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LAFAYETTE, La. – One day after announcing the addition of the Quad City franchise to the Southern Professional Hockey League, the league has announced one of its bedrock members will be suspending operations for the coming season.

“This has been a very difficult decision for Robin Hurdle,” said President Jim Combs. “In addition to their tremendous charitable contributions to Southaven and the surrounding communities, the RiverKings have been an outstanding league partner for the past seven seasons. On behalf of the league and its Board of Governors, I would like to thank Robin for her efforts. The league is actively seeking new ownership in order to bring the team back for the 2019-2020 season.”

The Riverkings have been in existence in the Central Hockey League and SPHL since 1992, joining the SPHL in 2011. In spite of a roster torn apart by call-ups, the Riverkings made the SPHL playoffs for the seventh consecutive season this past season.

We will have more on this story as it develops.