Nashville South Stars
|Nashville South Stars|
Central Hockey League|
Atlantic Coast Hockey League
|Home arena||Nashville Municipal Auditorium|
|Colors||Green, gold, black, white|
|Affiliates||Minnesota North Stars|
|1981–1983||Nashville South Stars|
|1990–1992||Roanoke Valley Rebels|
|1992–1993||Roanoke Valley Rampage|
|1994–2001||Tallahassee Tiger Sharks|
|2002–2003||Lexington Men O' War|
The Nashville South Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the Central Hockey League (CHL) for the 1981–82 season. They then played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL) for the 1982–83 season and part of the 1983–84 season before the franchise relocated to become the Virginia Lancers.
The South Stars were founded by Larry Schmittou, who was a principal owner of the Nashville Sounds minor-league baseball team. The team played at Nashville Municipal Auditorium, where the hockey seating configuration was such that spectators seated more than a row back in the seats that were above and behind the goal lines could not see the nets.
The Nashville South Stars played only for one season in the CHL before joining the Atlantic Coast Hockey League for the 1982-83 season. The franchise would relocate to Vinton, Virginia during the next season in December 1983.
- Mike Antonovich, a former Minnesota high school hero who starred in the World Hockey Association. He went on the play in the NHL with both the Minnesota North Stars and the New Jersey Devils.
- Goaltender Don Beaupre played in five games for the South Stars during an injury rehab posting.
- Bob Suter, a defenseman on the Miracle on Ice U.S. gold-medal team in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. His son, Ryan Suter, was the first-round draft choice of the NHL's Nashville Predators in 2003.
- John Tortorella, right wing, played with the South Stars during the 1983-84 ACHL season. In 1996 he became the Calder Cup winning head coach of the Rochester Americans, and in 2004 the Stanley Cup winning head coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
- Gene Ubriaco, head coach, went on coach the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL.
- Warren Young, a regular member of the 1981–82 team, wound up with Ubriaco and the Penguins and benefited one season from the assist-making of Mario Lemieux. But after one 40-goal season, Young quickly faded into obscurity.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|Central Hockey League|
- Nashville Dixie Flyers hockey team of the EHL at hockeydb.com
- Nashville South Stars 1981-82 hockey team player statistics | hockeydb.com
- Standings for the Nashville South Stars of the CHL at hockeydb.com
- Nashville South Stars hockey team of the CHL at hockeydb.com
- Nashville South Stars/Virginia Lancers hockey team of the ACHL at hockeydb.com
- Mike Antonovich hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com
- Don Beaupre hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com
- Bob Suter hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com
- John Tortorella hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com
- Gene Ubriaco hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com
- Warren Young hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com