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Roller Hockey International (1993-1999)

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Roller Hockey International (RHI) was an attempt to form a professional league out of the 1990′s craze for recreational in-line skating.  The league managed to attract several deep-pocketed NBA and NHL owners who were looking for summer time tenants for their arenas, including the Buss family in Los Angeles and Howard Baldwin in Pittsburgh.  But many of the other RHI clubs were mom-and-pop efforts who could not sustain the expenses of renting major arenas and subsidizing cross-country air travel.  The lack of an organic fan base for the sport of roller hockey was a problem in many cities.  Anaheim, California was an exception where the Anaheim Bullfrogs frequently packed big crowds (10,000+) into the Arrowhead Pond.

The league played five seasons from 1993 to 1997 and then took a year off to re-organize financially in 1998.  RHI returned for one final season in the summer of 1999 before folding for good.

==Franchise List==

Franchise Years Active Home Page Tagged Posts
Anaheim Bullfrogs 1993-1997 & 1999 Bullfrogs Home Tagged Posts
Atlanta Fire Ants 1994 Fire Ants Home Tagged Posts
Buffalo Stampede 1994-1995 Stampede Home Tagged Posts
Buffalo Wings 1997 & 1999 Wings Home Tagged Posts
Calgary Rad'z 1993-1994 Rad'z Home Tagged Posts
Chicago Bluesmen 1999 Bluesmen Home Tagged Posts
Chicago Cheetahs 1994-1995 Cheetahs Tagged Posts
Connecticut Coasters 1993 Coasters Home Tagged Posts
Dallas Stallions 1999 Stallions Home Tagged Posts
Denver Daredevils 1996 Daredevils Home Tagged Posts
Detroit Motor City Mustangs 1995 Mustangs Home Tagged Posts
Edmonton Sled Dogs 1994 Sled Dogs Home Tagged Posts
Empire State Cobras 1996 Cobras Home Tagged Posts
Florida Hammerheads 1993-1994 Hammerheads Home Tagged Posts
Las Vegas Coyotes 1999 Coyotes Home Tagged Posts
Las Vegas Flash 1994 Flash Home Tagged Posts
Long Island Jawz 1996 Jawz Home Tagged Posts
Los Angeles Blades 1993-1997 & 1999 Blades Home Tagged Posts
Minnesota Arctic Blast 1994 & 1996 Arctic Blast Home Tagged Posts
Minnesota Blue Ox 1995 & 1999 Blue Ox Home Tagged Posts
Montreal Roadrunners 1994-1997 Roadrunners Home Tagged Posts
New England Stingers 1994 Stingers Home Tagged Posts
New Jersey Rockin' Rollers 1994-1997 Rockin' Rollers Home Tagged Posts
Oakland Skates 1993-1996 & 1999 Skates Home Tagged Posts
Oklahoma Coyotes 1995-1996 Coyotes Home Tagged Posts
Orlando Jackals 1996-1997 Jackals Home Tagged Posts
Orlando Rollergators 1995 Rollergators Home Tagged Posts
Ottawa Loggers 1995-1996 Loggers Home Tagged Posts
Ottawa Wheels 1997 Wheels Home Tagged Posts
Philadelphia Bulldogs 1994-1996 Bulldogs Home Tagged Posts
Phoenix Cobras 1994-1995 Cobras Home Tagged Posts
Pittsburgh Phantoms 1994 Phantoms Home Tagged Posts
Portland Rage 1993-1994 Rage Home Tagged Posts
Sacramento River Rats 1994-1997 River Rats Home Tagged Posts
San Diego Barracudas 1993-1996 Barracudas Home Tagged Posts
San Jose Rhinos 1994-1997 & 1999 Rhinos Home Tagged Posts
St. Louis Vipers 1993-1997 & 1999 Vipers Home Tagged Posts
Tampa Bay Tritons 1994 Tritons Home Tagged Posts
Toronto Planets 1993 Planets Home Tagged Posts
Utah Rollerbees 1993 Rollerbees Home Tagged Posts
Vancouver Voodoo 1993-1996 Voodoo Home Tagged Posts

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April 2nd, 2012 at 4:03 pm

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