Macon Trax

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Macon Trax
City Macon, Georgia
League Atlantic Coast Hockey League
(2002-03)
World Hockey Association 2
(2003-04)
Southern Professional Hockey League
(2004-05)
Founded 2002
Home arena Macon Coliseum
Colors Black, Gray, Yellow, White
Owner(s) Macon Hockey Club, Inc.
Head coach Brian Curran (2002-03)
Tom Stewart (2003-05)

The Macon Trax were a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Macon, Georgia. They played in the low minor leagues Atlantic Coast Hockey League (2002–03), World Hockey Association 2 (2003–04) and Southern Professional Hockey League (2004–05), playing their home games at the Macon Coliseum. The team went to the championship finals in both the WHA2 and the SPHL, losing in each series to the league champion. This history prompted head coach Tommy Stewart to tell the Macon Telegraph that the team was "always a bridesmaid, never a bride."

The Trax were one of eight minor league hockey teams purchased or founded by real estate mogul David Waronker starting in 2003. By January 2007 all but one of those teams had ceased operations. Following the termination of the Trax in 2005 its players were dispersed by draft to the Pee Dee Cyclones and Florida Seals, two new teams entering the SPHL for the 2005-06 season. Stewart was given a coaching contract with the Florida team, which lost in the 2006 SPHL finals. (The Florida Seals also ceased operations in January 2007)

Nearly a decade after the Trax folded, the SPHL will return to Macon in the 2015-16 season. The new team, the Macon Mayhem, was formerly known as the Augusta RiverHawks. The RiverHawks relocated to Macon after the ice refrigeration system at the James Brown Arena malfunctioned in late February 2013, forcing the team to suspend its operations.[1]

2004-2005 season roster[edit]

  • Wilson, Tom
  • Dimasi, Lou
  • Davidson, Chris
  • Mnatsakanov, Art
  • Macmillan, Bob
  • Duggan, Chris
  • Zoryk, Steve
  • Miller, Craig
  • Roukes, Jeff
  • Allen, Mark
  • Gurskis, John
  • Welch, Edan
  • Dawes, Dominick
  • Handrahan, Casey
  • Geerlinks, Craig
  • Cairns, Mark
  • Rivard, Ryan
  • Deeves, David
  • Denike, Terry

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SPHL Approves RiverHawks' Move To Macon, GA For 2015-2016 Season". The SPHL. Retrieved 25 June 2014.