The Philadelphia Blazers are a fairly interesting case study in the World Hockey Association. Now, I’m not going to get into a whole thing about the WHA, although it really is fascinating. If you want to know more about it, read The Rebel League by Ed Willes. If you want to read a half-assed piece of nonsense about one of the league’s franchises, stay here. The following are a few reasons why you should care about the Philadelphia Blazers:
-They were born as the Miami Screaming Eagles but never played a game there – they moved to Philly before the WHA’s inaugural 1972-73 season.
-They didn’t stay long in Pennsylvania. They moved west to Vancouver for 1973-74 and 1974-75 before becoming the Calgary Cowboys for two seasons.
-They once made Derek Sanderson the highest paid athlete in the world to play a total of eight games for them.
-After playing two years in Toronto, Bernie Parent’s return to Philadelphia wasn’t with the Flyers, but with the Blazers. Then he went back to the NHL the next season with the Flyers, and he won a couple of trophies.
And, above it all, they wore those uniforms. That much orange and that much yellow, mixed with so much creativity in the logo design… you might have missed it, but they made the L into a hockey stick. I know, your mind is blown. Go Blazers.