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Sunday, October 6, 2002
What's become of the Avco World Trophy?
By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press

The WHA handed out its own version of the Stanley Cup, a corporate-backed championship prize known as the Avco World Trophy.

When the WHA went out of business in 1979, the Avco World Trophy faded into oblivion, too.

Where is it now?

One version of the trophy is on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, serving as the centre-piece of a WHA exhibit. No one is quite sure if it's the original or a replica.

"We have some sweaters, trophies, sticks, pucks," said Craig Campbell, manager of the hall's resource centre and archives. "The Avco World Trophy is in there, too."

Two other cups are in Winnipeg, where the Jets won the final WHA championship, and in Nova Scotia.

The Avco World Trophy borrowed from the Stanley Cup in its design. A silver bowl stands atop a tall base, providing room to engrave the names of players from each championship team.

The Avco cup used to be on display at Winnipeg Arena, the team's home until it moved to Phoenix in 1996.

"The cup is not here anymore," said Chris Zuk, a spokesman for the city's AHL team, the Manitoba Moose. "They moved it four or five years ago. I have no idea where it went."

Former Jets owner Barry Shenkarow now has the trophy "locked up in a special room with all the other (Jets) memorabilia," said Maryann Mazepa, his assistant.

Nova Scotia never had a WHA team, but provincial native Ted Cumming was Avco's president. After the league folded, he wound up with his own version of the trophy.