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The Pacific Hockey League was a low-level minor professional hockey league that existed for two seasons in 1977-78, and 1978-79. Its member teams from California, Arizona and Washington states, replaced the void left by defunct World Hockey Association franchises, with some teams sharing the names of their predecessors.

The league started play in December, 1977, with three new teams in Long Beach, San Francisco, and San Diego. The Phoenix Roadrunners left the Central Hockey League to join the new league.

The next season the Long Beach team moved to Los Angeles and an expansion team was started in Tucson. The Spokane Flyers joined almost intact from the Western International Hockey League (WIHL).

However the teams in San Francisco and Los Angeles withdrew on January 18, 1979, because of severe financial problems. The Tucson team was kept alive with help from the other three teams.

When the regular season ended the playoffs were cancelled. There was no ice in Tucson and the ice machine was broken in Spokane. There were only a few dates available in San Diego and Phoenix.

The league then folded. Spokane rejoined the WIHL. San Diego and Phoenix had hoped to join the Central Hockey League but it never happened.


Team name Years City
Long Beach Sharks/Rockets 1977-78 Long Beach, California
Los Angeles Blades 1978-79 Los Angeles, California
Phoenix Roadrunners 1977-79 Phoenix, Arizona
San Diego Hawks 1978-79 San Diego, California
San Diego Mariners 1977-78 San Diego, California
San Francisco Shamrocks 1977-79 San Francisco, California
Spokane Flyers 1978-79 Spokane, Washington
Tucson Rustlers 1978-79 Tucson, Arizona



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