SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League

    Veteran NHL Linesman Andy McElman named Director of Officiating

    Date:06/19/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (June 19, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced Tuesday that Andy McElman, who spent 23 years as a National Hockey League linesman, has been named the league’s new Director of Officiating. “Having been with USA Hockey’s Officiating Development Program the past several years, I am very excited to join the SPHL and continue working...


    Mayhem name former defenseman Ryan Michel as Assistant Coach

    Date:06/18/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    MACON, GA - The Macon Mayhem continued to add to their hockey operations staff on Monday, as the team named former Mayhem defenseman Ryan Michel as assistant coach. “I would like to thank [head coach] Leo Thomas, as well as [team owners] Bob and Diane Kerzner, for this incredible opportunity,” said Michel. “The decision to return to Macon was easy due to how great my experi...


    Stuart Stefan announces retirement, named Havoc assistant coach

    Date:06/12/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTSVILLE – After seven years on the ice and 379 regular-season games with the Havoc, SPHL all-star defenseman Stuart Stefan has announced the end of his playing days.  However, Stefan's career with Huntsville is far from over. The team has hired the all-time leader in games played for the Havoc to be the new assistant coach o...


    Quad City names Dave Pszenyczny as inaugural head coach

    Date:06/08/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Moline, IL (June 8, 2018) – Quad City, the newest member of the Southern Professional Hockey League, announced Friday that reigning SPHL Defenseman of the Year and captain of the Peoria Rivermen, Dave Pszenyczny, has been named Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations. “John and I believe Dave will build a team that will be entertaining to watch,” said team co-owner Ryan Mosley....


    SPHL announces expansion draft selections

    Date:06/06/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (June 6, 2018) - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Wednesday announced the results of the expansion draft held for the new Quad City franchise.  All players not named to a returning team’s protected list were eligible for the draft. All players eligible for the Mississippi RiverKings’ protected list were also available for the draft. Players selec...


    Kallechy named new Marksmen head coach

    Date:06/06/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Fayetteville, NC - Former Southern Professional Hockey League Goaltender and Assistant Coach of the Huntsville Havoc, Jesse Kallechy, has been named Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations of the Fayetteville Marksmen, the team announced Wednesday morning. “Having Jesse come in and run the bench for the Marksmen is exciting,” Team Owner, Chuck Norris, said. “He’s a s...


    Rail Yard Dawgs announce staff extensions, promotions

    Date:06/05/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    ROANOKE, VA – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs are proud to announce that the contract of head coach Dan Bremner has been extended two seasons and will now run through the completion of the 2019-20 campaign. Additionally, general manager Mickey Gray has been promoted to the position of team president. Read more ...


    Rod Aldoff returns to coach Ice Flyers

    Date:06/01/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    PENSACOLA, FL (June 1, 2018) – The Pensacola Ice Flyers have announced that former head coach Rod Aldoff is returning once again to Pensacola to be the bench boss of the Ice Flyers. “As always, it will be a great honor to coach the Ice Flyers,” Aldoff stated, “I’m looking forward to building a championship team with a group of players who are not only great...


    Ice Flyers announce Jeff Bes will not return

    Date:05/29/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    PENSACOLA, FL (May 29, 2018) – The Pensacola Ice Flyers announced today that Head Coach Jeff Bes will not be returning for a second season with the club. Read more ...


    New hockey team plans to focus on community

    Date:05/25/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad City Times (Photo by Andy Abeyta) As far as hype videos go, it didn't make you want to jump out of your seat and cheer. But the Southern Professional Hockey League's video promoting community service — part of Wednesday's news conference announcing the addition of a Quad-Cities hockey team to the league — sent a message about what the lea...


    New hockey owners are just ordinary fans

    Date:05/24/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Don Doxsie, Quad City Times (Photo by Andy Abeyta) John Dawson and Ryan Mosley aren’t anything like the owners we’ve seen in the past with the Quad-City Mallards or some of our other local minor league sports franchises. They’re not multi-millionaires who view this as some sort of toy. They’re not what some of us would derisively refer to as "carpetbaggers," ...


    Local owners step in to save hockey in Quad-Cities

    Date:05/24/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad City Times (Photo by Andy Abeyta) Ryan Mosley and John Dawson have been coming to hockey games in the Quad-Cities for more than 20 years. They saw their team win championships, flirt with the American Hockey League and experience the highs and lows of the three leagues that followed. Read more ...


    Mayhem choose assistant Leo Thomas as Head Coach

    Date:05/24/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Tucker Sargent, WMGT 41 MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –  Leo Thomas is the Macon Mayhem’s new head coach and director of hockey operations. Thomas, an assistant under coach Kevin Kerr the last two seasons, becomes the first and only black head coach in the Southern Professional Hockey League. He’s also the only black head coach in North American professional hockey. Read...


    Mississippi RiverKings suspend operations for 2018-2019 season

    Date:05/24/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (May 24, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Thursday announced the Mississippi RiverKings will be suspending play for the 2018-2019 season. “This has been a very difficult decision for Robin Hurdle,” said President Jim Combs. “In addition to their tremendous charitable contributions to Southaven and the surrounding communities, the R...


    SPHL adding Quad City for 2018-2019 season

    Date:05/23/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (May 23, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that it will be expanding to Moline, IL, whose team will take to the ice as Quad City for the 2018-2019 season. At a press conference held this afternoon at the TaxSlayer Center, league president Jim Combs stated that the SPHL Board of Governors this week approved the Louisiana IceGators’ ...


    Leo Thomas tabbed as new Mayhem Head Coach

    Date:05/23/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    MACON, GA - The Macon Mayhem have named Leo Thomas as the team’s new Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations, the team announced at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. “I would like to thank team owners Bob and Diane Kerzner for this great opportunity,” said Thomas. “Macon is a special place for me, as the city has welcomed me with open arms the past two y...


    Kevin Kerr steps down from Mayhem, accepting coaching opportunity

    Date:05/23/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    MACON, GA - Macon Mayhem Head Coach, Director of Hockey Operations and General Manager Kevin Kerr has resigned to accept another coaching position, the team announced on Tuesday. The Mayhem will host a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to announce their next head coach. "As I embark on this new opportunity, I want to thank the league, team owners Bob and Diane Kerzner, Mayhem staf...


    Marksmen name new President/COO

    Date:05/23/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Fayetteville, NC - Charlie Hildbold has been hired as the President and COO of the Fayetteville Marksmen, the team announced Tuesday evening. “We’re excited to welcome Charlie to the Marksmen, his experience in leading a front office makes him a great fit for this team,” Team Owner, Chuck Norris, said. “I’m confident in Charlie’s ability to lead the day-to...


    Huntsville Havoc win 2018 President's Cup Championship

    Date:04/30/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    PEORIA, IL – The rallying cry for the Huntsville Havoc has been to finish strong and outlast their opponent. "Rage, rage against the dying light," as poet Dylan Thomas succinctly put it. The Havoc made SPHL history Sunday, April 29, becoming the first fourth-seeded team to win the President's Cup championship, beating the Peoria Rivermen 4-2 to take the three-game series. Re...


    Havoc comeback falls short against Peoria, will play deciding game Sunday

    Date:04/27/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTSVILLE, AL – The Havoc started Friday night's game with every intention of bringing a title to Huntsville in front of another sell-out crowd at Propst Arena in the Von Braun Center. The only thing standing between them and the President's Cup was a determined Peoria Rivermen squad. Read more ...


    Rivermen surrender four third-period goals in Game 1 loss to Havoc

    Date:04/25/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen saw a 4-1 second-period lead vanish Wednesday night as they gave up four third-period goals en route to a 6-5 loss the Huntsville Havoc in Game 1 of the President’s Cup Finals. The loss puts the Rivermen into a must-win situation when the Best-of-3 series resumes Friday night in Huntsville. The Rivermen started the scoring with a power-play goal early ...


    SPHL announces President’s Cup Finals schedule

    Date:04/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 21, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Saturday announced the schedule for the best-of-three President’s Cup Finals between the Peoria Rivermen and the Huntsville Havoc:   #1 Peoria Rivermen vs. #4 Huntsville Havoc Game 1 - Wednesday, April 25 at Peoria, 7:15 pm CDT Game 2 - Friday, April 27 at Huntsville, 7:00 pm CDT Game 3 - Su...


    Mayhem’s season ends with 3-2 overtime loss to Huntsville

    Date:04/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    MACON, GA - The Macon Mayhem battled hard in game three of the President’s Cup Semi-Finals, but they ultimately fell 3-2 in overtime to the Huntsville Havoc. The Mayhem’s season comes to a close, while the Havoc advance to the President’s Cup Finals. HOW IT HAPPENED The Mayhem got out to a roaring start, with Caleb Cameron scoring a power play goal for the second straight ...


    Ice Bears fall to Rivermen in SPHL Semi-Final

    Date:04/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Knoxville, TN (April 20, 2018) - Tyler Parks posted a 33 save shutout to guide the Peoria Rivermen to a 4-0 win over the Knoxville Ice Bears for a two-game series sweep in the SPHL semifinals. The Rivermen advance to their third consecutive President’s Cup final. They were swept in each of the past two seasons. Neither teams could find the net in the opening frame with Peoria outshooti...


    Knoxville’s Berkley Scott named SPHL Most Valuable Player

    Date:04/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 20, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Friday announced that Berkley Scott of the Knoxville Ice Bears has been selected as the 2017-2018 SPHL Most Valuable Player.    The SPHL Most Valuable Player award is presented annually to the player selected to be the most valuable to his team as determined in a vote in a vote of league coaches...


    Mayhem fall 8-2 to Havoc, face deciding Game Three Friday night

    Date:04/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    MACON, GA - The Macon Mayhem fell 8-2 in game two of the President’s Cup Semi-Finals to the Huntsville Havoc on Thursday night, forcing a series-deciding game three on Friday. HOW IT HAPPENED Huntsville got out to a blazing start in the game, as Stephen Hrehoriak scored just 35 seconds into the game to take the early 1-0 lead. About seven minutes later, Caleb Cameron tipped a Jake Tra...


    Peoria’s Jean-Guy Trudel named SPHL Coach of the Year

    Date:04/19/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 19, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Thursday announced that Jean-Guy Trudel of the Peoria Rivermen has been selected as the SPHL Coach of the Year in a vote of league coaches, general managers and media representatives.   Macon’s Kevin Kerr and Pensacola’s Jeff Bes finished tied for second in the voting.   Trudel led...


    Havoc can't keep up with Mayhem, fall 6-4

    Date:04/19/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTSVILLE, AL – The Huntsville Havoc skated into the first semifinal game against the Macon Mayhem carrying over the same intensity they had from the recent Challenge Round series. Unfortunately, the Havoc missed a few opportunities and the Mayhem brought a high-scoring offense. The visitors put a half-dozen in the Havoc net to take the first of a best-of-three series by a score of 6-4. R...


    Rivermen bear down, defeat Knoxville 6-1

    Date:04/18/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen scored six unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes of regulation Wednesday night as they cruised to a 6-1 series-opening win over the Knoxville Ice Bears. The win gives Peoria a 1-0 edge in the Best-of-3 set before Game 2 Friday night in Knoxville, TN. The Ice Bears opened the scoring with a goal just past the midway point of the first period. Ice Bears win...


    Roanoke’s Brad Barone named SPHL Goaltender of the Year

    Date:04/18/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 18, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Wednesday announced that Brad Barone of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs has been selected as the SPHL Goaltender of the Year in a vote of league coaches, general managers and media representatives.   Evansville’s Tomas Sholl finished second in the voting. In backstopping the Rail Yard Daw...