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About Roller Hockey

Wath our instructional video all about roller hockey.

History

Roller (Quad) Hockey was created in the early 1900’s and played wearing Roller Skates field hockey sticks and a ball. The flat Inline puck was invented in the 60’s and with the help of quad skates, created a new sport called puck hockey. This started in Texas and quickly spread throughout the USA. The game we now know as Roller Hockey or Inline Hockey began to take shape. In 1980, the modern version of the Inline Skate was invented by the American company Roller Blade- it naturally began to be a term players used to describe this hockey sport on wheels with their roller blades. At this time players began to shift from the quad skate to the more manoeuvrable inline skate to play Puck Hockey. The game of Puck Hockey quickly took over in popularity over the older Roller (Quad) Hockey, while North Americans continued to promote the term Roller Hockey. Over the last 30 years, various levels of governing bodies started to form, the technical term of Inline-Roller Hockey or just Inline Hockey was used to identify the new sport.

As time has gone by, the country where the sport of Inline Hockey is most popular is also the country that refers to it as roller hockey. It is correct to refer to the sport as either Inline Hockey or Roller Hockey, but the true technical term to describe the sport is Inline-Roller Hockey.

Basic Rules:

  • Games are played 4 skaters per side plus goalies
  • No Offsides
  • No icing
  • No body checking allowed
  • Games are played using a hard plastic puck
  • It is played in an ice rink, roller rink, indoor soccer arena
  • Roller hockey is played on smooth concrete or an Roller hockey specific flooring

Benefits of Roller Hockey

  • Conditioning 
  • Improved Skill Development
  • Skill Maintenance 
  • Longer Skating Strides
  • Improved Passing Techniques
  • Shooting 
  • Improved Puck Control
  • Team Play
  • Offensive Creativity
  • Defense Man to Man Coverage 

Equipment:

Player

  • Roller blades
  • Hockey stick
  • Shin pads
  • Elbow pads
  • CSA approved hockey helmet
  • Pants (either ice or roller)
  • Hockey gloves
  • Girdle/Protective Cup
  • Jersey
  • Padded Under Shirt (recommended) or
  • Shoulder pads (optional)

Goalie

  • CSA approved goalie helmet or
    CSA approved helmet and cage
    (No cat eye masks)
  • Upper body protector
  • Catcher
  • Blocker
  • Throat guard
  • Hockey pants
  • Roller blades (No running shoes)
  • Goalie pads
  • Girdle/Protective Cup
  • Goalie stick