The Southern Hockey League was a minor professional hockey league that was based in the southern USA. It operated for just one season, in 1995-96.
The SHL was originally formed around the cities of Savannah, Georgia; Florence, South Carolina; Macon, Georgia; Huntsville, Alabama; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It then attracted the attention of two teams which had been playing in the Sunshine Hockey League - the Jacksonville Bullets and the Daytona Beach Sun Devils. A third Sunshine League team, the West Palm Beach Blaze, later joined the new league, and the Lakeland Ice Warriors finally joined the party, but only after gaining new owners and a new nickname, the Prowlers. Daytona Beach renamed itself the Breakers, and West Palm Beach renamed itself the Barracudas, also after being sold to new owners.
By the time the league started, the Huntsville Channel Cats and the Winston-Salem Mammoths were the only new teams to join with the ex-Sunshine cities. The league ... [Click for more]