Savannah, Georgia does not have a minor league hockey team but for the past 18 years they have been a hockey town one weekend during the winter. This weekend, the Savannah Civic Center will the host the 19th Annual Savannah Hockey Classic featuring four college hockey teams from the Southeast. Teams from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and Florida State will compete for this year’s Thrasher Cup. Florida State won the cup last year. Georgia Tech has won the most Savannah Hockey Classics with seven.
On Friday, Georgia Tech plays Florida State followed by Georgia versus Florida. On Saturday, Florida faces Florida State then Georgia plays Georgia Tech for their rivalry showdowns on the ice.
For the four schools, ice hockey is not a scholarship sport. They are self-funded club sports teams and they receive little funding from their schools.
The Georgia Ice Dawgs will be favored to win the Thrasher Cup this year which goes to the winner of the tournament. The Ice Dawgs have a 21-3 record and have beaten Georgia Tech and Florida already this season.
Thrasher Cup Titles:
- Georgia Tech (7) – 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012
- Georgia (6) – 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013
- Florida (3) – 2010, 2014, 2015
- Florida State (2) – 2008, 2016