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This is the 2016-17 Southern Professional Hockey League season.  This is the league's 12th season.

Membership changes

  • On October 20, 2015, the league announced that the franchise rights to the former Mississippi Surge franchise had been sold and the new rights owner would establish a team based out of Roanoke, Virginia.  The team will be based out of the Berglund Center.  The team's name was later announced as the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs.
  • As a result of the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL announcing they would be relocating to Owensboro, Kentucky (originally for the 2016-17 season; but later having to sit out the season due to renovations needed at the arena), The SPHL announced that an expansion team was awarded on March 16, 2016 to commence play with the 2016-17 season.  The team was later announced as being named the Evansville Thunderbolts.
  • On May 16, 2016 longtime league member, the Louisiana IceGators announced they would be sitting out the 2016-17 season as their home arena, the Cajundome would be undergoing extensive renovations.  The renovations are scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2016; and limited dates were available during the month of December. The team looked at several options including playing the first two plus months on the road or using an other venue in Louisiana for their home games. The team's management concluded "at this time suspending operations for this season would be the best route to take."
  • In early March 2017, the owner of the Columbus Cottonmouths, who had been trying to sell the team, announced that the team will cease operations after the 2016-17 season if a new owner is not found.  The team was reported to be in the process of being sold, however; it would not be in time to keep the team active for the 2017-18 season as the team announced they were suspending operations for the 2017-18 season.
  • On April 26, 2017 the league announced an expansion team to be based out of the Pelham Civic Center in Pelham, Alabama in suburban Birmingham to be called the Birmingham Bulls (SPHL).  The team will begin play for the 2017-18 season.  The team is owned by the former owner of the Birmingham Bulls (ECHL).
  • The Louisiana IceGators who had suspended operations for the 2016-17 season were quietly dissolved during early 2017.

Teams for 2016-17

On Hiatus

Team City/area Arena Founded Joined Head coach
Louisiana IceGators Lafayette, Louisiana Cajundome 1995 2009 Kevin Kaminski

* - Represents a franchise move.


Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Macon Mayhem 56 37 13 6 178 146 80
Fayetteville FireAntz 56 36 17 3 174 130 75
Peoria Rivermen 56 32 13 11 182 145 75
Huntsville Havoc 56 34 16 6 200 165 74
Mississippi RiverKings 56 32 21 3 172 162 67
Knoxville Ice Bears 56 29 20 7 175 178 65
Pensacola Ice Flyers 56 27 21 8 171 154 62
Columbus Cottonmouths 56 22 30 4 153 199 48
Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs 56 17 30 9 158 216 43
Evansville Thunderbolts 56 14 32 10 138 206 38

President's Cup Playoffs


The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.  All series are best of three




2017 SPHL champs Macon Mayhem