There's a lot more to the state of Florida's hockey genealogy beyond the Bolts and Cats. - Joel Auerbach

Revisiting Florida's Hockey History

You'll have to look far earlier than the Panthers and Lightning when seeking the historical genesis of professional pucks in the land of palm trees and space launches as LBC's Todd Little offers up a nifty summertime compendium of the Sunshine State's history with the game of hockey, the roots of which may reach far deeper than most fans of the sport may have previously (and perhaps understandably) thought...

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Florida Hockey History: Florida Breakers

In 1976, former NHL exec Bill Putnam took three swings at bringing the WHA to the Hollywood Sportatorium and came up empty.

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Florida Hockey History: Jacksonville Barons

The rise of the WHA in 1972 pushed the legendary AHL Barons franchise out of Cleveland, all the way down to Jacksonville, where it would ultimately be laid to rest.

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Florida Hockey History: Suncoast Suns

In 1971, the city of St. Petersburg followed Jacksonville into the Eastern Hockey League, giving the Tampa Bay Area its first professional hockey team.

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First In Florida: Jacksonville Rockets

The dog days of summer are upon us and with things all quiet on the Panthers front, let's take a look back at the first professional hockey team to make a lasting impression in the sunshine state.

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