1982â€“83 ACHL season
The 1982/83 season was the second regular season of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League. During the regular season, six teams should each 64 games contest, but the game plan had to be amended due to the premature, financially -related, leaving the Hampton Roads Gulls. In the play-offs, the Carolina Thunderbirds prevailed and won for the first time in their history the Bob Payne Trophy.
The following changes were made before the start of the season:
- The Baltimore Skipjacks merged with the Erie Blades and changed in the American Hockey League.
- The Erie Golden Blades were added as an expansion team in the league.
- The Hampton Roads Gulls were added as an expansion team in the league.
- The Nashville South Stars of the Central Hockey League have been included as an expansion team in the league.
- The Winston -Salem Thunderbirds changed their name to Carolina Thunderbirds.
- The Salem Raiders changed their name to Virginia Raiders.
Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime after defeat, GF = Goals Scored, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points