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July 8, 1996 | PAUL McLEOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After every Roller Hockey International game, hundreds of kids are allowed to lug hockey sticks, roller pucks and caps into the locker room in search of their favorite players' autographs. No one can say RHI, Ltd., doesn't know its fan base. Those little-known signatures may not be worth a lot at a sports memorabilia show, but they mean something to the youngsters who seek them. And their value is even more apparent to RHI, which stages its third annual all-star game at the Pond at 7 tonight.
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August 6, 1999 | DIANE PUCIN
On the same night that Mark McGwire said he no longer uses the controversial dietary supplement Androstenedione, Kevin Kerr and Hugo Belanger sat outside the locker room of the Anaheim Bullfrogs of the Roller Hockey International league to make passionate defenses of their sport and to furiously denounce the actions of one of their countrymen. It hasn't caused a big stir here, but last weekend the Canadian roller hockey team won the Pan American Games gold medal, beating the U.S. in the final.
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October 12, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
After being banned from almost every school in the city, roller hockey players now will have four rinks of their own. To the cheers of players and parents, the City Council on Monday approved building a tournament-style rink as part of a future park and renovating the city-owned Upper Marguerite tennis courts into a roller hockey facility. "This could be very nice," Councilwoman Sharon Cody said. "This is something special where everyone finds something they like."
SPORTS
June 26, 1999
Hugo Belanger tied a franchise record with seven points and the Bullfrogs defeated the Chicago Bluesmen, 13-2, in a Roller Hockey International game Friday in Geneva, Ill. Belanger, the leading scorer in RHI with 31 points, had three goals and four assists to extend his scoring streak to eight games. Teammate Tom Menicci had three goals and two assists. The Bullfrogs (5-1-2) took a season-high 48 shots, compared to 31 for Chicago.
MAGAZINE
August 27, 1995
Inline skating has sparked a boomlet: roller hockey. Expected dollar value for inline skating industry (clothing, protective equipment, accessories and skates) in 1995: 1 billion. In 1994: 700 million. Estimated number of inline skaters in 1994: 18,773,000. Percentage increase from 1993: 50. Estimated number of roller skaters in 1994: 14 million. Percentage decrease from a peak in 1989: 35. Estimated number of amateur roller hockey players in 1994: 3,678,000. Percentage increase from 1993: 58.
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January 21, 1997
The roller hockey players at In-Line Kingdom say they're gearing up to- at least temporarily-beat out one of their toughest opponents: county zoning ordinances. Built behind In-Line Kingdom, an in-line skate store in an unincorporated area near Pasadena, the rink has attracted hundreds of 5- to 16- year- old roller hockey players. Store owner Wally Schneider said he built the outdoor rink two years ago unaware that his little- used parking lot on Backus Street was not zoned for recreational use.
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October 6, 1996
A new multiuse court at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas can serve as a regulation-size roller hockey rink, as basketball and volleyball courts, or as a combination of all three. The $90,000 court is a centerpiece of the $1.8-million park that celebrates its opening-- and its first official roller hockey games-- Saturday. The court can be divided into three smaller areas by two 5-foot-high nets.
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July 29, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
A roller hockey rink operated jointly by the cities will open in September or October if building goes as planned, city officials said. Construction of the Arnold-Cypress Park Roller Hockey Rink began July 16 at 8611 Watson St. in Cypress. The site is across the street from the La Palma border. "Roller hockey has become so popular, and these kids were playing [pickup] games all over the cities in schools and cul-de-sacs," said Marvin C. DeCarlo, recreation director for Cypress.
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August 31, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
A private company will build a $250,000 roller hockey rink at Del Obispo Community Park under a contract that won City Council approval this week. Walnut-based Power Play Inc. has run a city-sponsored hockey program on a converted tennis court at the park for two years. The pact allows Power Play to build a new facility on a portion of the park's parking lot, about 400 feet from the nearest home.
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August 25, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The City Council has approved conducting an environmental review of a proposed roller hockey rink, despite protests from residents of an area near the rink site. Under the plan, Power Play, which runs the city's popular youth roller hockey program, would construct a regulation-sized hockey rink at the rear of Del Obispo Park, along with sports lights, parking and bleachers.
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June 6, 1999 | PAUL McLEOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In seven years of existence the Bullfrogs have never been short on sideshows. And Saturday night was no exception. The news off the floor raised just as many eyebrows as did the Bullfrogs' 5-4 loss to the San Jose Rhinos in the season opener at the Arrowhead Pond. Five players scored for San Jose and Hugo Belanger picked up two goals for the Bullfrogs.
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March 25, 1999 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Good sportsmanship, team play and competing for the love of the game are qualities sometimes lost in organized sports at both the professional and amateur levels. Patty Twogood says such virtues are the essence of a youth roller-hockey tournament coming Saturday and Sunday to the Disney Goals roller rink in Anaheim. The Duck Hunt round-robin competition marks the first time the Disney-owned Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have sponsored a local in-line hockey tournament.
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July 29, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
A roller hockey rink operated jointly by the cities will open in September or October if building goes as planned, city officials said. Construction of the Arnold-Cypress Park Roller Hockey Rink began July 16 at 8611 Watson St. in Cypress. The site is across the street from the La Palma border. "Roller hockey has become so popular, and these kids were playing [pickup] games all over the cities in schools and cul-de-sacs," said Marvin C. DeCarlo, recreation director for Cypress.
SPORTS
July 16, 1997 | PAUL McLEOD
Defenseman Joe Cook said Tuesday he will not return to play with the Bullfrogs when the International Ice Hockey Federation World In-Line Hockey Championship is over. Cook suffered a concussion, his seventh in the last three seasons, in a Roller Hockey International game June 28 at San Jose and has missed the last five games. He was cleared to return after medical tests showed no permanent damage, but Cook said he has concluded that it would be foolish to continue.
SPORTS
July 9, 1997
Joe Cook, a defenseman with the Bullfrogs, is among 13 players named to the U.S. national team for the in-line hockey world championships beginning next week in Anaheim. Cook is one of three Roller Hockey International players on the team. Also selected were Scott Drevitch, a defenseman with the Blades, and Joe Bonvie, a goaltender with the San Jose Rhinos. Also on the team is former NHL all-star Brian Mullen, who retired in 1994. He and his brother, Joe, the first U.S.
SPORTS
June 26, 1997 | PAUL McLEOD PAUL McLEOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Could something as small as a change in wheels be enough to rally a team to victory? According to several Bullfrogs, that indeed, was a key factor in their 6-5 shootout victory over the Blades Wednesday night at the Pond. Todd Wetzel scored two goals and had two assists and Glenn Stewart scored the winner in the shootout, raising the Bullfrogs' Roller Hockey International record to 5-2. Their home winning streak, which spans two seasons, is now at 13.
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August 17, 1991 | LYNDA NATALI
After evicting roller-hockey enthusiasts from beneath its chambers, the City Council this week endorsed plans to allow the hockey games at Arnold/Cypress Park until a permanent site is found. The 100 or so skaters have been without a place to play since June, when the council approved an ordinance regulating athletic activities on city-owned property. The action was taken after roller-hockey players set up a makeshift rink under the council chambers.
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December 22, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
Christmas came early for the Roller Rats, a youth hockey team at Oak View Community Center. Thanks to $2,000 in donations, the roller hockey players received the protective equipment they need to play competitively. The players on Wednesday received new shin guards, elbow pads, shoulder pads and gloves, and immediately put them on for practice.
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June 13, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 22-year-old Placentia woman who claimed she was raped by two Anaheim Bullfrog players now faces charges of filing a false report and a possible civil suit by the city seeking to recover the costs of the police investigation. Heather Caldwell was released this week on $2,500 bail after her arrest at an Anaheim sports bar where she works as a waitress, according to court records and police. Caldwell called police at 4:25 a.m.
SPORTS
February 14, 1997 | PAUL McLEOD
Seven-year minor league ice hockey forward Tracy Egeland was the No. 1 pick for the Bullfrogs Thursday in the annual Roller Hockey International winter draft. Egeland is playing for former Bullfrog Coach Grant Sonier at the Huntington (W.Va.) Blizzard of the East Coast Hockey League. Sonier is now director of player personnel for the Bullfrogs. Egeland has spent the bulk of his ice hockey career bouncing among teams in the International Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
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