For the other league of the same name, see Atlantic Coast Hockey League.

Atlantic Coast Hockey League
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Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2002
No. of teams 6
Ceased 2003
Last champion(s) Orlando Seals

The 2002 version of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League was the second league to carry this name. It shared the name with the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, the early 1980s predecessor of the ECHL. The ACHL would last only one season, and was notable for the early-season move of the St. Petersburg Parrots to Winston-Salem, NC. After a bitter split among the franchises, the league split into two new leagues, the South East Hockey League and World Hockey Association 2. The franchhises would later rejoin each other for the 2004-05 season in a league that eventually became known as the Southern Professional Hockey League.

The Orlando Seals won the ACHL's only regular season and playoff championships.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Cape Fear Fire Antz Fayetteville, North Carolina Crown Coliseum 2002-2003 join South East Hockey League for 2003-04
Jacksonville Barracudas Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Coliseum 2002-2003

join World Hockey Association 2 for 2003-04

Knoxville Ice Bears Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Civic Coliseum 2002-2003 join South East Hockey League for 2003-04
Macon Trax Macon, Georgia Macon Coliseum 2002-2003 join World Hockey Association 2 for 2003-04
Orlando Seals Orlando, Florida Amway Arena 2002-2003 join World Hockey Association 2 for 2003-04
St. Petersburg Parrots St. Petersburg, Florida Bayfront Arena 2002-2002

relocated to Winston-Salem November 30, 2002

Tallahassee Tide Tallahassee, Florida Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center 2002 Could not secure lease; fold prior to playing
Winston-Salem Parrots Winston-Salem, North Carolina LJVM Coliseum Annex 2002-2003 fold after season ends
Huntsville Channel Cats Huntsville, Alabama Von Braun Civic Center 2003 awarded as an expansion team; join South East Hockey League for 2003-04
Miami Manatees Miami, Florida Miami Arena 2003 awarded as an expansion team; join World Hockey Association 2 for 2003-04

League Split[edit | edit source]

After the 02-03 season the Jacksonville Barracudas, the Macon Trax, the Orlando Seals, and, the ACHL expansion team, the Miami Manatees formed the WHA2 with the addition of the Lakeland Loggerheads and the Alabama Slammers. The Cape Fear Fire Antz and the Knoxville Ice Bears joined the SEHL with the Huntsville Channel Cats (who were also briefly an ACHL expansion team), the Tupelo T-Rex (who never played due to contractual issues with a previous professional league), and eventually the Winston-Salem T-Birds (who began the season known as the Winston-Salem Hockey Club) as the 4th team.

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OTL Pts
Orlando 59 43 14 2 88
Knoxville 59 36 21 2 74
Macon 59 31 25 3 65
St. Pete/W-S 57 28 23 6 62
Cape Fear 60 21 37 2 44
Jacksonville 60 18 41 1 37

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  Semifinals Final
                 
1 Orlando Seals 3  
3 Macon Trax 0  
    1 Orlando Seals 3
  2 Knoxville Ice Bears 0
2 Knoxville Ice Bears 3
4 St. Pete/Winston-Salem Parrots 0  


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