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Scott Darling became the first SPHL player to reach the NHL, winning the 2015 Stanley Cup as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Darling played in the SPHL from 2010-2012 with Louisiana and Mississippi (RiverKings) (Photo credit Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

 

Since its inception in 2004, nearly 850 Southern Professional Hockey League players have been called up during the season to the ECHL or other ‘AA’ level (or higher) league, combining for over 13,650 games played.  Last season, 101 different players earned the opportunity to advance to the ECHL where they played a combined 1,496 games with each of the ECHL’s 27 teams. The 101 players called up were the most-ever in a single season while the 1,496 games played represented the second-highest total in league history.

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Team Players Loaned Games Played Total Callups
Birmingham 10 66 12
Evansville 8 145 8
Fayetteville 7 106 8
Huntsville 10 149 10
Knoxv 11 215 13
Macon 6 48 9
Pensacola 6 157 7
Peoria 6 46 7
Quad City 16 178 22
Roanoke 9 238 12
Vermilion County 14 148 18