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???, 1998
     Southern Elite Hockey League logo
   
A new hockey league is set to begin play in September of this year, and Birmingham is rumored to be in the running for a team.

The Southern Elite Hockey League will be an independent Jr. A league based primarily in Florida and Alabama. There are also plans for a Chicago, Illinois team.

???, 1998
The local team will be owned by Dean Whitney.

???, 1998
The local team will play in the Pelham Civic Center Arena.

???, 1998
The local team will be named the Alabama Gunners.

???, 1998
The Gunners head coach will be Ted Oloriz.

September 1998
1998-99
  Southern Elite Hockey League  
   Alabama Gunners
   Chicago Force 
   Florida Gulls / Tampa Bay Blades
   Jacksonville Hammerheads 
   Orlando Fury 
   Space Coast Blast 
             
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Alabama Gunners logo    Chicago Force
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   Florida Gulls logo    Jacksonville Hammerheads logo
              
Orlando Fury logo   Space Coast Blast logo   Tampa Bay Blades logo    
             
September ??, 1998
The Florida Gulls relocate to Tampa with new owners and become the Tampa Bay Blades.

??? ??, 1998
Shortly after the season began, the Chicago Force fold due to excessive travel expenses.

Epilogue
The following year, the Southern Elite Hockey League returned to the Birmingham area. The Pelham Prowlers were a great success, winning the SPHL title.

 
 
 
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Last update: August 14, 2018