Alexandria, VA – Major League Roller Hockey (MLRH) has announced their expanded Summer 2010 Pro Tour and the return of its highly successful Slamm Hockey full contact CO-ED league. Five national events will included include the Pro Tour, Adult CO-ED Slamm Hockey, plus adult amateur events. The winning Pro team will receive $10,000 with the runner-up team receiving a $5,000 award. The Slamm Hockey winner will take home $5,000.
Built on the success of its highly competitive MLRH2, AAA and AA leagues, MLRH will offer four Pro Festival events leading to a National Championship weekend tentatively scheduled for August 22-23.
At this time, the Buffalo Wings, the 2009 MLRH Champions, are set to return and defend their title.
East Coast, West Coast and Midwest… Pick Your Qualifying Event
New to the MLRH Pro format is the addition of a West Coast qualifying event, designed to accommodate tournament teams without a suitable home facility for a traditional MLRH schedule. Each pro team will be required to play “one” Festival on either the East Coast, Midwest or West Coast which will seed them for the finals. Each team will play four games and their standings will determine their seeding and playoffs status. As each event’s standings are kept, the top two teams in the Pro division will be given byes to the semifinals, based on points and tiebreakers, while the other teams battle it out at the finals. After eliminating teams in the quarter finals, those left standing will meet the best performers of the 2010 Festivals.
“These cross-country matchups should create a real buzz,” enthused Bill Raue, MLRH President. “This series will have the best of the best meeting all across America.”
June TBA, West Coast PRO TOUR, Slamm Hockey, AAA and AA event
June TBA, East Coast PRO TOUR, Slamm Hockey, AAA and AA event
July TBA, Midwest PRO TOUR, Slamm Hockey, AAA and AA event
August, TBA “Last Chance” qualifying event August TBA, East Coast: MLRH will host a “wild card” festival where any pro, Slamm, AAA and AA team who wishes to move up in seeding, can play and have their results from this festival replace their previous festival results. This MLRH “Wild Card” festival allows teams to improve their seeding or qualify last minute. This festival will be scheduled in August prior to the Championships.
$10,000 Championship prize, $5,000 Finalist prize PRO division, $5,000 prize Slamm Hockey division.
August 20-22, TBA, MLRH Pro Tour Finals, SLAMM Hockey Finals, AAA and AA Finals
The Return of Slamm Hockey (and Slamm Hockey Lite)
Slamm Hockey is back and this time they are playing for cash. League officials believe this is the first time in roller hockey history that any prize money has been awarded for a coed event. Slamm Hockey is played with alternating lines of men vs. men and women vs. women in full contact action. Adding to the fun is that, in games carried on broadband TV, there are announcers on the players’ bench with each team discussing the action. It is not uncommon to hear the women dissing the men on their shift and vice versa.
Bill Raue, Slamm Hockey’s creator, calls it “90 percent pure hockey and 10 percent soap opera.” Slamm Hockey events will be a part of all of the Pro Tour stops. In its debut season, MLRH operated the various Slamm teams, but this time around, it is a wide-open competition open to any group that elects to form a team. For teams that enjoy the Slamm Hockey format but not the “Slamm” part, MLRH will also offer non-check Slamm Lite. The Quebec Mistral with Itan Chavira and Jenna Donnelly are the defending Slamm Hockey champions. The Mistral edged the New York Flash in OT to take the title in Buffalo.
Adult, AAA, AA and CO-ED Non-Check Events Included at Each Event
The summer festivals will include non-check AAA, AA and Co-Ed all advancing to the national championships the last weekend in August. While MLRH has long been identified with full-contact hockey, the addition of non-check leagues has opened the doors to many players who have used the AAA league as a vehicle to be seen by pro teams. The AA league has opened the MLRH door to many younger players who enjoy playing along side the pro events. There will be no prize money in these divisions but teams will enjoy the prestige of a MLRH National Championship.
Pro Tour Festival confirmed dates, locations, rates and all information will be available at www.mlrh.com by Monday, March 29.
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