Southern Professional Hockey League

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Southern Professional Hockey League
SPHL logo.png
SportIce hockey
Founded2004
No. of teams9
Country(ies) United States
Most recent champion(s)Columbus Cottonmouths
(2011)
Most titlesKnoxville Ice Bears (3)
Official websitewww.TheSPHL.com
 
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Southern Professional Hockey League
SPHL logo.png
SportIce hockey
Founded2004
No. of teams9
Country(ies) United States
Most recent champion(s)Columbus Cottonmouths
(2011)
Most titlesKnoxville Ice Bears (3)
Official websitewww.TheSPHL.com

The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) is a low-level professional ice hockey league based in Huntersville, North Carolina, with teams located in the southeastern United States.

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History

The SPHL's history traces back to three other short-lived leagues. The Atlantic Coast Hockey League started play in the 2002–03 season. After its only season, the ACHL dissolved with member teams forming the nucleus for two rival leagues, the South East Hockey League and the World Hockey Association 2. After one season the SEHL and WHA2 disbanded, with their surviving teams rejoining with two expansion teams to form the SPHL, commencing with the 2004–05 season.

In 2009, the SPHL saw a large expansion as three new franchises in Biloxi, Mississippi,[1][2][3] Lafayette, Louisiana[4] and Pensacola, Florida,[5][6] all three of which were former ECHL markets within the past five years that produced competitive teams, each of which either won the league's championship or regular season title. For the 2011–12 season, the league added 2-time Central Hockey League champions, the Mississippi RiverKings.[7][8]

Teams

Map of SPHL teams
Solid black.svg Current location Thick lined square.svg Former location Green thick lined square.svg Original team

Current

TeamCity/AreaArenaJoinedHead Coach
Augusta RiverHawksAugusta, GeorgiaJames Brown Arena2010United States Rob Miller
Columbus CottonmouthsColumbus, GeorgiaColumbus Civic Center2004Canada Jerome Bechard
Fayetteville FireAntzFayetteville, North CarolinaCumberland County Crown Coliseum2004Canada Mark Desantis
Huntsville HavocHuntsville, AlabamaVon Braun Center2004Canada Glenn Detulleo
Knoxville Ice BearsKnoxville, TennesseeKnoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum2004Canada Mike Craigen
Louisiana IceGatorsLafayette, LouisianaCajundome2009Canada Kevin Kaminski
Mississippi RiverKingsSouthaven, Mississippi (Memphis area)Lander's Center2011Canada Derek Landmesser
Mississippi SurgeBiloxi, MississippiMississippi Coast Coliseum2009Canada Jeff Bes
Pensacola Ice FlyersPensacola, FloridaPensacola Civic Center2009United States Gary Graham

Timeline

Mississippi RiverKingsAugusta RiverhawksPensacola Ice FlyersMississippi SurgeLouisiana IceGatorsRichmond RenegadesTwin City CyclonesPee Dee CyclonesFlorida SealsWinston-Salem Polar TwinsMacon TraxKnoxville Ice BearsJacksonville BarracudasHuntsville HavocFayetteville FireAntzColumbus CottonmouthsAsheville Aces

Defunct franchises

Key rule differences

As per minor leagues, there are some rule differences between the SPHL and the NHL (and even the ECHL and AHL, the two official developmental leagues regulated by the Professional Hockey Players' Association.

- Changed for the 2012-13 season

Champions

Playoffs

President's Cup

2004–05Columbus Cottonmouths
2005–06Knoxville Ice Bears
2006–07Fayetteville FireAntz
2007–08Knoxville Ice Bears
2008–09Knoxville Ice Bears
2009–10Huntsville Havoc
2010–11Mississippi Surge
2011-12Columbus Cottonmouths

Regular season

William B. Coffey Trophy

Originally known as the Commissioner's Cup, the regular season trophy was renamed in honor of league co-founder William B. Coffey during the 2007–08 season.[14]

2004–05Knoxville Ice Bears
2005–06Knoxville Ice Bears
2006–07Columbus Cottonmouths
2007–08Knoxville Ice Bears
2008–09Knoxville Ice Bears
2009–10Mississippi Surge
2010–11Mississippi Surge
2011-12Augusta Riverhawks

See also

References

  1. ^ Giardina, A.J. (April 9, 2009). "Local investors may bring another hockey team to the coast". WLOX-TV. http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=10161681. Retrieved April 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ Press release (April 30, 2009). "Biloxi to join SPHL". SPHL.com. http://www.thesphl.com/fanzone/news/index.html?article_id=1163. Retrieved April 30, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Coast Hockey announces new team name". The Sun Herald. June 17, 2009. http://www.sunherald.com/newsupdates/story/1419476.html. Retrieved June 17, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ Foote, Kevin (May 15, 2009). "IceGators to skate again; join the discussion". Lafayette Daily Advertiser. http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20090515/NEWS01/905150326. Retrieved May 15, 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Blakeney, Jason (April 30, 2009). "Hockey's Back!". Pensacola News Journal. http://pnj.com/article/20090430/NEWS01/904300321. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ Blakeney, Jason (May 9, 2009). "Commentary: New team, new name, new opportunity". Pensacola News Journal. http://www.pnj.com/article/20090509/SPORTS/905090325/Commentary++New+team++new+name++new+opportunity. Retrieved May 10, 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Mississippi RiverKings Join SPHL For 2011-2012 Season". Press release (Southern Professional Hockey League). June 13, 2011. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/5zQLeF4Zw. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ Van Tuyl, Chris (13 June 2011). "Mississippi RiverKings announce change to Southern Professional Hockey League". Memphis Commercial Appeal. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/5zQLVSngm. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Florida Seals cease operations". Press release. January 5, 2007. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3412289. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Gates, Nick (June 21, 2009). "Murray liking SPHL expansion". Knoxville News Sentinel. http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jun/21/murray-liking-sphl-expansion/. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Renegades Officially Done". Press release. April 30, 2009. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3815536. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Cyclones To Cease Operations". Press release. March 24, 2009. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3794436. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  13. ^ http://www.thesphl.com/news/?id=4229
  14. ^ "History of the SPHL". SPHL.com. http://www.thesphl.com/view/thesphl/history-of-the-sphl. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 

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