Re: Roller Hockey International Book
Great questions. RHI's influence on the game was huge. It can't be understated. It fueled the growth of high-end skates, chassis and wheels, certainly. It brought a high-quality version of the sport into the public eye at arenas like the brand-new Arrowhead Pond (now Honda Center) in Anaheim, when most people's image of the game was kids playing in cul de sacs and adults playing with a ball instead of a puck and shooting at overturned trash cans.
I do believe that they were the first inline hockey league to play on Sport Court, as Sport Court was a major investor in the league.
As for 4-on-4 play, and no blue lines, I believe that preceded RHI. Tournaments like the Koho Cup, created by Paul Chapey and John Black had a lot to do with the rules of the game that RHI tweaked to its own ends.
And I will be discuss David McClane's World Roller Hockey League and Bill Raue's Major League Roller Hockey, as well.
I'd say more, but I'm saving it for my book.
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