WHA wary of dropping puck too soon

Originally Published: January 6, 2005
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

The new World Hockey Association has a decision to make: start playing an abbreviated schedule in February or wait and launch a full season in the fall.

While there are several factors involved in the process, not the least of which is the number of teams, none of them include the National Hockey League.

On Friday, WHA president and chief executive officer Richard William "Ricky" Smith retracted a release from his office that stated the league will launch in the fall. He reiterated ...

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