The Southern Hockey League was a low-level minor professional ice hockey league that operated from 1973 to 1977. The SHL was one of two leagues along with the North American Hockey League, that were formed after the Eastern Hockey League ceased operations in 1973. The league began with six franchises and ended with seven, then folded midseason, on January 31, 1977.

The league's playoff championship the Crockett Cup was named in honor of James Crockett, Sr. who was a long time sports and entertainment promoter in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He was the owner of the Charlotte Checkers, the Charlotte Orioles minor league baseball team, and was a professional wrestling promoter; running Jim Crockett Promotions, which eventually became Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.


Team name Years Seasons City Fate
Baltimore Clippers 1976–1977 1 Baltimore, Maryland Fold with league January 1977
Charlotte Checkers 1973–1977 4 Charlotte, North Carolina Fold with league January 1977
Greensboro Generals 1973–1977 4 Greensboro, North Carolina folded January 7, 1977
Hampton Gulls 1974–1977 3 Hampton, Virginia Fold with league January 1977
Macon Whoopees 1973–1974 1 Macon, Georgia fold during season
Richmond Wildcats 1976–1977 1 Richmond, Virginia Folded January 3, 1977
Roanoke Valley Rebels 1973–1976 4 Roanoke, Virginia folded after 1975-76 season
Suncoast Suns 1973–1974 1 St. Petersburg, Florida fold during season
Tidewater Sharks 1975–1977 2 Norfolk, Virginia Folded January 7, 1977
Winston-Salem Polar Twins 1973–1977 4 Winston-Salem, North Carolina Folded January 7, 1977

Season Regular Season Champion James Crockett Cup Playoff Champion
1973-74 Roanoke Valley Rebels Roanoke Valley Rebels
1974-75 Charlotte Checkers Charlotte Checkers
1975-76 Charlotte Checkers Charlotte Checkers
1976-77 Hampton Gulls
(best record when league folds)
(League folds January 1977)