COACH CHIC REVIEWS WHEELERS, DEALERS, PUCKS & BUCKS
Dennis Chighisola, better known to his students, readers and podcast listeners as "Coach Chic," was kind enough to review my new book. Please check it out!
by Coach Chic
I know it was a summer day in the early 1990’s when I walked through our family den, stopped and did a double-take, wondering why an ice hockey game would be showing on our TV.
Oh, it wasn’t ice hockey, as my son would explain, but a new league called RHI or Roller Hockey International. I’d actually worked in the amateur levels of ice hockey for a good many years, and I’d even used inline skates to train my players. The concept of a roller league, though – with some of ice hockey’s best rules and then a number of its own – seemed fascinating to me and thousands of other fans across North America.
Even more fascinating, however, is the stuff we fans would never know without the insight provided by Richard Neil Graham in his book about “Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks.”
For sure, Mr. Graham’s book is loaded with some class acts and some real characters, from the league’s founders to team owners to the coaches to the players. And so is the evolution (and sometime foul-ups) involving playing venues and equipment an interesting read.
“Turbulent” might be one good way to describe RHI’s brief history, or perhaps a near decade-long rollercoaster ride of frequent successes and failures. As for me, I couldn’t put the book down once it arrived, and I’ve just started reading it again for a second time. Ya, I found it THAT interesting.
Coach Chic/Dennis Chighisola
New England Hockey Institute