Birmingham Bulls (SPHL)

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Birmingham Bulls
2018–19 SPHL season
Birmingham Bulls (SPHL) logo.png
CityPelham, Alabama
LeagueSouthern Professional Hockey League
Home arenaPelham Civic Center
ColorsRed, black, grey, white
Owner(s)Art Clarkson
Head coachJamey Hicks
CaptainCraig Simchuk
Franchise history
2017–presentBirmingham Bulls

The Birmingham Bulls are a professional ice hockey team in Pelham, Alabama, that began play in the 2017–18 season as a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The team is named after the previous Birmingham-area teams in the World Hockey Association and East Coast Hockey League.


In 1992, Art Clarkson obtained the rights to an East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) franchise for Birmingham and named it after the former World Hockey Association team, the Birmingham Bulls. However, he sold the ECHL team in 1997 and it eventually relocated in 2001. In early 2017, Clarkson began proposing a new Bulls team to begin play due to the increased presence of hockey in the area.[1] Due to arena issues, the team could not play at the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex like the other former teams, but instead settled on the smaller Pelham Civic Center in nearby Pelham, Alabama, in February 2017.[2] The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced its approval of the Bulls as an expansion team on April 26, 2017.[3]


  1. ^ Walsh, Lauren. "Former Birmingham Bulls owner sets sights on Pelham for professional hockey team". ABC 33/40. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Pelham council approves ice arena lease for professional hockey team". WBRC. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Birmingham Bulls to Join SPHL for 2017–18". Arena Digest. April 27, 2017.

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