|Home ice||(proposed) Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center|
|Based in||Tallahassee, Florida|
|Colors||Navy Blue, Teal, Red, White|
|League||Atlantic Coast Hockey League|
|Head coach||Darryl Noren|
On March 29, 2002 Bill Coffey said that the chances of hockey returning to Tallahassee was somewhere between "100 and 110%." The ACHL officially announce their formation on April 9. David Adams was announced as the investor looking to bring a team to Tallahassee. As early as April 25, a lease deal was close to being done but on May 1, Adams backed out of owning the Tallahassee franchise to be a part investor in the Orlando Seals. Coffey said the team would look local investors and that it would not hinder hockey's return. On May 30, 2002, the Tallahassee Democrat published a story saying that the lease deal would likely be done within the week and it also mentioned that the Tallahassee franchsie was now owned by Coffey. One June 13, a story was published that citied the lack of office space for the team as the key bump in the road that was keeping a lease deal from being completed. June 27 a story was published saying that the team would have a lease done in mid-July; July 12 to be exact. The office space was available but Coffey decided to wait to sing and announce the lease until he announced the staff, colors, name, and logo.
Despite all the press saying a lease deal was imminent, a deal still hadn't been done by August 8 when the Tallahassee Democrat ran a story that explained that Coffey was concerned with the amount of practice time the team would get and the dates of the home games. It also mentioned that the Civic Center had made a good faith move to allow the Tide to move into the office even without a lease.
Two days later on August 10, the Democrat ran a story stating that the Civic Center's director had grown tired of waiting for Coffey to sign a lease deal and he had issued a scathing ultimatum saying that the Tide had until Wednesday (Aug. 14) at 5 PM to sign a lease deal. Coffey said he was still concerned with the dates available and Spencer shot back "That's a smoke screen. Quite frankly, he's just looking for excuses." On August 14, when a lease had not been signed, the ACHL announced the 6 teams for its inaugural season and Tallahassee wasn't on the list. Coffey said that lack of support was not the reason Tallahassee didn't get a team and that the issue was the practice time and game dates stating, "It's a busy arena that probably doesn't need professional hockey at this time."
- ACHL to Return Ice Hockey to Tallahassee
- Hockey Close to Return
- Civic Center Offers Deal to Hockey Team
- Adams Backs Out
- Civic Center, hockey team close to deal
- No room at Civic Center - yet - for ACHL offices
- ACHL team to get lease in mid-July
- Civic Center, Coffey waiting on each other
- Tide may roll out before they roll in
- ACHL Announces 2002-03 Lineup
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