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This is the 2017-18 Southern Professional Hockey League season.  This is the league's 13th season.

Membership Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 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).
  • During the spring of 2017 the Fayetteville FireAntz were sold and subsequently renamed the Fayetteville Marksmen
  • The Louisiana IceGators who had suspended operations for the 2016-17 season were quietly dissolved during early 2017.
  • The franchise rights of the former Louisiana IceGators were awarded to a new team to be based out of the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.[1]  The team is replacing the former Quad City Mallards franchise of the ECHL as that team had announced they were ceasing operations in the ECHL at the end of the 2017-18 season.[2]
  • On May 24, 2018 the Mississippi RiverKings announced they were suspending operations for the 2018-19 season.  The league is seeking new ownership in the hopes of bringing the organization back for 2019-20.[3]

Teams[edit | edit source]

Note * - Represents a franchise move.

Standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Peoria Rivermen 56 38 13 5 211 154 81
Macon Mayhem 56 33 16 7 214 174 73
Pensacola Ice Flyers 56 33 16 7 189 156 73
Huntsville Havoc 56 30 16 10 203 180 70
Knoxville Ice Bears 56 30 20 6 205 182 66
Evansville Thunderbolts 56 27 20 9 186 191 63
Mississippi RiverKings 56 29 25 2 193 181 60
Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs 56 26 26 4 170 195 56
Birmingham Bulls 56 22 28 6 159 199 50
Fayetteville Marksmen 56 12 38 6 144 262 30

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The top eight teams qualify.  All rounds are best-of-three.

Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

Final[edit | edit source]

2018 Southern Professional Hockey League champions Huntsville Havoc

References[edit | edit source]

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