To stock their roster for the inaugural WHA season, Kevin Ahearn, John Cunniff, Paul Hurley and Tim Sheehy, who all played for the Boston College Eagles, and Tommy Williams, who had played for the NHL's Boston Bruins, were all recruited to join the Whalers inaugural roster.
Additionally, the Whalers signed veteran Ted Green away from the Bruins to be the team's first captain.
Philadelphia's Derek Sanderson at the Whalers first ever game.
Note the Bruins logo prominent at center ice!
Selby broke into the NHL during the 1964-65 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing in 3 games. He played in 61 games the following season of 1965-66, scoring 14 goals and 27 points and was named the recipient of the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year. His 1966-67 season was an abbreviated one, playing in just 6 games for the Maple Leafs and 15 for the minor league Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League. He joined the Philadelphia Flyers for their first season of 1967-68. In his second season with the Flyers, Selby was involved in a trade which sent him back to Toronto where he would play for parts of three seasons. After 11 games of the 1970-71 season, he was on the move again, this time to the St. Louis Blues. His second season with the Blues was spent primarily with the Kansas City Blues of the Central Hockey League.
With the expansion of jobs for the 1972-73 season with the arrival of the WHA, Selby took the opportunity to escape the minors after he was selected by the Houston Aeros of the WHA. A series of trades saw him first play for the Quebec Nordiques for 7 games before landing with the Whalers, where he would play in 65 games, scoring 13 goals and 42 points during their inaugural, championship season. He spent the final two years of his career with the Toronto Toros of the WHA.
The original set of these striking, patriotic United States jersey worn the year of the American Bicentennial were all sewn on customization, heavy weight jerseys, which the players deemed too hot to wear. This jersey is from the second set made for the actual tournament competition, which were cooler mesh jerseys with all the graphics screened on, an inferior quality jersey, but one which was more suited to competition.