ABOUT THE SUPER LEAGUE...
Alexandria, VA March 12, --In a dramatic announcement, Major League Roller Hockey (MLRH) has announced that it will return to it's roots with the introduction of the first 'real" proroller hockey league in 15 years.
The Major League "Super League" will debut with 8-10 teams in an eight game demo season with teams playing a "home and home" schedule. Super League team rosters will feature a mix of pro ice hockey players from the ECHL, Central League, Southern Professional and Federal Leagues plus graduating college ice hockey players as well as "pure" roller hockey players from the MLRH Pro Tour ranks.
In making the announcement, Doug Jones, MLRH Commissioner said, "We have made great strides at MLRH with our Pro Tour that now includes the world's best roller hockey players playing in 15 countries world wide. Over the past year, MLRH games and programming has attracted over 760,000 viewers and that is unprecedented for roller hockey. The problem is that the present system of several teams playing monthly at a designated city cannot be sold as a league. Nobody will own or support a team if the teams never have home games. Additionally, without
the support of the mainstream media, this sport will never grow and is doomed to remain a niche sport."
Quite simply, it is the goal of the MLRH Super League to be exactly the same as any professional sports league,
playing in the summer allows us to market to families as there are no "school nights."
Welcome to the Super League!
Pittsburgh had artificial ice at the Duquesne Gardens prior to 1900
First indoor skating rink, circa 1890
First profesonal league with paid players ($35 per week).
The legendary Shamrock sweater
Captain of the
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets,
1923-24 United States
The "Donut man" played
FIRST PRO LEAGUE
featured the Calumet Miners, Houghton-Portage Lakers, Miuchign Soo Indians, Canadian Soo and the Pittsburgh Pros
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SUPER LEAGUE EAST STANDINGS
Ohio River Monsters
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This Sunday at the slightly unusual
game time of Noon, the Steel take
on the Ohio River Monsters as
they battle to stay in the Division
playoff hunt. The Monsters will be
coming into SportZone Arena on the second day of a brutal road trip that has Ohio playing the DC Filibusters Saturday night in Washington, DC and then hitting the road to Murrysville to take on an angry Steel team at noon.
STEEL vs. OHIO RIVER MONSTERS
Sunday, July 20, at Noon SportZone Arena
MEET YOUR PITTSBURGH STEEL...
STEEL LET ONE GET AWAY VS. PHILLY...
Above; Bodies flying about in matchup with Philly. Below Steel's Clay Plyler in hot pursuit of Philadelphia player.
The Steel matchup great with Philly. Problem is, they are an expansion team and the Demons have been around a long time. The Steel caught the Philadelphia Demons flat footed Saturday night as they jumped off to a 5-1 lead at the end of the first period.
Then Philly's experience began to take over.
Fran Szilagyi, the Demon's grizzled veteran opened the period with a score to get Philly started on the come back trail. Padraig Nolan, Matt Hellhake and Joe Hutchinson got on the scoring bandwagon and the Demons had clawed their way back to within a goal at 6-5 at the half.
Jeff Leach gave the Steel a little breathing room in the 3rd but the 7-5 lead evaporated at the end of the period as Philadelphia struck for four goals in 2:25 to take a 9-7 lead
going into the final quarter. Two shorthanded goals within 45 seconds was the killer for Pittsburgh. 'That was devastating," said Steel Captain Shaun Grubbs. "At this level, you cannot allow those things to happen"
The good news is one hell of a rivalry was born Saturday night and the rematch in Philly should be a doozy.
With three Jr. A players in Clay Plyler, Jeff Leash and Dillon Hunter plus a core of veterans, the Steel look like a solid contender.
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Christian Ricketts G
Left: Kevin Duncan and team Captain Shaun Grubbs
Left: sSeel goalie Cody Reeve and Justin Knizek