South Mississippi Hockey is saddened to announce that, despite a concerted effort, professional hockey on the Gulf Coast will remain dormant for the 2014-15 season. The group intends to return to the ice for the 2015-16 Southern Professional Hockey League (S.P.H.L.) season.
"With the Surge suspending operations and the time frame allotted, we felt it was best to take the upcoming season off to regroup and get everything from advertising and promotion to hockey operations to corporate partnerships in proper order," said Andy Makal, President and General Manager of the new venture.
"We believe that the extra time will allow us to develop stronger relationships in the community and provide a solid foundation for the future," said Makal. "The Gulf Coast deserves a great team both on and off the ice. Anything less would be unfair to the fans and businesses that have supported hockey here since 1996," he added.
The group still needs to work through the proper steps with the S.P.H.L., but looks forward to competing for the President's Cup once again next season.