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Mississippi Surge have pulled the plug

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Local owner Jimmy Hodge said, We have done everything we can to keep hockey here.

Surge owner Tim Kerr said a steady steep decline in revenue over the past five years effectively forced team ownership into the unfortunate position of indefinite suspension, but there is still hope for die hard hockey fans on the coast. He added Biloxi is a great place with great hockey fans.

Kerr said we are still seeking opportunities for the following year and if the right situation arises, hockey could return to Biloxi.

On June 17, 2009 more than 100 hockey fans turned out for today's unveiling of the new name of the SPHL Mississippi franchise, one of 7 teams that will compete during the 2009-2010 hockey season.

Former Mississippi Sea Wolves player and head coach Stefan Walby became the first Surge head coach.  Back in 2009 he said,"I'm very proud to stand up here and bring to you guys a new generation of hockey, a new league, a new name, a new identity."

Walby would guide the Surge to the 2011 SPHL championship and was fired before the 2011-2012 season. Another former Seawolves player, Jeff Bes would coach the Surge over the final three seasons.

Attendance never did reach the heights needed to maintain a level that the owners could be satisfied with... but there was solid core of fans who were loyal to the Seawolves and Surge, but not enough to keep hockey skating on the ice inside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Once it was announced that minor league baseball was coming to the coast, we had an idea that hockey would most likely come to an abrupt end and it did.

 

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