- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Surge minor league hockey team has suspended operations indefinitely and won’t play in 2014-2015.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1hnMJaN) that the Southern Professional Hockey League team made the announcement Friday, citing declining attendance and revenue.

Owners say they’re “seeking opportunities” to resume play in 2015-2016. Any hockey team would have to compete against the AA baseball team that’s moving to Biloxi for sports fans and their money.

According to a statement from the team, Surge officials weighed their options over the last few weeks and tried to keep the team in South Mississippi.

“We have done everything we can to keep hockey here,” team co-owner Jimmy Hodge said in the statement.

Another co-owner, Tim Kerr, said he hopes hockey can return to the Coast.

Biloxi is a great place with great hockey fans,” Kerr said. “We are still seeking opportunities for the following year, and if the right situation arises, hockey could return to Biloxi.”

The Surge played five years at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, replacing the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the East Coast Hockey League.

The suspension leaves Mississippi with one other hockey team in the SPHL - the Mississippi RiverKings. They play at the Landers Center arena in Southaven. There were formerly minor league hockey teams in Jackson and Tupelo, as well.

The Surge won the league championship in the 2010-11 season. This year, the team’s 22-34 record was good for eighth of 10 teams, and the Surge was swept out of the first round of the league playoffs by the Pensacola Ice Flyers.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com