World Hockey Association 2

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World Hockey Association 2
WHA2 logo.png
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2003
Commissioner David Waronker
No. of teams 6
Ceased 2004
Last champion(s) Jacksonville Barracudas

The World Hockey Association 2 was a minor professional ice hockey league[1] created at the instigation of the organizers of the proposed recreated World Hockey Association to serve as its development league. The WHA2 teams — some of which had played the 2002–03 season in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League — were all in the southeastern United States. David Waronker was the league's founder[2] and also served as the league's commissioner.[3]

The WHA2 operated in the 2003–2004 season only, after which (due to a falling-out with the parent organization) it was served a cease-and-desist from the WHA and ceased operations. David Waronker was credited with both the founding and collapse of the league. In addition he owned or co-owned all of the teams in the league. Its surviving teams merged with survivors of the South East Hockey League to form the Southern Professional Hockey League for the 2004–2005 season.

The Jacksonville Barracudas won the WHA2's first and only President's Cup. Jacksonville also hosted the first and only WHA2 All-Star Game.

Teams[edit]

2003–04 season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
Jacksonville Barracudas 59 40 18 1 0 233 175 81
Alabama Slammers 58 34 20 2 2 224 196 72
Macon Trax 56 30 20 3 3 218 193 66
Orlando Seals 57 27 25 2 3 198 197 59
Miami Manatees 48 24 19 4 1 215 213 53
Lakeland Loggerheads 58 13 38 4 3 181 295 33

Playoffs[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 Jacksonville Barracudas 2
5 Miami Manatees 1
1 Jacksonville Barracudas 2
3 Macon Trax 0
2 Alabama Slammers 0
3 Macon Trax 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. p. x. ISBN 1-894974-21-2. 
  2. ^ Friedlander, Brett (April 23, 2003). "Leagues continue power struggle". The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, N.C.). Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Skolnick, Ethan J. (March 7, 2004). "Minor-leaguers to finish season on road". South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). p. 18.C. Retrieved September 19, 2011.