1973–74 Southern Hockey League season
|Southern Hockey League|
|The original six teams in 1973–74.|
Teams from the EHL Expansion teams
The 1973–74 Southern Hockey League season was the first season of the Southern Hockey League. The league was formed when the Eastern Hockey League split in two; the southern teams became the Southern Hockey League, and the northern teams became the North American Hockey League. Four of the six founding members of the SHL came from the EHL, including the Charlotte Checkers, Greensboro Generals, Roanoke Valley Rebels, and the Suncoast Suns. Two expansion teams were added to complete the league, including the Macon Whoopees, and the Winston-Salem Polar Twins.
Six teams began the season, but two did not complete the schedule due to financial trouble. The Suncoast Suns folded on December 19, 1973. The Macon Whoopees forfeited a game against Charlotte on January 17, 1974 when players refused to play because of not being paid. The team eventually folded on February 15, 1974. The remaining four teams made the playoffs, with the Roanoke Valley Rebels finishing as James Crockett Cup champions.
Final standings of the regular season.
|Roanoke Valley Rebels||72||53||19||0||366||244||106|
|Winston-Salem Polar Twins||72||26||44||2||283||363||54|
Southern Hockey League franchises were primarily affiliated with World Hockey Association teams, however some also had agreements with National Hockey League teams. Summary of WHA/NHL affiliation agreements:
|SHL team||WHA parent clubs||NHL parent clubs|
|Charlotte Checkers||none||Buffalo Sabres|
|Greensboro Generals||Los Angeles Sharks||none|
|Macon Whoopees||Houston Aeros
|Roanoke Valley Rebels||Vancouver Blazers||none|
|Suncoast Suns||Minnesota Fighting Saints
New England Whalers
|Winston-Salem Polar Twins||Edmonton Oilers
New York Golden Blades/Jersey Knights
Top 10 SHL points scoring leaders.
|2||Claude Piche||Roanoke Valley||44||50||94|
|3||Camille LaPierre||Roanoke Valley||48||43||91|
|6||Michel Boudreau||Roanoke Valley||33||48||81|
James Crockett Cup playoffs.
|1||Roanoke Valley Rebels||?|
|4||Winston-Salem Polar Twins||?|
|1||Roanoke Valley Rebels||4|
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- "Charlotte Checkers Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
- "Greensboro Generals Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
- "Macon Whoopees Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
- "Roanoke Valley Rebels Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
- "Suncoast Suns Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
- "Winston-Salem Polar Twins Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
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