The LA Sharks were an original WHA franchise that began play in the inaugural 1972-73 WHA season. The Sharks were headed by WHA co-founder Dennis Murphy who served as their team President. Murphy stocked the team with journeymen and didn’t really acquire a household name until their 2nd season when they picked up Marc Tardif from Montreal. It proved to be too little too late. The team lost 24 of their last 29 games in their 2nd year of play en route to a last place finish. During the 1973-74 season the team was purchased by a pair of Detroit businessmen who waited just a week after the season ended before announcing the relocation of the struggling franchise to Detroit where they became known as the Michigan Stags.
This home white dureen gamer by Rawlings was worn by Paul Hoganson during the 1973-74 WHA season. The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Hoganson in the 6th round of the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft. This goaltender spent a mere 2 games between the pipes for the Penguins in 1970-71, thus encompassing his entire NHL career. Hoganson began his WHA career during the league’s 2nd season in 1973-74 with the Los Angeles Sharks. He would spend 4 seasons tending goal in the WHA, representing the likes of the Michigan Stags and Baltimore Blades, the New England Whalers, the Indianapolis Racers and the Cincinnati Stingers.
The 1973-74 season saw Hoganson appear in 26 games between the pipes for the Los Angeles Sharks in what would be their last season in existence. The game wear on this size 50 Rawlings dureen consists of stick and puck marks, goal post paint transfer, washed out bloodstains and inner pilling. LA Sharks jerseys are among the toughest and most desirable of all of the former WHA teams as they survived for just the WHA’s first two seasons. Offered here is your opportunity to add a cornerstone WHA piece to the collection, with the added bonus of it having been worn by the Sharks goalie, choice!