Tiger Sharks Clubhouse
The Macon Coliseum was built in 1968, and in 1973 the Macon Whoopees made their debut in the Southern Hockey League.
Before the end of the first season, the IRS closed them down and bolted the doors -- on Valentines day of 1974, no less. Hockey did not return for another 23 years, with the "s" dropped from the end of the mascot name.
The Whoopee resurfaced in the Central Hockey League in 1996-97, and eventually changed the logo from a fig leaf to an angry whooping crane with a bee on the blade of his stick (the "bird and the bee" being a play on the team name).
The No. 99 jersey of Cleland "Keke" Mortson hangs from the rafters in the Macon Coliseum. It is one of only two numbers retired (No. 7 for the fans is the other). Mortson was the coach and team captain of the Macon Whoopees during the 1973-74 season. He scored 75 points (24 goals, 51 assists) in 59 games before the team was folded by the IRS.
Following the end of the 2000-01 season, the franchise rights to the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks were leased to the Macon Whoopee for one year, with an option for one additional year. The Macon Whoopee moved up to the ECHL for the 2001-02 season.
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