Former Riverkings GM dies

Former Riverkings GM dies
Former Riverkings GM dies (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The man who brought professional hockey back to Mid-South, and turned it into one of the areas longest running pro franchises, has died.

former Memphis Riverkings general manager Jim Riggs passed away Wednesday after suffering a heart attack over the weekend..

Riggs guided the 'kings for 10 years, first as an original member of the central hockey league at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1992, and later shepherding their move to the DeSoto County Civic Center - now Landers Center- in 2001,

The Riverkings lasted 26 years before their demise in 2018.

The kings made the playoffs in seven of the 10 years under Riggs’ direction.

Jim Riggs was 69 years old.

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