The Southern Hockey League was a minor professional hockey league that operated for four seasons, from 1973 to 1977. It was primarily based in the southeastern part of the United States. The founding teams were the Roanoke Valley Rebels, Charlotte Checkers, Greensboro Generals, Winston-Salem Polar Twins, Macon Whoopees, and Suncoast Suns.
There had been a growing rift between the northern and southern divisions of the EHL for several years. The southern teams were dissatisfied over regulations regarding the number of players that could dress per game (the EHL only dressed 13-14 skaters) and over other player regulations. In addition, to save on travel expenses in recent years the two divisions played each other only rarely during the regular season. In May of 1973, the entire southern division of the Eastern Hockey League withdrew membership from the EHL to form the SHL. The existing Roanoke Valley Rebels, Charlotte Checkers, Greensboro Generals, and Suncoast Suns were join... [Click for more]