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Upstart league drawing NHLers' interest

Originally Published: January 23, 2005
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

The World Hockey Association will host a multimillion-dollar, winner-take-all tournament this spring as a way to generate interest for its inaugural season, which will begin play in the fall, ESPN.com has learned.

Several high-profile National Hockey League players are expected to play in the tournament, which will feature six to eight teams, WHA president and CEO Ricky Smith said. The event has also secured a "major television deal" and significant corporate sponsorship, he added.

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