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Mayhem-rival Columbus ceasing operations in 2017-18

The Macon Mayhem hit the ice at home against the Columbus Cottonmouths during the 2016-17 season. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

COLUMBUS, GA -- One of the original members of the SPHL is no more.

Announced Wednesday, the Columbus Cottonmouths will cease operations for the 2017-18 season after 21 years on the ice at the Columbus Civic Center.

For months, speculations surrounded the team on whether or not they would return to the ice. Previously, team owner Wanda Amos announced the possibility of ceasing operations if a buyer was not found.

SPHL Commissioner Jim Combs said despite ceasing operations for next season, the league hopes to have the team return to the ice the following year.

Established in 1996, the Cottonmouths helped create the SPHL in 2004. This past season the Cottonmouths fell 2-1 in the opening series of the President's Cup Championship playoffs to the Macon Mayhem.

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