SPHL League Update – Fall 2019
By Billy Welker
Welcome to the 16th season of the Southern Professional Hockey League. But, before we get started, congratulations to Ray Pack from the Birmingham Bulls and Lisa Connelly of the Macon Mayhem on being named Equipment Manager and Athletic Trainer of the year for the 2018-2019 season. Jason Lopez and I are very honored to be a part of the SPHL President cup winning team, for the second year in a row, the Huntsville Havoc.
We have a few new rule changes for this season. Teams will no longer have to play shorthanded when a player is assessed a league suspension. The playoffs, which in years past had included a Challenge Round, will now go back to the traditional format for the top 8 teams. Teams will be permitted to carry a 20th player on their playoff roster. The 20th player may only be an amateur player who had been signed to an ATO with that team within the last 14 days of the season.
The SPHL is proud to have Warrior returning as their exclusive equipment supplier for on-ice equipment and off-ice apparel for the 3rd consecutive season.
New faces this year are Ryan Sanford (Fayetteville Markmen), Scott Picton (Knoxville Icebears), Evan Watts (Macon Mayhem), Kamden Herges (Peoria Rivermen) Max Finley (Peoria Rivermen), Chad Ray (Roanoke Railyard Dogs)
The SPHL family was saddened by the announcement of the death of Birmingham Bulls founder, Art Ckarkson. His name will always be synonymous with pro sports in Birmingham.
Good luck to all, may it be a safe and successful season.