SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League

    Pensacola’s Chase Perry named Warrior Player of the Week

    Date:10/22/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (October 22, 2019) -- The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today named rookie goaltender Chase Perry of the Pensacola Ice Flyers the Warrior Player of the Week for October 18-20.  The rookie made his SPHL debut this past weekend and helped the Ice Flyers secure two wins (2-0-0) against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. Over the weekend, Perry recorded two wins, 1.50 GAA...


    SPHL Announces Suspension

    Date:10/21/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (October 21, 2019) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Monday announced the following suspension: Huntsville’s Zane Jones.   Huntsville’s Zane Jones has been suspended one game as a result of an unpenalized high-sticking incident in the first period of SPHL Game 7, Huntsville at Macon, played on Saturday, October 19. Jones will miss Huntsv...


    Bulls split first two games of 2019-20 season

    Date:10/21/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Coming off a second-place finish in the SPHL last year, the Birmingham Bulls kicked off the 2019-20 hockey season with two games between Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19, including a rematch of last year’s President’s Cup Championship series with rival Huntsville. Looking to get off to a strong start and possibly get redemption for the loss to the Havoc in the title series, the B...


    DAWGS SETTLE FOR POINT, FALL TO ICE FLYERS IN OT, 3-2

    Date:10/19/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    PENSACOLA, Fla. – Stephen Klein made 46 saves, Brant Sherwood had a goal and an assist and Brad Riccardi scored his first professional goal but the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs fell to the Pensacola Ice Flyers in overtime, 3-2, Friday night at the Pensacola Bay Center. With the Dawgs trailing, 2-1, late in the third period, Klein was pulled in favor of an extra attacker. Off a won faceoff, ...


    New-look Thunderbolts make history in season-opening win

    Date:10/19/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    KNOXVILLE, TN – The Evansville Thunderbolts made history in Knoxville, Tennessee, winning the first season opener in franchise history, while making new head coach Jeff Bes a winner in his Bolts debut, edging the Ice Bears 2-1 in Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) action Friday night. Evansville will try to start a winning streak in its home opener tomorrow night as they take on the ...


    Mayhem Fall in Overtime on Opening Night

    Date:10/19/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Photo: Bryan Meeks   In front of a raucous opening night crowd to kick off their fifth season in Macon, the Mayhem got off to a strong start but dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime.   The Mayhem fed off the crowd and generated several high-end scoring chances in the first 20 minutes. Josh Koepplinger saw a shot from the left circle trickle through Danny Tirone’s equipment only to...


    Bulls Founder Art Clarkson Has Passed Away

    Date:10/08/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    PELHAM, Ala. — The Birmingham Bulls team founder Art Clarkson passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019, at age 78.  Clarkson’s love for sports quickly made him a legendary sports promoter in the state of Alabama.  He brought baseball to Birmingham with the Barons in 1981 and was responsible for building them a brand new stadium at the Hoover Met.    In 199...


    Seven SPHL teams recognized in the Top 2019 Minor League Markets

    Date:09/30/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    SPHL teams featured in top minor league markets list   HUNTERSVILLE, NC (October 2, 2019) -- In a recent article by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal, four teams in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) were recognized as one of the top 25 minor league markets in the United States.    The highest on the list among SPHL teams are the Quad Cities (Moline-Roc...


    SPHL’S FAYETTEVILLE MARKSMEN TO HOST FIRST EVER PRO HOCKEY GAME ON A MILITARY INSTALLATION

    Date:09/26/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    There’s no shortage of unique promotions in minor professional hockey. Back when it was an ECHL club, the Bakersfield Condors hosted “Charlie Sheen Night” to celebrate the actor during his peak days on Two and a Half Men. The defunct Las Vegas Wranglers once held a night to dishonor former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption. Heck, the Long Bea...


    SPHL, DASH Extend Partnership as Official Online Auction Platform

    Date:09/23/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (September 23, 2019) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) and DASH (www.dashapp.io) today announced a two-year extension of their partnership through which DASH will continue as one of the league’s official online auction platforms.   Through DASH’s auction platform, fans can bid on a variety of team jerseys, signed game pucks, sticks and more ...


    SPHL Announces Preseason Schedule

    Date:09/23/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (September 23, 2019) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Monday announced its preseason schedule:     Friday, October 11 Pensacola at Birmingham 7:00 pm Huntsville at Knoxville 7:30 pm   Saturday, October 12 Knoxville at Huntsville (@ Huntsville IcePlex) 3:00 pm Roanoke at Fayetteville (@ Cleland Ice Rink, Fort Bragg) 6:00 pm Macon at...


    SPHL Announces Peanuts Promotional Nights for 2019-2020 Season

    Date:09/19/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (September 19, 2019) - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that each of its 10 teams will be featuring a Peanuts promotional night during the 2019-2020 season.   The promotional nights will showcase specialty jerseys from OT Sports featuring classic Peanuts characters such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown.   After the games, the limited, game-wo...


    SPHL Announces Partnership with Nickelodeon

    Date:09/16/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (September 16, 2019) - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that they are teaming up with Nickelodeon for the 2019-2020 season and will feature the brand’s iconic properties in game promotions across the league’s 10 teams including SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PAW Patrol and Double Dare.  Throughout the ...


    Fayetteville Marksmen To Play First Professional Hockey Game on Military Installation

    Date:09/13/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Home to the Largest Military Installation in the World, Fort Bragg and Fayetteville are eternally linked by history, residence, and geography. History will once again link these two, as the Fayetteville Marksmen will play the first-ever professional hockey game on a Military Installation, hosted at Cleland Ice Rink on Fort Bragg on October 12 at 6 PM, taking on their...


    Mavric Parks Announces Retirement

    Date:09/04/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Birmingham Bulls front office announced on Wednesday that 2018-19 All-Star and Goalie of the Year, Mavric Parks has officially retired from professional hockey.  The Eganville, ON native set a franchise record with 30 wins in 2018-19 season with the Bulls and was only the second goalie in the history of the Southern Professional Hockey League to reach that mark. Parks ends his...


    SPHL Announces Partnership with Mossy Oak®

    Date:08/28/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (August 28, 2019)  - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that it has partnered with Mossy Oak®, America’s number one camo brand, on a series of themed game promotions for the 2019-2020 season. Each SPHL team will have an official Mossy Oak Game Night that will showcase one of three Mossy Oak camo-inspired jersey designs and feature in-ga...


    Marvel, SPHL Team Up For Super Hero™ Nights

    Date:08/19/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (August 19, 2019)  - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that the 2019-2020 season will feature Marvel Super Hero™ themed promotional nights across the league’s 10 teams. Throughout the season, SPHL teams will wear specialty jerseys from OT Sports featuring their logo alongside Marvel characters including Iron Man, Captain America...


    SPHL Announces 2019-2020 Playoff Format, Rule Changes

    Date:08/13/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTERSVILLE, NC (August 13, 2019) – The Southern Professional Hockey League on Tuesday announced the 2019-2020 playoff format and several rule changes that were adopted at the Board of Governors Annual Meeting.   2019-2020 Playoff Format: The top eight (8) finishers in the league standings will make the playoffs:   QUARTER-FINALS Series A - #1 Seed will play #8 Seed in a best...


    Former Knoxville Ice Bears Spencer Metcalfe hired as Assistant Coach

    Date:08/08/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Knoxville, TENN. (7 August 2019) – The Knoxville Ice Bears announced Wednesday Coach Jeff Carr has hired former Ice Bears defenseman Spencer Metcalfe as his Assistant Coach for the 2019-2020 season. Metcalfe, 28, assumes his first coaching position after playing three years as a professional player, with 41 games played in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Metcalfe is quick to s...


    DION RETURNS TO PEORIA AMID FLURRY OF ROSTER MOVES

    Date:08/02/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced today that the team has signed veteran winger Cody Dion to a professional tryout agreement for their 2019 training camp. Additionally, the Rivermen traded goaltender Stephen Klein’s SPHL rights to Roanoke for future considerations and released veteran winger Mike Gurtler in order to clear veteran space.   Dion, 29, returns to Peoria aft...


    Havoc Add Third University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Alum to Roster

    Date:08/02/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTSVILLE – The Huntsville Havoc have added another rookie to its training camp roster, signing Oklahoma City native Tanner Karty, the team announced Thursday. Karty (5-9, 185 pounds), a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point alum, played all four years in college, donning an “A” his junior season and a “C” his senior season. He will be joining former Stevens Point ...


    DAWGS BRING BACK MAC JANSEN

    Date:08/02/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs announced on Wednesday that forward Mac Jansen has signed an agreement to return to the team for training camp in October. Jansen returns to Roanoke after putting up 13 goals and 16 assists over 44 games during the 2018-19 season. He hit his stride in the postseason when he led the Rail Yard Dawgs with seven points over their five games. Janse...


    Bazevics Signs Training Camp Tryout

    Date:08/02/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    The Mayhem have signed their second defenseman to the training camp roster, adding Kristaps Bazevics to a tryout for the 2019-20 season.   Bazevics will return to Macon in October after playing nearly a full 2018-19 season in Middle Georgia. In 46 games played with the Mayhem last season, the Latvian led the team’s defensemen with 20 points (4G, 16A). It was not his first productive se...


    DAWGS ADD WAHLIN, STUBBS TO TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

    Date:07/31/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    ROANOKE, VA. – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs announced on Thursday two signings to the team’s training camp roster. Forward Brandon Wahlin and rookie forward CJ Stubbs have each signed agreements to join the team for camp in October. Wahlin heads to Roanoke for what will be his third full professional season. He spent the 2018-19 SPHL campaign with both the Knoxville Ice Bears...


    Cleve In The Eve: Big Cody Dion comes home, plus a Rivermen trade

    Date:07/31/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Cody Dion’s career was rescued by the Peoria Rivermen after he’d been released by another team in the 2015-16 season and was working as a cook at a barbecue restaurant. Now he’s bringing some sizzle back to the Rivermen lineup for the 2019-20 SPHL season. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound winger came out of retirement and signed with the Rivermen on Tuesday. “Sometimes you have a ...


    Brucato Back with Bears

    Date:07/31/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Knoxville, TENN. (29 July 29, 2019) – Jeff Carr and the Knoxville Ice Bears announced Monday the signing of forward Stefan Brucato, for the 2019-2020 season. Brucato, in his second professional season, had 31 points (9G, 22A) for the Ice Bears, in addition to the 30 points he posted for Knoxville during the 2017-2018 season. Brucato also had 76  points in 101 games plaid for Johns...


    Defenseman Kessler Re-Signed for Ice Flyers 2019-20 Season

    Date:07/31/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    Pensacola, Fla. (July 30, 2019) – Today the Pensacola Ice Flyers announced the return of Defenseman Jesse Kessler for the 2019-20 season. Jesse Kessler joined the Ice Flyers immediately following his four-year NCAA Division III tenure at Hamline University. Throughout the 2018-19 season, Kessler led the Ice Flyers in assists, totaling 20, while adding two goals for 22 points in 56 games...


    Mayhem Sign Jimmy Soper to Training Camp Roster

    Date:07/22/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem have begun filling their training camp spots for the 2019-20 season, starting by re-signing hard-hitting veteran Jimmy Soper to a tryout for the upcoming campaign.   “Jimmy brings the energy every game and every shift,” Mayhem Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations Leo Thomas said. “He’s a heart and soul guy who I’m looki...


    Kaiser to Return for Fifth Season, Bates Returning After Year in Canada

    Date:07/22/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    HUNTSVILLE – Nolan Kaiser, the longest-tenured active Huntsville Havoc player will be returning for the 2019-20 season, the team announced today. The Calgary, Alberta native will be entering his fifth season with the Havoc, after putting together his second-highest career point total (28) in 40 games during the 2018-19 season. The 6-foot, 216 pounds defenseman showed a flair for the dramat...


    Veteran defenseman, Joe Sova signed to training camp roster

    Date:07/22/2019   Source:SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League  

    ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs announced that veteran defenseman Joe Sova has been signed to an agreement to join the team for training camp in October.   It will be his eighth professional season and his second as a Rail Yard Dawg.   “I’m very excited to have Joe back,” said Dan Bremner, Rail Yard Dawgs head coach. “His high-end skill, wor...