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"The ice age comes to the Suncoast!"
(Team photo courtesy of Gregg Pilling)
Welcome to the official website dedicated to the memory of the Suncoast Suns Hockey Club of the Eastern Hockey League & Southern Hockey League. The Suns played the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons in the EHL and in their final season, from October to December 1973 in the SHL.
The Suncoast area of St. Petersburg on Florida's west coast hosted the Suns with their home games played in the Bayfront Center Arena on Tampa Bay. The Suncoast Suns hockey team was the area's first professional hockey team and laid the groundwork for future teams including the Tampa Bay Lightning across the bay in Tampa.
The Suncoast Suns were considered a class D hockey team in the rough and tough Eastern Hockey League. The entire Southern Division withdrew from the EHL in May of 1973 and formed the Southern Hockey League. The Suns didn't complete their first season in the SHL. The team folded in December of 1973.
The Suns combined record was 66-93-21 in 180 regular season games. The 1972-73 season saw the Suns set highs in games played 76, wins 30, and losses 37. The Suns never had a winning season, although they did reach the playoffs.
Shown here are a Suns reproduction home and away jersey. The dark road jersey on the left and the white home jersey on the right.
The Bayfront Center shown below was the Suns home for the two plus seasons of their existence.
Home Ice-The Bayfront Center
St. Petersburg, Florida
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