getting on the bus in uniform, skates slung over his shoulder, to head for a "major" league hockey game in a 4,000-seat building.
JOHN SPAHN, Washington, D.C.
Why in the course of his otherwise interesting article did Allen Abel find it necessary to inform us, not once but four times, that hockey great Bobby Hull wears a toupee?
GREG NOLD, Freeburg, Ill.
Ian Thomsen writes that Marcelo R�os plays "from far behind the baseline, the way Agassi does" (Changing of the Guard, April 6). Fault. R�os does, indeed, play back, but Andre Agassi camps virtually on top of the baseline to take the ball early. In fact, it is a distinctive feature of his game.
ANDY P. SIERING, St. Louis
The Real WHA
Ten pages devoted to the WHA and not one mention of the Cincinnati Stingers? C'mon, the WHA was bigger than Bobby Hull, John McKenzie, Mark Messier and Derek Sanderson. It was about future Hall of Famer Mike Gartner, ESPN's Barry Melrose and feared fighter Paul Stewart, now one of the best referees in the NHL (above). The WHA was a stepping-stone for many greats of the game.
BRENT SPELDER, Cincinnati