SPHL League Update – Spring 2019
By Billy Welker
It has been a very exciting season this year as the SPHL celebrated its 15th anniversary as a league.? This was the inaugural year for the Quad City Storm and we were without a team in Memphis/South Haven.? The RiverKings had been in the SPHL since 2011 and are certainly missed.? We welcomed ?new? equipment managers Ray Pack (Birmingham Bulls), Brian McQueen (Knoxville Ice Bears), Brennan Cody (Pensacola Ice Flyers) and Tyler Sands (Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs).? We are glad that Jordon Kadlik (Fayetteville Marksmen) and Mark ?Bones? Bradtmueller (Macon Mayhem) found new homes in the SPHL and Matt Schwegmann (Peoria Rivermen) found his way back to us.??
New AT?s to the SPHL? are Pete O?Fallon (Pensacola), Lisa Connelly (Macon), Brady Cufaude (Peoria), Ryan Murphy (Knoxville), Grant Duncan (Quad City) and Brock Potter (Evansville).
Last year was our first year to include a Challenge Round in playoffs.? It was such a success that it is back this season.? For the Challenge Round, the top three teams will have the opportunity to select their first round opponent from the teams seeded 5-8.
- The #1 seed will select their Challenge Round opponent first.
- The #2 seed selects from the remaining three teams, then the #3 seed selects from the remaining two teams.
- The #4 seed will play the team that was not previously selected.
- All series are best-of-three.
- The two remaining teams will meet in the best-of-three President?s Cup Final.
- Teams have the option, upon mutual agreement, to play a best-of-five President?s Cup Final series.
It was an honor to be a member of the 17-18 SPHL Playoff Champion team, The Huntsville Havoc. Good luck to all, as the season winds up and the playoffs begin.