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SPHL announces expansion draft selections, protected lists

The SPHL announced the protected players list for each team for the 2017-18 season. (Mason Prince, WGXA)

HUNTERSVILLE, NC -- The Southern Professional Hockey League announced the players selected in the expansion draft held for the Birmingham Bulls on Tuesday. Any and all players not named to a returning team's protected list were available to be selected by Birmingham.

The Bulls took six players in the draft, including former Macon Mayhem forward Mark Rivera.

The league also released the protected lists for each team for the 2017-18 season. Because they're on the protected list, the following players cannot play for any other team in the SPHL other than the Macon Mayhem:

Jake Trask
Daniel Gentzler
Stephen Pierog
Stathis Soumelidis
John Siemer
Matt Johnson
Dennis Sicard
Brandon Pfeil
Eric Shand
Chris Joseph
Daniel Echeverri
Garrett Bartus
Troy Passingham

The Macon Mayhem look to defend their 2016-17 SPHL title when next season starts in October.

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