2008–09 SPHL season

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2008–09 SPHL season
League Southern Professional Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Season champions Knoxville Ice Bears
Season MVP Travis Kauffeldt (Huntsville)[1]
Top scorer Kevin Swider (Knoxville)
Playoffs
Finals champions Knoxville Ice Bears
  Finals runners-up Fayetteville FireAntz
Playoffs MVP Kirk Irving (Knoxville)
SPHL seasons

The 2008–09 Southern Professional Hockey League season was the fifth season of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The regular season began August 24, 2008, and ended April 16, 2009, after a 60-game regular season and a four-team playoff. The Knoxville Ice Bears captured their second consecutive championship.

Preseason[edit]

The Jacksonville Barracudas franchise was suspended from the season due to lack of an arena. The team would eventually fold.[2]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Team[3] GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
Knoxville Ice Bears 60 35 16 9 216 171 79
Columbus Cottonmouths 60 31 22 7 194 196 69
Fayetteville FireAntz 60 30 25 5 212 224 65
Huntsville Havoc 60 29 24 7 204 197 65
Richmond Renegades 60 30 27 3 215 235 63
Twin City Cyclones 60 25 29 6 208 236 56
William B. Coffey Trophy winners
     Advanced to playoffs

Attendance[edit]

Team Total Games Average
Huntsville 106,848 30 3,561
Fayetteville 102,637 30 3,421
Knoxville 101,054 30 3,368
Richmond 99,071 30 3,302
Columbus 82,415 30 2,747
Twin City 33,909 30 1,130

President's Cup playoffs[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                                     
  1  Knoxville Ice Bears 6 4 2 3 3  
4  Huntsville Havoc 4 2 4 4 2  
  1  Knoxville Ice Bears 5 1 3 1 1 5 3
  3  Fayetteville FireAntz 2 3 2 4 2 4 1
3  Fayetteville FireAntz 3 7 4 3 2
  2  Columbus Cottonmouths 9 3 3 5 0  

Finals[edit]

April 3, 2009
7:35 pm
Fayetteville 2 – 5
Knoxville James White Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
Attendance: 2,417
April 4, 2009
7:35 pm
Fayetteville 3 – 1
Knoxville James White Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
Attendance: 2,519
April 10, 2009
7:35 pm
Knoxville 3 – 2 (OT)
Fayetteville Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, NC
Attendance: 2,113
April 11, 2009
7:35 pm
Knoxville 1 – 4
Fayetteville Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, NC
Attendance: 2,111
April 12, 2009
5:00 pm
Knoxville 1 – 2
Fayetteville Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, NC
Attendance: 1,810
April 15, 2009
7:35 pm
Fayetteville 4 – 5 (OT)
Knoxville James White Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
Attendance: 2,128
April 16, 2009
7:35 pm
Fayetteville 1 – 3
Knoxville James White Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
Attendance: 2,705

Awards[edit]

SPHL Award winners were announced April 23, 2009.[4]

President's Cup: Knoxville Ice Bears
Coffey Trophy: Knoxville Ice Bears
League MVP: Travis Kauffeldt (Huntsville)
Rookie of the Year: Michael Richard (Twin City)
Defenseman of the Year: Kevin Harris (Knoxville)
Goaltender of the Year: Andrew Gallant (Knoxville)[5]
Coach of the Year: Scott Hillman (Knoxville)
Playoff MVP: Kirk Irving (Knoxville)[6]

All-Star selections[edit]

Rookie All-Stars

United States F Sam Bowles (Columbus)
Canada F Ryan Busby (Richmond)
Canada F Michael Richard (Twin City)
Canada D Kyle Lundale (Columbus)
Canada D Travis Martell (Knoxville)
United States G Ryan Scott (Richmond)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SPHL honors Kauffeldt". The Huntsville Times. March 24, 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Gates, Nick (June 21, 2009). "Murray liking SPHL expansion". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "SPHL Standings". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Renegades Named SPHL Award Winners". Press release. March 23, 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Mississippi's Bill Zaniboni Named Goaltender of the Year". Press release. April 1, 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Gates, Nick (April 16, 2009). "Repeat performance on Hockey Top". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 17 March 2010.