Guys/gals, this is NOT the biggest problem in the world, but...
A little while ago, on another thread, I announced that I have just closed the doors to my inline rink. My building landlord refuses to continue to work with me any further (behind on rent...seemingly perpetually on and off for almost three years now). My business is now out of business.
I spite of this, or maybe because of it, I have decided to renew my efforts to make the world of roller hockey what it should be. I need to get a job, so I spend the day out looking...
My evenings are going to be spent making a neighborhood roller hockey game come into being. Let's go down to a tennis court, set up two goals of some variety, throw a roll-a-puck out there, and let's play.
Kids' who stop and ask, I'll give 'em a flyer about how they can get some equipment and come play. i'll get on the phone and invite everybody to come out and join the party. Yeah, it's outdoors, yeah it's not ice hockey, but it is true roller hocky.
Kinda like that Eagle River thing is to ice...kinda like Richard's original game set out in Santa Monica beach parking lots, kinda like that fantasy nieghborhood in Mystery, Alaska.
While we're at it, I am tired of reading articles about pro hockey players who have graduated from roller hockey to real ice hockey. Our constantly reporting on that doesn't help roller hockey, it hurts it. It perpetuates the myth that you only play roller when you're learning, or when there's nothing else to play. I DO want to hear from guys who love roller hockey, and prefer it over anything/everything else. I have probably skated over 6,000 hours on ice during my lifetime, but hey, I really do not care any further about it.
Okay, enough rant. I'll let you know how it goes in the next few months or so. Thanks for listening.