Southern Professional Hockey League

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The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL for short) is a professional ice hockey league with 8 teams located in cities throughout the southeastern United States. It was formed from several teams of the now-defunct WHA2, of the SEHL and ECHL, and some new ones. Its first season was in 2004-2005, which, ironically, is the same year the NHL lost an entire season due to a lockout.

The SPHL's first season played through without any major problems. The Knoxville Ice Bears had the best record in the regular season, but the Columbus Cottonmouths eventually defeated the Macon Trax for the playoff title. After the season, however, the Trax and Winston-Salem Polar Twins folded. The SPHL will start its second season in 2005-2006.

     Team            Origin

Defunct Teams

SPHL President's Cup Championships

2004-05: Columbus Cottonmouths over Macon Trax

See also

List of ice hockey leagues

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