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Jacksonville Barracudas
City: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
League: Atlantic Coast Hockey League
World Hockey Association 2
Southern Professional Hockey League
Founded: 2002
Home Arena: Jacksonville Coliseum
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Jacksonville Ice
Colors: navy blue, red
Owner(s): Stephen Croskrey
General Manager: Gilles Richard
Head Coach: Kurt Wickenheiser
2002-2003 (44 g)
Ron Duguay
2002-03 (16g),2003-2006
Rick Allain
Media: Florida Times-Union
Franchise history
2002-2008: Jacksonville Barracudas
2008-2009: Suspension of Operations for one year
Regular Season Titles: 2003-04 Commissioner's Cup (WHA2)
Playoff Championships: 2003-04 President's Cup (WHA2)

The Jacksonville Barracudas are a Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) ice hockey team based in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. The Barracudas play at Jacksonville Ice.


Atlantic Coast Hockey League

The Barracudas began play in 2002 in the Jacksonville Coliseum in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL), which ceased play after the 2002-03 season. During the 2003 offseason the Barracudas changed both buildings and leagues, as the Coliseum was demolished to be replaced by the 15,000 seat Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, and the World Hockey Association 2 (WHA2) was formed.


The WHA2 was envisioned to be a minor league for the renaissance of the New World Hockey Association. Though the new WHA never took the ice, the WHA2 did play for one season, 2003-04.

The Barracudas won both the regular season title and the league championship of the WHA2. On April 16, 2004 the Barracudas won the second consecutive game of a best-of-three series against the Macon Trax to bring the city of Jacksonville its only professional hockey championship.

The WHA2 disbanded in the 2004 offseason.

Southern Professional Hockey League

The Barracudas joined the Southern Professional Hockey League for the 2004-05 season, ending with a third place finish and a semifinal loss in the playoffs. They finished the 2005-06 season in the bottom of the SPHL standings, and improved to above .500 in 2006-07, finishing sixth in the league with a 25-24-7 record.

On April 4, 2007 the Barracudas defeated the Columbus Cottonmouths in a best-of-five playoff series, 3 games to 1, vaulting Jacksonville into the SPHL Finals for their first time. The victory over Columbus advanced the Barracudas to the final round against quarter- and semifinal winner Fayetteville FireAntz. The first two games of the best-of-five final series were won by Fayetteville on the Fireantz' home ice, before the series returned to Jacksonville where the Barracudas won Game 3 of the series by a 3-2 score. On April 18, 2007 the Fireantz won the fourth game of the series by a score of 5-3 to win the SPHL President's Cup. Following the 2006-07 season the Barracudas announced their move to Jacksonville Ice for the subsequent season.

In 2007-08 the Barracudas finished second overall during the regular season and made their second consecutive appearance to the SPHL President’s Cup Finals (losing to Knoxville Ice Bears).

One Year Suspension of Operations

On April 30, 2008 the Jacksonville Barracudas Hockey Club announced that it has requested a one-year suspension of operations from the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Steve and Janet Croskrey, majority owners of the Barracudas, expressed their intent to the SPHL Monday, April 28th, and the team’s office was closed. Team President and General Manager Gilles Richard will continue to look for potential investors and explore venue opportunities to support pro-hockey in the North Florida area.


Year League Trophy
2003-2004 WHA2 Commissioner's Cup
2003-2004 WHA2 President's Cup

External links

  • Jacksonville Barracudas homepage
  • The Southern Professional Hockey League website

Southern Professional Hockey League
Teams: Columbus Cottonmouths (GA) • Fayetteville FireAntz (NC) • Huntsville Havoc (AL) • Knoxville Ice Bears (TN)
Louisiana IceGators (2009) (Lafayette) • Mississippi Surge (Biloxi) • Pensacola Ice Flyers (FL)
Looking to relocate (Suspended Operations for the 2009-10 season): Twin City Cyclones (Winston-Salem, NC)
Former Teams: Macon Trax (GA) • Winston-Salem Polar Twins (NC) • Asheville Aces (NC) • Florida Seals (Orlando)
Jacksonville Barracudas (FL) • Pee Dee Cyclones (Florence, SC) • Richmond Renegades (VA)
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