On November 1, 1971, the Edmonton Oilers became 1 of the 12 founding WHA franchises. The original owners were “Wild Bill” Hunter and partner, Dr. Charles A. “Chuck” Allard (1919 – 1991) (father of Vancouver, Canada attorney Peter Allard) who, a decade later, also brought the SCTV sketch comedy TV series to Edmonton. Hunter also owned the Edmonton Oil Kings, a junior hockey franchise, and founded the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League (now known as the Western Hockey League (WHL)). Hunter’s efforts to bring major professional hockey to Edmonton via an expansion NHL franchise had been rebuffed by the NHL. So, he looked to the upstart WHA instead. It was Hunter who chose the “Oilers” name for the new WHA franchise. This was a name that had previously been used as a nickname for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 1950s and 1960s. Hunter also served as head coach during the 1972–73, 1974–75, and 1975–76 seasons, and the Oilers’ mascot, Hunter, is named in his honour.