1974–75 Southern Hockey League season

Southern Hockey League
Southern Hockey League teams, 1974–1975.
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The 1974–75 Southern Hockey League season was the second season of the Southern Hockey League. On July 31, 1975, Jack Riley was announced as the new commissioner of the SHL, taking over for interim leader Gene Hawthorne, of the Roanoke Valley Rebels.[1][2] The four existing teams returned from the previous season, joined by a fifth expansion team from Fayetteville, North Carolina. The new team was named after the Fayetteville Arsenal, and was scheduled to play at the Cumberland County Memorial Arena. In October 1974, owner Bill Raue moved the team, to Hampton, Virginia before playing any games, when availability of home ice dates became a problem.[3] The new Hampton Gulls moved into the Hampton Coliseum recently vacated by the Virginia Wings of the American Hockey League. The five teams played a complete schedule of 72 games, with the Charlotte Checkers winning the regular season, and the playoffs.[4]

StandingsEdit

Final standings of the regular season.[4]

GP W L T GF GA Pts
Charlotte Checkers 72 50 21 1 370 256 101
Hampton Gulls 72 43 28 1 323 262 87
Winston-Salem Polar Twins 72 32 40 0 300 345 64
Roanoke Valley Rebels 72 29 41 2 296 304 60
Greensboro Generals 72 23 47 2 262 384 48

WHA/NHL affiliationsEdit

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[5] Vancouver Blazers Buffalo Sabres
California Golden Seals
Greensboro Generals[6] Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades New York Islanders
Hampton Gulls[7] Cincinnati Stingers none
Roanoke Valley Rebels[8] Houston Aeros
Winnipeg Jets
none
Winston-Salem Polar Twins[9] none New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings

Scoring leadersEdit

Top 10 SHL points scoring leaders.[10]

Rank Player Team Goals Assists Points
1 Steve Hull Charlotte 39 75 114
2 Claude Chartre Hampton 33 79 112
3 Andre Deschamps Charlotte 59 42 101
4 Lorne Rombough Hampton 56 43 99
5 Ken Gassoff Winston-Salem 31 55 86
6 Wayne Zuk Greensboro 35 49 84
7 Camille LaPierre Roanoke Valley 35 45 80
7 Wally Olds Hampton 19 61 80
9 Bobby Guindon Roanoke Valley 40 38 78
10 Jamie Kennedy Winston-Salem 37 40 77

PlayoffsEdit

James Crockett Cup playoffs.[11]

Semifinals Final
      
1 Charlotte Checkers 4
4 Roanoke Valley Rebels 0
1 Charlotte Checkers 4
2 Hampton Gulls 2
2 Hampton Gulls ?
3 Winston-Salem Polar Twins ?

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New SHL Leader". Winchester Evening Star. Winchester, Virginia. July 31, 1975. p. 16. 
  2. ^ "Roanoke Rebels are Bankrupt". Petersburg Progress. Petersburg, Virginia. July 15, 1975. p. 8. 
  3. ^ Crossley, Drew (2014-08-30). "Southern Hockey League 1973 Archives". Fun While It Lasted. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "1974-75 Southern Hockey League [SHL] standings". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  5. ^ "Charlotte Checkers Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  6. ^ "Greensboro Generals Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  7. ^ "Hampton Gulls Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  8. ^ "Roanoke Valley Rebels Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  9. ^ "Winston-Salem Polar Twins Parent Team affiliate history". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  10. ^ "SHL 1974–75 League Leaders". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  11. ^ Mancuso, Jim (2005). Hockey in Charlotte. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 75–77. ISBN 0-7385-4230-X.