By Billy Byler, Augusta Chronicle
A Southern Professional Hockey League expansion team set to begin play at James Brown Arena in the fall will be named the Augusta River Hawks. The team name was announced this afternoon when the results of an online name-the-team poll were released at a news conference held by team owners Bob and Diane Kerzner.
More than 100 local hockey fans cheered after the name was announced at the news conference at Somewhere in Augusta. The name received 41.8 percent of the fan vote in an online poll at augustachronicle.com this week and beat out the other four finalists: the Chill, Brigade, Snipers and Patriots.