MLRH News January 13th

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Published on January 16, 2012 with No Comments


With the MLRH West down to a battle for second-place behind the undefeated Mission Axiom, MLRH fans attention now turns to a 45-day mad dash in the MLRH East with twelve games packed into 45 days- – with every team in the chase.
Best of all, it’s going to be a bruising, knock down battle in a division where finesse takes a back seat to big hits, dropping the gloves and a generous helping of trash talk. Welcome to the MLRH East boys and girls where the Chicago Carnage, Detroit Assault, Buffalo Excitement and the New York Rockers are poised to create mayhem in a division that considers itself “tougher than the rest,”

After an opening round that had new MLRH fans in Hockeytown (technically, Novi MI, a Detroit suburb) cheering every hit, all four teams left the arena promising to add some bigger heavy hitters for round two. Kenny Van Skye, the Chicago GM, promises an even tougher version of his team and Andy Billheimer has told anyone who will listen that the NY Rockers will be tougher
next time around and the Buffalo Excitement promise wholesale changes. Only the Detroit Assault seem content to keep their lineup intact.

Who will win is anybody’s guess but one thing is certain… but come championship weekend, California fans are guaranteed a show of old- time, blue-collar hockey. These teams wouldn’t want it any other way.

GM Andy Billheimer Signs New Player For New York Rockers…Andy Billheimer

Eight months ago, Andy Billheimer thought he would never play again and, to keep his hand in the game, signed on as coach of the NY Rockers. After two hockey concussions, it was a work accident that brought Billheimer down when a skid dropped on his head. 4Now, with a clean bill of health,the high scoring forward is “lacing ‘em up” for the Rockers. Keep your head up Andy!

Roller Hockey TV to air from Arizona

The details have yet to be finalized but MLRH and Roller Hockey TV have committed to broadcast an Arizona Arsenal game live from the Castle in Phoenix. The Arsenal, a 2011-12 expansion team have set the standard for expansion teams in MLRH and the league is eager to award them a TV date. ‘This team has been just great and so professional in everything they do. I wish we could clone them,”laughed MLRH commissioner Doug Jones. Without a doubt, the Arsenal play in the most unique arena in MLRH, with an actual castle facade.

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About Doug Jones

Doug Jones has been in the inline industry since 1991. He has developed and worked with both successful ice and inline hockey programs and was the former Director of Hockey operations for the Wayne Gretzky Roller hockey centers from 1997 - 2006 (WGRHC became CARHC). He has been a state director for California, Hawaii and South Carolina with State Wars and worked as a NARCh national tournament director from 2006 - 2010. Doug continues to work to grow the sport and is the commissioner for MLRH (Major league roller hockey) Doug can be reached at

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