Tropical Hockey League
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The Tropical Hockey League was an ice hockey league based in Miami, Florida. The first attempt to establish professional hockey in Florida or any other Southern state, the league lasted only one season, 1938-39, before folding. The Tropical Hockey League consisted of four teams, the Coral Gables Seminoles, the Miami Clippers, Miami Beach Pirates, and the Havana Tropicals, all of which played at the Metropolitan Ice Palace in Miami. The league played a 15-game season before folding; it had no impact on popularizing hockey in the Southern United States.
There would be no further attempt to establish professional hockey in the Southern United States until 1956, when the Eastern Hockey League placed the Charlotte Clippers, later the Charlotte Checkers, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Florida did not get another team hockey team until the Jacksonville Rockets joined the EHL in 1964. From 1992–1995 there was another minor hockey league based in Florida, the Sunshine Hockey League.
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- Mancuso, Jim; Pat Kelly (2006). Hockey in Charlotte. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-4230-X. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
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