This was the 1976-77 Southern Hockey League season. The league folded mid-season.

League DemiseEdit

The league imploded with dramatic speed in January 1977. The teams' rosters were decimated by numerous World Hockey Association callups, and the unstable fiscal situation resulted in further roster instability. On January 3, 1977, the Richmond Wildcats folded after not being paid for most of the season, followed hours later by the Greensboro Generals. On January 7, the Tidewater Sharks shut down after missing payroll, and the Winston-Salem Polar Twins followed suit on the same day. This left the SHL with just three teams--the Baltimore Clippers, Charlotte Checkers and Hampton Gulls.

Without enough teams to carry on alone, the SHL debated whether to end the season and play a round-robin tournament to determine a champion, play an interlocking schedule with the NAHL or International Hockey League, or fold. When the NAHL and IHL rejected overtures for interlocking play, the SHL decided a round-robin tournament was not viable and suspended operations on January 31, 1977. Plans to return in 1977-78 came to nothing, and the SHL never returned.

Regular seasonEdit

Hampton Gulls 50 32 16 2 198 152 66
Tidewater Sharks 41 26 13 2 158 131 54
Charlotte Checkers 50 22 25 3 180 186 47
Baltimore Clippers 47 21 24 2 182 169 44
Richmond Wildcats 38 21 16 1 160 144 43
Greensboro Generals 40 15 24 1 140 173 31
Winston-Salem Polar Twins 42 11 30 1 130 193 23

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