Mississippi Surge

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Mississippi Surge
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City Biloxi, Mississippi
League Southern Professional Hockey League
Founded 2009
Home arena Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Colors Blue, Gold, Metallic Silver, White
                   
Owner(s) Surge LLC (Tim Kerr)
General manager Tim Kerr
Head coach Jeff Bes
Media The Sun Herald
Franchise history
2009–Present Mississippi Surge
Championships
Playoff championships 1

The Mississippi Surge is a professional hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League that began play in the 2009-10 season. Based in Biloxi, home games are played at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum also known as "The Power Plant".[1]

History[edit]

The Mississippi Surge began play 2009 following the suspension of operations of the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the East Coast Hockey League. The disbandment of the Sea Wolves left South Mississippi without a hockey team or a professional sports team. A new team was announced to begin play in 2009 and the team held a name-the-team contest on their temporary webpage. On June 17, the Surge unveiled their name, logo, and colors.[2] The team was to be coached by long time Sea Wolves player and coach Steffon Walby.

In the franchise's first season in the SPHL the Surge had great success. After finishing first in the league at 34-14-8 at the end of the regular season, the Surge were presented the William B. Coffey Trophy as the regular season champions. The Surge advanced to the play-offs and faced the Columbus Cottonmouths in a series that they won 3-1. In the championship round the Surge were defeated by the Huntsville Havoc, the Huntsville Havoc swept the Surge 3-0. In addition to winning the William B. Coffey Trophy, the Surge also won many of the league’s player awards. Steffon Walby was chosen as Coach of the Year, Steve Weidlich was chosen as Defenseman of the Year and was named team captain the following season, and Bill Zaniboni was chosen as the Goalie of the Year.

In the team's second year of operation, the Surge facing adversity with numerous injuries and call-ups of key players, again managed to finish the season in first place with an over-all record of 37-19. The Mississippi Surge were again crowned the Regular Season Champions and received the 2010-2011 William B. Coffey Trophy for their second year in a row. The Surge played the Knoxville Ice Bears in Round 1 of the 2010-2011 Play-offs and advanced to the SPHL Finals after winning the series 3-2. In the SPHL Finals the Surge were matched up against the 2nd Seed Augusta Riverhawks and swept the series 3-0 claiming their first President's Cup.

The Surge moved into their third year of operation under new ownership as Pensacola Ice Flyers owner, Tim Kerr bought the team from Coast Hockey LLC. Under new ownership, the Surge hired rookie Head Coach Jeff Bes. They went 29-24-3 in his first season as Head Coach.

During the offseason, Team owner Tim Kerr informed fans that the team would need to reach 1000 season ticket holders by the start of this season, to stay viable on the coast. He later had a meeting and told fans the number had been revised to 800 season ticket holders. Fans collaborated to achieve 816 season ticket holders. There was a counter visible to fans on mssurge.com. The Surge have since removed the counter and it is not known how many season tickets have been sold.

The Surge started their 4th SPHL season on October 27th against the Pensacola IceFlyers at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

The Surge started their 5th SPHL season on October 25th against the Louisiana IceGators at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Current Roster[edit]

Forwards
No. Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
11 United States Chris Chambers F 6' 3" 200 lbs. Crofton, Maryland, USA
13 Canada Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn LW L 5' 11" 190 lbs. Sharon, Ontario, Canada
14 United States Rob Campbell F 5' 10" 175 lbs. Reading, Massachusetts, USA
23 United States Jeff Grant F 6' 0" 165 lbs. Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
Defensemen
# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birt
27 United States Nick Klaren D 6' 1" 200 lbs. North St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
  • Head Coach: Jeff Bes
  • Player-Assistant:

Season Records[edit]

  • 2010/2011 Season no points were given for OTL

Championships and awards[edit]

Since its debut in the 2009–2010 SPHL season, The Mississippi Surge and its players have won three different championship trophies and numerous player awards.

Championships[edit]

Year Position GP W L OTL Pts Pct GF GA PIM Coach Result
2009-10 1st 56 34 14 8 76 0.607 168 139 1344 Steffon Walby Lost in Finals
2010-11 1st 56 37 19 * 74 0.660 207 157 1059 Steffon Walby League Champions
2011-12 5th 56 29 24 3 61 0.545 166 162 976 Jeff Bes Lost in Quarterfinals
Year League Trophy
2009-2010 SPHL Commissioner's Cup
2010-2011 SPHL Commissioner's Cup
2010-2011 SPHL President's Cup

'11 President's Cup Champions roster[edit]

Forwards
No. Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
7 Canada Michael Richard C 5' 9" 190 lbs. Saint-Constant, Quebec, Canada
9 Canada Matt Zultek LW L 6' 4" 210 lbs. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
11 United States Chris Chambers F 6' 3" 200 lbs. Crofton, Maryland, USA
13 Canada Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn LW L 5' 11" 190 lbs. Sharon, Ontario, Canada
14 United States Rob Campbell F 5' 10" 175 lbs. Reading, Massachusetts, USA
15 United States Rusty Masters C L 6' 0" 185 lbs. Grafton, Ontario, Canada
16 United States Adam Bartholomay F R 5' 11" 216 lbs. Agoura Hills, California, USA
23 United States Jeff Grant F 6' 0" 165 lbs. Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
26 United States Jason Beeman RW R 5' 11" 213 lbs. Los Angeles, California, USA
28 Canada Ryan McCarthy C 5' 10" 185 lbs. Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Defensemen
# Player Pos. Shoots Height Weight Place of Birth
2 United States Shane Wagner D 6' 0" 190 lbs. Stillwater, Minnesota, USA
3 Canada Jeff Winchester D L 6' 2" 205 lbs. Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada
5 Canada Greg Moore D 5' 10" 200 lbs. Châteauguay, Quebec, Canada
22 United States Glenn Cacaro D L 6' 0" 190 lbs. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
25 United States Jack Wolgemuth D 6' 3" 185 lbs. Anchorage, Alaska, USA
27 United States Nick Klaren D 6' 1" 200 lbs. North St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
42 Canada Steve Weidlich D L 6' 2" 210 lbs. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Goaltenders
# Player Pos. Catches Height Weight Place of Birth
31 Canada Dan Earles G 5' 11" 175 lbs. Penetang, Ontario, Canada
33 United States Bill Zaniboni G R 6' 1" 210 lbs. Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
  • Head Coach: Steffon Walby
  • Player-Assistant: Steve Weidlich

Player Awards[edit]

2009/2010 SPHL Goal-Tender of the Year: Bill Zaniboni
2009/2010 SPHL Defenseman of the Year: Steve Wiedlich
2009/2010 SPHL Coach of the Year: Steffon Walby

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SOUTHERN PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE COMES TO THE COAST". TheSPHL.com. May 7, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Coast Hockey announces new team name". The Sun Herald. June 17, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2009. [dead link]

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