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Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International ebook

by Richard Neil Graham


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Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks book. Author Richard Graham takes you behind the scenes to show how Dennis Murphy created Roller Hockey International, and why Murphy might be the most unlikely, least known and most influential visionary in North American professional sports history.

Who won the first professional sports championship for the city of Anaheim? Which Roller Hockey International team owner posed for Playboy?

Who won the first professional sports championship for the city of Anaheim? Which Roller Hockey International team owner posed for Playboy? Which RHI team's logo did Sports Illustrated describe as looking like "a malevolent vacuum-cleaner attachment?"

I am working on a long feature story about Roller Hockey International for .

I am working on a long feature story about Roller Hockey International for the 20th. I also read your excellent book about RHI. Thus, I was wondering if I could interview you for my story for The Hockey News, maybe talk with you for about 15 minutes or so via phone sometimes this week. Please let me know if this is a possibility. Thank you. Sal Barry The Hockey News. Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International. Who won the first professional sports championship for the city of Anaheim?

A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International .

A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International. All those questions and more are answered in Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International. What’s best about this book, however, are the stories that Graham has collected from the league’s founders, team owners, players, administrators, referees and fans. You will alternately be amused and astounded by some of the hilarious events, player pranks, episodes of shortsightedness shown by some of the league’s founders and team owners, the controversy over the league’s puck and more.

Richard Neil Graham (Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International) joins the big show to delve into the 1990s summertime indoor league started by inveterate sports entrepreneur.

Richard Neil Graham (Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International) joins the big show to delve into the 1990s summertime indoor league started by inveterate sports entrepreneur (and defunct sports patron saint) Dennis Murphy – designed to profit from major arena owners’ desire for summer events, minor league players looking for extra work, and a budding national craze fo.

2012. Estimated 5K+ Copies Sold. RHI was a professional league that ran from 1993-1999 and soared and then crashed much like the inline skating craze of the 1990s.

Who won the first professional sports championship for the city of Anaheim? Which Roller Hockey International team owner posed for Playboy? Which RHI team’s logo did Sports Illustrated describe as looking like “a malevolent vacuum-cleaner attachment?” Which coach won two championships for two different teams in RHI’s first two seasons? Why were fans nearly ejected from the Oakland Skates’ arena for celebrating a hat trick? All those questions and more are answered in “Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International.” Author Richard Graham takes you behind the scenes to show how Dennis Murphy created Roller Hockey International, and why Murphy might be the most unlikely, least known and most influential visionary in North American professional sports history. Despite his rather leprechaun-like stature, “Murph” had tall dreams, a gift of gab and the ability to bring together a diverse group of people to work toward a common goal. After seeing some children playing hockey on inline skates on a suburban street, Murphy was inspired to create a professional league that ran from 1993-1999 and which soared and then crashed much like the inline skating craze of the 1990s. What’s best about this book, however, are the stories that Graham has collected from the league’s founders, team owners, players, administrators, referees and fans. You will alternately be amused and astounded by some of the hilarious events, player pranks, episodes of shortsightedness shown by some of the league’s founders and team owners, the controversy over the league’s puck and more. Particularly moving are the stories of players whose dreams of playing professional sports came true in Roller Hockey International. Full of thrills, spills and body checks, along with an abundance of humor, “Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks” is the story of a niche sport and a professional league that dared to dream big. With its hundreds of stories about players, coaches, managers, team owners and league administrators, Graham's book is similar in scope and depth to "Loose Balls" Terry Pluto's classic about the American Basketball, and as funny as Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" (but not as mean). Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks chronicles the fastest rise and fall of any sports league in modern history, and countless hours of research, interviews and off-the-record conversations have paid off for Mr. Graham and the reader. We meet the wheelers (the players), most of who were minor-league ice-hockey journeymen. These players were propelled by a new sport to take center stage at major NBA and NHL arenas during the summer months, fulfilling their dreams of fame and not so much fortune. Next are the dealers like Dennis Murphy, with connections so strong he could gather the top 10 sports moguls in a room with a single phone call. The disappointing saga of the puck specifically designed for roller hockey, which was counted on to supply the bucks to bankroll the league (imagine if the NBA earned a royalty for every basketball sold in the entire world), is a lesson that even today’s big-league commissioners should heed. All sports fans and especially those who want to understand the operations of a league and its teams will benefit from this book. Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International recounts the six crazy seasons of Roller Hockey International and could well become the next great sports movie -- featuring characters even the greatest scriptwriters couldn’t create. The foreword was written by Jeanie Buss, a former Roller Hockey International team owner and a current executive vice president for the 16-time NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. For wild action (both on and off the playing surface), humor and the true story of Roller Hockey International, Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks can't be touched with a 10-foot-long hockey stick.
Taulkree
Great read about inline hockey. Lots of interesting insights into the development of the game.
Blacknight
Good book
Ustamya
Mr. Graham has written a treasure of a book for anyone from the casual hockey fan to the most die hard RHI fans of the day. From the untold stories of practical jokes between players, to the demise of the once promising league and the year by year season highlights that forever etch this league in pro-sports history, the book is what was once sorely needed. It is a curtain call and perfect ending, and something an RHI fan Deserves. Those of us who remember this once great league never got to say good-bye. One year it was just over. Finally we have an account, and maybe even the names of those to blame, for the leagues demise. Richard nailed the tone of the league without unjustly coloring it with his own. His descriptions and depictions read easily and as if he was there living it. Oh wait, that's right he was, and his experience speaks volumes here. Greg read.
Dalarin
I hadn't thought about inline roller hockey in quite some time till I did a little youtubing one day and found a random link to it. I remember being a kid and watching it on ESPN and just remembering "whatever happened to this league" it was a fun intense viewing experience. After doing some searching I found out that thru Amazon I could get a book with all the backstage deals/parties/and other wild moments.. Why would I buy this book. I think from the 1st page to the last it was a great read. Learning how the league formed, and then how with too much bravado a lot of the higher ups/founders in the league ended ruining it. Great story, great read.
Usic
Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International. It's A 8 Season History Roller Hockey International Being Professional Roller Hockey League!
HyderCraft
I do love hockey and not just the NHL. I also love the various rival leagues from the ABA, WHA, WFL, NASL, MISL through to the days of the USFL. I even went to the first Roller Hockey International (RHI) All-Star Game here in Vancouver. So this book on the history of pro roller hockey should have been right up my alley. It wasn't.

I don't even think it's really the author's fault I didn't enjoy this as much as I would. It certainly is definitive and has everything pretty much you wanted to know about Roller Hockey International. I just found that, unlike those other rival leagues, the RHI went nowhere. It seems so few of the players, coaches or management went onto NHL careers that I just couldn't get worked up about any of the characters in the book. It also seemed way too Southern Californian for my tastes.

Maybe, it's because here in Canada we really just play "ice" hockey or street hockey (with a hockey ball). I really just could not relate to roller hockey at all. I'm sure that's a flaw and prejudice on my part but it made the book a bit of a slog to read in many parts.

All I can say, if you were into the RHI, I think you'll love this book. If not, I doubt you will.
Arashigore
If you love business, people, or hockey you'll love this book. It's a fast read that captures a unique moment in sports history. Funny, informative and for me, nostalgic taking me back to hockey's high water mark in the United States. If you own or manage a business this is a must read as well in understanding fads, trends and how to capitalize and when to get out or at least not bite off more than you can chew!
It is fantastic! Some names and memories that live on to this day! Very comprehensive and a thrill to read. It brings back a lot of the fresh feelings that were going on in the sport and the players involved behind the scenes.
Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks  Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International ebook
Author:
Richard Neil Graham
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Hockey
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Inline Hockey Central (July 30, 2011)
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340 pages
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