The WHA2 was a minor professional hockey league that operated for the 2003-04 season, and was based in the Southeastern United States. It was purportedly founded as a development league for a planned higher league, the WHA (a new league designed in the spirit of the original World Hockey Association), but the WHA never got off the ground.
The league was founded in the spring of 2003 when David Waronker, owner of four ACHL teams, pulled his teams from that league due to his dissatisfaction with the league's leadership and its lack of paying medical claims. Waronker owned the Orlando Seals, the Jacksonville Barracudas, the Macon Trax (which he relocated to become the Lakeland Loggerheads), and the expansion Miami Manatees. A new team formed in Macon, retaining the name the Trax, and the (Pelham) Alabama Slammers were added to fill out the league's lineup. This action left the ACHL with just three surviving teams in Knoxville, Winston-Salem, and Fayetteville (Cape Fear). Despit... [Click for more]