Macon Whoopee (CHL)

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Not to be confused with Macon Whoopees (SHL) or Macon Whoopee (ECHL).
Macon Whoopee logo from late CHL and ECHL eras, featuring a bird and a bee. The bird is a whooping crane.

The Macon Whoopee is a defunct professional ice hockey team that played from 1997 until 2001 in the Central Hockey League (CHL). Located in Macon, Georgia, the team played its home games at the Macon Coliseum.

History[edit]

A professional ice hockey team known as the Macon Whoopees, played in the Southern Hockey League during the 1973–74 season, but poor attendance led the team to disband in mid-season.

Hockey was not resurrected in Macon until 1996. The new team, known as the Whoopee (without the plural "s"), played in the Central Hockey League from 1996 to 2001. After several owners endured seasons of poor attendance and monetary losses, the team finally went under in 2001.[citation needed]

Hockey returned to Macon for the 2001–02 season when the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) were relocated to Macon Georgia where they also became known as the Macon Whoopee,[1] but they played just one season in Macon.

Later efforts to continue professional hockey in Macon led to the formation of the Macon Trax, also now defunct.

Etymology[edit]

The name 'Whoopee' was a reference to a sexual slang, popularized by the Gus Kahn-penned tune "Makin' Whoopee" and the TV game show The Newlywed Game. Facilitating the double entendre, the second team's mascot was the whooping crane, menaced by a bee ("the birds and the bees").

Further reading[edit]

  • Buckley, Bill; Grisamore, Ed (1998). Once upon a Whoopee. Mercer University Press. ISBN 0865546258. 

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