SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League

League Staff

Jim Combs, President

Jim Combs was named the third commissioner of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) prior to the 2007-08 campaign and promoted to League President for the 2010-11 season. Jim is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, where he grew up with a passion for hockey and golf. These interests have led him through many career developments.
Jim began officiating hockey when he was 18 years old. Combs also worked the video replay for the National Hockey League (NHL) in Greensboro, North Carolina the first two years of the Hurricanes. After working full time in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) for 4 years and working in the American Hockey League (AHL) during the last 2 years, he got into golf in Charlotte, while continuing to work part time as an ECHL official until 2006.
He started working at Ballantyne Resort, a four star and four diamond Luxury Collection Resort, three months after the golf course opened and was there until 2007 when he came on full-time with the SPHL. Combs started as an assistant pro two years later, became the Golf Events Coordinator and then the Head Golf Professional. He trained all resort employees on customer service and exceeding the needs of guests. During this time, he also served as the head coach of the men's golf team at Queens University, a NCAA Division III university in Charlotte. Jim is also a Professional Golf Association (PGA) Class "A" member, a graduate of the Golf Professional Training Program (GPTP) and a private pilot.

Doug Price, Vice President

Entering his 21th season in professional hockey and sixth with the SPHL, Doug brings extensive experience to the league having spent over a decade with the East Coast Hockey League office and four years with the ECHL's Texas Wildcatters.

Doug joined the ECHL in 1991 as the league's first Director of Information before moving into hockey operations the following season, where he worked with Commissioner Pat Kelly in the day-to-day administration of the league.  Doug remained in hockey operations for the next 10 seasons, including the last four as Vice President of Hockey Administration under President Rick Adams, where he was responsible for all league transactions, the monitoring and compliance of League playing rules in relation to team rosters, player contracts, salary caps and player eligibility.

In 2002, he joined Adams in starting the expansion (Beaumont) Texas Wildcatters.  During his four seasons with the Wildcatters, Doug oversaw the hockey operations, ticket and public relations departments and served as acting general manager for the 2004-2005 season.  On September 9, 2005, he was officially named the team's new General Manager.  Unfortunately, Hurricane Rita struck the Beaumont area just 15 days later, forcing a one-year suspension of play.  Doug relocated to California for the 2005-06 season, where he oversaw the Long Beach Ice Dogs ticket department and all Ticketmaster operations, assisted in game-night merchandise sales and directed on-ice promotions for Ice Dogs home games. Doug currently lives in Huntersville, NC with his wife, Lea Von, and daughters Alyssa and Kayla.

Mark Faucette, Director of Officiating

Entering his second season as the league's Director of Officiating, Mark began his career at the age of 20 and followed in the footsteps of his father, who worked as a linesman in the American Hockey League.

Mark, who joined the NHL in 1985, worked 918 regular season games, 72 Stanley Cup Playoff contests and was selected to referee at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.  Faucette also officiated the 1996 NHL All-Star Game in Boston and the International Ice Hockey Federation's first World Cup of Hockey that same year.

Mark is also a Supervisor of Officials for the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program.