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Southern Hockey League (1973-77)

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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.


Team name Years Seasons City
Baltimore Clippers 1976–1977 1 Baltimore, Maryland
Charlotte Checkers 1973–1977 4 Charlotte, North Carolina
Greensboro Generals 1973–1977 4 Greensboro, North Carolina
Hampton Gulls 1974–1977 3 Hampton, Virginia
Macon Whoopees 1973–1974 1 Macon, Georgia
Richmond Wildcats 1976–1977 1 Richmond, Virginia
Roanoke Valley Rebels 1973–1976 4 Roanoke, Virginia
Suncoast Suns 1973–1974 1 St. Petersburg, Florida
Tidewater Sharks 1975–1977 2 Norfolk, Virginia
Winston-Salem Polar Twins 1973–1977 4 Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Regular season
  • 1974 - Roanoke Valley Rebels
  • 1975 - Charlotte Checkers
  • 1976 - Charlotte Checkers



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