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.
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.
|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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