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Eastern Conference
Southern Division

Here is a team-by-team look at the Southern Division of the Eastern Conference.

Charlotte Checkers
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Arena (Capacity): Cricket Arena (9,634)
Division: Southern
Coach: Don MacAdam, 5th Season (127,94,30)
NHL Affiliate: New York Rangers
AHL Affiliate: Hartford Wolf Pack
2002-03 In Review
Record: 41-28-3
Points: 85
Northeast Division Finish: 5th
Overall ECHL Finish: T 12th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.64 (4th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.25 (13th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 17.8% (15th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 82.0% (12th)

Columbia Inferno
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Arena (Capacity): Carolina Coliseum (6,231)
Division: Southern
Coach: Scott White, 3rd Season (83-45-16)
NHL Affiliate: Vancouver Canucks
AHL Affiliate: Manitoba Moose
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Kelly Cup Finals to Atlantic City (4 games to 2)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 47-23-2
Points: 96
Southeast Division Finish: 1st
Overall ECHL Finish: 3rd
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.68 (T 2nd)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 2.81 (4th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 21.9% (3rd)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 86.1% (1st)

Florence Pride
Location: Florence, South Carolina
Arena (Capacity): Florence City-County Civic Center (7,426)
Division: Southern
Coach: Perry Florio, 1st Season
NHL Affiliate: Chicago Blackhawks
AHL Affiliate: Norfolk Admirals
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Southeast Division Finals to South Carolina (3 games to 0)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 40-26-6
Points: 86
Southeast Division Finish: 3rd
Overall ECHL Finish: T 10th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.39 (11th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 2.96 (10th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 17.0% (20th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 83.0% (8th)

Florida Everblades
Location: Estero, Florida
Arena (Capacity): TECO Arena (7,080)
Division: Southern
Coach: Gerry Fleming, 3rd Season (72-50-22)
NHL Affiliate: Carolina Hurricanes
AHL Affiliate: Lowell Lock Monsters
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Southeast Division Wild Card Game to Greenville (1 game to 0)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 35-23-14
Points: 84
Southeast Division Finish: 4th
Overall ECHL Finish: T 14th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.32 (14th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.38 (T 19th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 17.0% (19th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 79.0% (23rd)

Greensboro Generals
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Arena (Capacity): Greensboro Coliseum (8,570)
Division: Southern
Coach: Rick Adduono, 2nd Season (42-21-9)
NHL Affiliate: Toronto Maple Leafs
AHL Affiliate: St. John’s Maple Leafs
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Northeast Division Finals to Atlantic City (3 games to 1)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 42-21-9 Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.26 (16th)
Points: 93 Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 2.93 (T 7th)
Northeast Division Finish: 2nd Power Play (ECHL Rank): 19.5% (10th)
Overall ECHL Finish: 5th Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 85.2% (2nd)

Greenville Grrrowl
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Arena (Capacity): BI-LO Center (7,479)
Division: Southern
Coach: John Marks, 6th Season (177-143-36)
NHL Affiliate: Independent
AHL Affiliate: Chicago Wolves
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Southeast Division Semifinals to Columbia (3 games to 0)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 28-36-8
Points: 64
Southeast Division Finish: 5th
Overall ECHL Finish: 22nd
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.01 (19th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.64 (24th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 15.4% (22nd)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 79.5% (21st)

Roanoke Express
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Arena (Capacity): Roanoke Civic Center (8,642)
Division: Southern
Coach: Tony MacAulay, 2nd Season (15-7-4)
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Northeast Division Semifinals to Greensboro (3 games to 1)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 42-24-6
Points: 90
Northeast Division Finish: 3rd
Overall ECHL Finish: 9th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.68 (2nd)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.32 (T 16th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 21.6% (5th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 81.9% (13th)

South Carolina Stingrays
Location: North Charleston, South Carolina
Arena (Capacity): North Charleston Coliseum (10,529)
Division: Southern
Coach: Jason Fitzsimmons, 2nd Season (42-22-8)
2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs: Lost Southeast Division Semifinals to Pee Dee (3 games to 1)
2002-03 In Review
Record: 42-22-8
Points: 92
Southeast Division Finish: 2nd
Overall ECHL Finish: T 6th
Goals Per Game (ECHL Rank): 3.44 (9th)
Goals-Against Average (ECHL Rank): 3.13 (12th)
Power Play (ECHL Rank): 21.9% (4th)
Penalty Killing (ECHL Rank): 82.2% (9th)