The original Houston Aeros played in the World Hockey Association (WHA)
from its inception in 1972. The league and the Aeros gained instant credibility with the signing of hockey legend Gordie Howe. The team won two championships but folded in 1978, a year before the WHA ceased operations. The nickname was revived in 1994 with the arrival of a new Aeros
team which played in the International Hockey League and later the American Hockey League.