Men's In-Line Hockey
In-Line Hockey Overview
Inline hockey is played on playing surfaces that are similar
in size to ice hockey arenas. In fact, inline hockey is often
played in vacant ice arenas during the summer. The rules of
inline hockey are only slightly different than those of ice hockey.
The biggest difference between ice hockey and inline hockey is
the fact that inline hockey is played on inline skates!
Inline hockey is a relatively new sport, yet it is already being
played on every continent! It has an extremely bright future ahead.
It is both a facinating and an exciting sport. It is still currently
considered a "trend-sport," but the world-wide increase in its
competitions and followings seems to indicate that it's more
than just a trend. Watch for this sport to really move!
Another major difference between ice hockey and in-line hockey
is that 4 players and a goalie compete at a time in in-line hockey,
unlike ice hockey where 5 players and a goalie compete for a team.
Players can change on-the-fly in inline hockey, so the tempo of the
game is very quick. The overall team roster can carry up to 16
players with a maximum of 14 players being able to dress for any
given game. Games usually consist of two twenty-minute stop-time
In-Line Hockey World Championships
There have been World Championships for Men's In-Line Hockey since
1995. This summer, the
1997 In-Line Hockey World Championship was held from June 15-22,
1997 in Zell am See, Austria. 15 nations competed at the World
Championship, with Team USA claiming the gold medal with a 5-2 win over
Team Canada in the championship game.
All leading nations such as Canada, the USA, Finland, as well as
Australia and several South American teams participated. Competition
took place in four groups on a round-robin basis, followed by
quarter-finals, semi-finals, and then the final on June 22, 1997.
The final placings for the 1997 Men's In-Line Hockey World Championship
were as follows:
- Czech Republik
- Great Britain
Here is a list of the locations of all Men's In-Line Hockey
World Championships to date:
In-Line Hockey Tournaments
North American Roller Hockey Championship (NARCh) :
This may well be the most respected in-line hockey tournament
in North America, as teams from both Canada the USA are
represented at this event. There are a series of qualifying
tournaments throughout the summer to classify teams into
divisions, and then a final tournament at the end of August
to determine the winner of each division.
- USA In-Line : The US National Championship.
- CHA In-Line : The Canadian National Championship.
- NHL Breakout : Portable rinks are set up at various
locations across Canada and the US, where in-line hockey
and street hockey are played. There are many different
divisions and talent levels represented.
- KOHO Cups : A series of in-line hockey tournaments are
held in various American states.
Internationally Active Federations
- RHI :
Professional league in North American played in several divisions,
similar to league competition in the NBA and the NHL. The Murphy Cup
being the equipment of hockey's Lord Stanley Cup for past-season
- FIRS :
International federation recognised by the International Olympia
Committee for In-Line Hockey.
- IIHF :
International Ice Hockey Federation attempting, on account of the
games similarity, to organise league competitions with initial
efforts to come to terms with FIRS.
In-Line Hockey Resources
NARCh & Other Hockey Events
The events listed below are subject to change. Please consult
the contacts listed below to confirm the date and location of
- May 17-18, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Denver, CO (619-720-7600)
- May 17-18, 1997 - NARCh qualifier (Youth), Vancouver (604-532-1224)
- May 24-25, 1997 - NARCh qualifier (Adult), Vancouver (604-532-1224)
- May 24-25, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Detroit (Joe Dumas Fieldhouse)
- May 23-25, 1997 - KOHO St Louis Cup, St Louis, MO (314-487-4625)
- May 24-25, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Vancouver, BC (604-532-1224)
- May 24-26, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Detroit, MI (810-731-3080 ext.26)
- May 23-26, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Long Island, NY (619-720-7600)
- May 23-26, 1997 - KOHO Tampa Cup, Tampa, FL (813-662-8879)
- May 31-Jun 6, 1997 - KOHO Florida Cup, Pembroke Pines, FL (954-846-8600)
- June 6-8, 1997 - KOHO Calgary Cup, Calgary, AB (403-243-8484)
- June 6-7, 1997 - KOHO Chicago Cup, Villa Park, IL (312-421-1551)
- June 6-8, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Conroe, TX (619-720-7600)
- June 7-8, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Eastern Canada, St. John, NB
- June 13-15, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Sarnia, ON (416-260-0018)
- June 19-22, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, St Louis, MO (619-720-7600)
- June 20-22, 1997 - KOHO S. Ontario Cup, Pickering, ON (905-686-4286)
- June 25-29, 1997 - KOHO Quebec Cup, TBA (514-776-7969)
- June 26-29, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Brae, CA (619-720-7600)
- June 26-29, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Wallington, WA (619-720-7600)
- July 4-6, 1997 - CHA InLine qualifier, Toronto, ON
- July 4-6, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, San Francisco, CA (619-720-7600)
- July 4-6, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Winnipeg, MAN (416-260-0018)
- July 4-6, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Alberta (403-342-6777 ext.802)
- July 5-6, 1997 - NARCh Qualifier, Calgary, Alberta TBC
- July 5-6, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Toronto, ON (416-535-4411)
- July 11-13, 1997 - CHA InLine Ontario Regional qualifier
- July 11-13, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Portland, OR (619-720-7600)
- July 11-13, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, San Bernardino, CA (619-720-7600)
- July 11-13, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Acton, MA (619-720-7600)
- July 11-13, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Frederickton, NB (506-475-2696)
- July 11-13, 1997 - CHA InLine Ontario Regional Qualifier
- July 11-13, 1997 - NARCh qualifier, Toronto
- July 26-27, 1997 - KOHO Northwest Cup (adult), Bend, OR (541-388-9896)
- August 1-3, 1997 - CHA InLine Nationals, London
- August 1-3, 1997 - KOHO Northwest Cup, Waterbury, CT (203-757-8381)
- August 1-4, 1997 - NARCh Silver Division Finals, Las Vegas
- August 1-4, 1997 - Ottawa, ON (613-596-5055)
- August 2-3, 1997 - KOHO Northwest Cup (youth), Bend, OR (541-388-9896)
- August 11-18, 1997 - NARCh Finals, Vancouver@@
- August 23-24, 1997 - NHL Breakout, Toronto (and other locations)
- Aug 30-Sep 1, 1997 - KOHO Texas Cup, Richardson, TX (203-644-2777)
- Sept 17-20, 1997 - USA Hockey finals, Las Vegas
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