Birmingham Bulls (ACHL)

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Birmingham Bulls
Birmingham Bulls 1980s logo.gif
Sport Hockey
League Atlantic Coast Hockey League
Active 1983
Home ice BJCC
Record 2-1
Coach Dave Hanson
Website N/A

The Birmingham Bulls was a professional ice hockey team based in Birmingham that briefly played in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL) in 1983. Their home ice was the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC).

History

The team played the previous year in the Central Hockey League (CHL) as the Birmingham South Stars and lost money. During the summer, between seasons, team president Mike McClure began negotiations to move from the CHL to the ACHL, primarily in order to cut travel expenses for the team. The franchise had also had their support cut by the NHL's Minnesota North Stars. On July 28, McClure announced the team had officially joined the ACHL, which was hoping to expand from five teams to ten. At the time, Birmingham was to be the seventh.

The team's name proved to be an issue, as the Nashville South Stars, from which the Birmingham South Stars had split, had joined the ACHL the previous season. The Nashville team got into a dispute with the Birmingham team over the South Stars name, which the latter ultimately lost. They then decided to return to the Birmingham Bulls name.

When the official announcement of the Bulls participation in the ACHL was finally made, it was also announced that the head coach would be Dave Hanson, a former Bulls player with no prior coaching experience. On October 14, while the team was on the road for a pre-season game in Nashville, they were evicted from the BJCC until they could pay the $50,000 rental fee they owed.

Although they played some away games, the eviction caused the Bulls to delay their home season opener. ACHL officials gave the Bulls a deadline to find financing, which was then extended. Finally, on October 20, an anonymous donor agreed to provide $50,000. The donor then withdrew the money on October 25, but the league let the Bulls play two home games, giving them until the end of the week to secure financing. Desperate appeals for financing were made to people such as Birmingham Stallions owner Marvin Warner and coach Hanson's Slap Shot co-star Paul Newman, but none panned out. Without backing, the league suspended the team's operations on October 28 and it folded.

Roster

1983 record (2-1)

Pre-season

Date Opponent Result Score
10/14/1983 at Nashville South Stars W 5-4
10/18/1983 at Nashville South Stars W 7-2

Regular season

Date Opponent Result Score
10/22/1983 at Nashville South Stars L 5-2
10/25/1983 Mohawk Valley Stars W 8-0
10/27/1983 Mohawk Valley Stars W 7-3
Regular season results: 2-1
Preceded by:
Birmingham South Stars
Pro Hockey in Birmingham
1983
Succeeded by:
Birmingham Bulls (ECHL)

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