SPHL hockey will be dormant this season on Coast; will return 2015-16 season

dmbarber@sunherald.comJuly 17, 2014 

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALDColumbus Cottonmouths left wing Jordan Draper, left, and right wing Neilsson Arcibal converge on Missisippi Surge defenseman Nicholas Kuqali in action last season. The new ownership group for South Mississippi Hockey announced that it would be dormant for the 2014-15 season but return to the ice for the 2015-16 SPHL season.


BILOXI -- South Mississippi Hockey has announced that pro hockey on the Coast will be dormant for the 2014-15 Southern Professional Hockey League season.

South Mississippi Hockey plans to return to the ice for the 2015-16 SPHL season.

The Mississippi Surge suspended operations following the end of the 2013-14 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," Andy Makal, president and general manager of the new venture, said in a release.

Makal said that the ownership group felt like it would be better to wait a season rather than rush to make SPHL deadlines this summer.

"We felt it would be prudent to take the extra time to rebuild properly,'' he said.

Makal said the ownership group would be active in the community during this upcoming year, and would do some events in a timely manner concerning new uniforms and a new name for the team.

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