SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League

    Pszenyczny, Storm ready for franchise debut

    Date:10/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad-City Times If Dave Pszenyczny has any nerves entering tonight, he certainly isn't showing them. The first-year head coach in the inaugural season of the Quad-City Storm opens his coaching career against the Peoria Rivermen, the last team the defenseman played for in his 12-year career. Read more ...


    Alec Hagaman leads Rivermen as team’s first Peoria-born captain

    Date:10/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Dave Eminian, Peoria Journal Star (Photo by Ron Johnson) PEORIA — Alec Hagaman grew up following the Peoria Rivermen. Now he has a chance to lead them. Hagaman will become the first Peoria-born captain in the history of the 37-year-old franchise when he leads the team into the 2018-19 Southern Professional Hockey League season on Saturday. Read more ...


    Havoc drop season opener to Bulls

    Date:10/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    PELHAM, ALABAMA – The Birmingham Bulls matched their win total against the Huntsville Havoc from last season by taking down the reigning SPHL champions 5-4 on opening night of the 2018-19 season.  The Havoc spotted the Bulls a 2-0 lead to start the game but couldn’t complete the comeback despite scoring a pair of goals in the third period.  Read more ...


    Marksmen win opener on Mazurek’s late goal, 2-1

    Date:10/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Thomas Pope, Fayetteville Observer In describing center David Mazurek earlier in the week, Fayetteville Marksmen assistant coach Peter Worrell said this: “He’s a meat-and-potatoes guy — but high-end meat and potatoes.” Read more ...


    Ice Bears score four unanswered to win 5-4

    Date:10/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Knoxville, TN (October 19, 2018) - The Knoxville Ice Bears started their season off with a bang as they would put together a third period comeback and defeat the Evansville Thunderbolts 5-4. “I love this team.  They are working hard every single shift, they have a no quit attitude and I know it’s a cliché but teams don’t come back from things like that so it spe...


    Mayhem edged in shootout in home opener

    Date:10/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Kicking off their fourth season in Macon with their home opener on Friday night, the Mayhem endured a back-and-forth tilt with the Pensacola Ice Flyers but fell 4-3 in a shootout. Though they dictated the tempo in the opening minutes with an onslaught of time on attack in the Pensacola zone, the Mayhem were unable to draw first blood. At 4:51, a loose puck skittered its way to veteran forward Mat...


    ‘Young’ Marksmen ready for SPHL opener

    Date:10/18/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Thomas Pope, Fayetteville Observer The Fayetteville Marksmen roster for Friday night’s Southern Professional Hockey League opener is chock full of first-year players. That’s not a bad thing, according to veteran center Jake Hauswirth, who will be the team’s captain for the second consecutive season. After all, there’s nowhere to go but up for a franchise that won only ...


    'These are guys I wanted': Storm relishing opportunity as SPHL expansion team

    Date:10/18/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad-City Times (Photo by Andy Abeyta) More than the speed or the toughness, Quad-City Storm head coach Dave Pszenyczny noticed how quickly his team has come together off the ice. Read more ...


    Ice Flyers' Marcuz shakes off villain role with new team

    Date:10/18/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bill Vilona, Pensacola News Journal (Photo by Jody Link) Ryan Marcuz spent the past four seasons in a villain's role every time he stepped on the ice at the Pensacola Bay Center. A much different experience awaits him now. Read more ...


    Rail Yard Dawgs ready for 'long' offseason to finally come to an end

    Date:10/12/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Aaron McFarling, The Roanoke Times (Photo by Heather Rousseau) Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs forward Colin Murray spent his summer working for the United Way in Toronto, just a 28-year-old guy putting his business degree to work with a nonprofit organization. The job was fine, but he says it “felt like the longest offseason ever.” Read more ...


    Quad-City Storm welcome clean slate as they open up camp

    Date:10/11/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad-City Times (Photo by Andy Abeyta) It was a weird feeling Wednesday for Vladimir Nikiforov. The rink looked the same, and the hallways of the TaxSlayer Center still led down the same paths, but the locker room had an unfamiliar vibe. Read more ...


    Mayhem cancel Friday's preseason game

    Date:10/10/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Due to severe inclement weather, the exhibition game scheduled for 6:00 pm on Friday, October 12th against the Fayetteville Marksmen has been cancelled. “We’re disappointed we had to cancel the game, but due to safety concerns regarding the opposing team in their travel, as well as our fans, we felt it would be in the best interest of the community and the Fayetteville Marksmen to can...


    Kallechy wants Marksmen to be ‘relentless’

    Date:10/10/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Thomas Pope, Fayetteville Observer This week — finally — Jesse Kallechy can actually assume the role for which he was hired. The task of recruiting and signing Fayetteville Marksmen hockey players is pretty much complete, even though he and assistant coach Peter Worrell will constantly be working the phones and tracking player moves in other leagues. The process is moving into a n...


    Pensacola Ice Flyers begin 10th season in SPHL with a fresh look

    Date:10/08/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bill Vilona, Pensacola News Journal The new coach is the same as the old coach headed into the Pensacola Ice Flyers' 10th season in the Southern Professional Hockey League, with Rod Aldoff back for his third stint behind the bench. Read more ...


    Quad-City Storm's promotional schedule emphasizes giving back

    Date:10/03/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad-City Times The Quad-City Storm want to be known as the community's team. The new Southern Professional Hockey League team has local owners, a local president and even a couple of players who have local ties. Read more ...


    Jim Combs to step down as SPHL president

    Date:09/24/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (September 24, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League announced on Monday that League President Jim Combs will be stepping down to pursue other opportunities, effective November 30. Combs leaves the SPHL after 11 seasons with the league following his hiring prior to the 2007-08 season and his promotion to President before the 2010-11 campaign. “I am very tha...


    The McGinn Family Buisness

    Date:09/21/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Mitch Peacock, Manitoba Moose Newly signed Moose winger Tye McGinn has played 400 pro games, including NHL stops in Philadelphia, San Jose, and Arizona. He also has an older brother Jamie, who is a Florida Panther, and a younger brother, Brock, who is a Carolina Hurricane, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about the game at its highest levels. Read more ...


    SPHL announces preseason schedule

    Date:09/21/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (September 21, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League on Friday announced its preseason schedule:   Friday, October 12 Fayetteville at Macon  6:00 pm Huntsville at Knoxville  7:30 pm   Saturday, October 13 Knoxville at Huntsville (@ Huntsville IcePlex)  5:00 pm Birmingham at Pensacola  7:00 pm Fayetteville at Roanoke  7:05...


    SPHL announces 2018-2019 playoff format

    Date:09/12/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (September 12, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League announced on Wednesday the 2018-2019 playoff format, which includes the return of last season’s exciting Challenge Round. 2018-2019 PLAYOFF FORMAT: The top eight (8) finishers in the league standings will make the playoffs: CHALLENGE ROUND (FIRST ROUND) On Sunday, April 7, the League Office will conduct ...


    New Thunderbolts coach Ian Moran brings NHL expertise

    Date:08/29/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Chad Lindskog, Evansville Courier & Press EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Ian Moran saw it all throughout his 15-year professional playing career as he traveled to the best hockey facilities in North America and played in over 500 NHL games. Yet, the former defenseman was blown away when he visited Ford Center for the first time Monday evening. Read more ...


    Sports fans in region made the Dawgs feel right at home

    Date:08/27/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Aaron McFarling, The Roanoke Times (File Photo) The Salem Red Sox still have a little more than a week of games left to play, but on Thursday you could witness an unofficial pivot point for the professional sports seasons in the valley. All around the crowd of 3,519 at Haley Toyota Field, blue Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs jerseys dotted the landscape. Read more ...


    Thunderbolts name Ian Moran as head coach, Adam Stio as general manager

    Date:08/10/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    The Evansville Thunderbolts announced today the addition of Ian Moran as head coach and Adam Stio as general manager.  Moran becomes the second head coach in franchise history, succeeding Jeff Pyle.  Stio becomes the third general manager in franchise history, succeeding Pete Xander. Read more (Photo credit: Getty Images) ...


    SPHL names LiveSource as official online auction partner

    Date:07/25/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (July 25, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced on Wednesday that LiveSource has been named as one of the league’s official online auction partners. “We are thrilled to partner with the Southern Professional Hockey League and couldn’t be more excited to help all of the organizations increase auction sales and the excitement felt ...


    SPHL names DASH as official online auction partner

    Date:07/25/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (July 25, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced on Wednesday that DASH has been named as one of the league’s official online auction partners. "Our team at DASH is excited to land another great partnership with one of the most innovative hockey leagues in the world,” said DASH Founder Jonathan Hufnagel.  “There have bee...


    NHL Veteran Worrell Joins Marksmen Coaching Staff

    Date:07/09/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League off-season has been one of building a reputation of legitimacy and setting a precedent for what to expect of the Fayetteville Marksmen hockey club. After the hire of first-year Head Coach Jesse Kallechy, a three-year assistant in the SPHL and former player, the vision of on-ice success began to form. Read more (Photo cre...


    SPHL releases 2018-2019 regular season schedule

    Date:07/06/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (July 6, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced on Friday that it will drop the puck for its 15th anniversary season on Friday, October 19 with four games scheduled. The Fayetteville Marksmen welcome the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs to the Crown Coliseum in the first game of the 2018-2019 season. The same night, the Knoxville Ice Bears host the Evansvil...


    Tombergs excited to lead hometown Storm

    Date:06/25/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bobby Metcalfe, Rock Island Dispatch-Argus MOLINE — Despite the challenges, an opportunity to run her hometown hockey team was too good for Gwen Tombergs to pass up. Tombergs was introduced Thursday as the president of the Quad City Storm, the new hockey franchise that will debut in the Southern Professional Hockey League this October. Read more ...


    Pszenyczny ready for challenge with Storm

    Date:06/25/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad City Times Dave Pszenyczny knows he has his work cut out for him. As the first head coach and director of hockey operations in the history of the Quad-City Storm, Pszenyczny is tasked with building a team that can quickly compete in its first year in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Read more ...


    Quad City set to take SPHL by storm

    Date:06/21/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    There’s a new professional sports team in town as Quad City owners John Dawson and Ryan Mosley announced the team’s new name, logo and president and introduced the new coach at a press conference today at the TaxSlayer Center. The new Quad City Storm will open their inaugural season on Saturday, October 20th at the TaxSlayer Center. The 28-game home schedule includ...


    Quad City to reveal name and logo, introduce president and coach

    Date:06/20/2018   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    MOLINE, IL (June 20, 2018) - The new Quad City hockey team is ready open its doors.  Owners John Dawson and Ryan Mosley will reveal the team’s name, logo and team president and introduce Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Dave Pszenyczny. A press conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at noon* at the TaxSlayer Center.  It is open to the public and past s...