Welcome to the ARHL (American Roller Hockey League)'s new website. The site is run by the manager of the NRHL David Bunch. The ARHL is the junior league to the NRHL, and is where most players begin their careers before entering the draft. Players can play in the league as long as they like until they declare for the draft or retire, or they can enter the draft without playing in the ARHL. The league uses the same rules as the NRHL, and same schedule as well. As such, everything is the same here as on the NRHL except that there's no reserves and players can declare for the draft rather than free agency. There is also no draft in the off-season for the league, instead players join the team via try-outs. Meaning no contracts or draft to select players, though trading is allowed as well. Be wary that just because a player plays for a certain team doesn't mean the NRHL team associated with that team owns their rights. All players are free game once they go to the draft and can be taken by any team. Also note that there was a 2007 season, but we don't have it available to us so all history from that year is lost, however it will be re-created at some point. Enjoy as the NRHL's future plays out in front of us here in the ARHL.
ARHL Site Updates
After much work, the 2010 season is done, and the playoffs are coming along fast. I'll also begin work on creating results for the 2007 season as well, since I do remember the Minor Cup Finals from that year, but not who made the playoffs or anything. It'll be nice having more history for the league after all, if I do a 2007 season. Thanks for sticking with me through all of this, if you have.
Full year later, still finishing up the 2010 season. I should've did more work over the season on it, but I didn't, so pressing to get done now. The draft is next week, December 15th, so I'll hope the regular season is finished before then to get the draft prospects ready. Believe me, if I had some help with this, it wouldn't take this long to get this all done. But as is, I'm working hard to get what I can done when I feel in the mood.
Another big update for you all. The 2009 regular season is finally finished, so go ahead and look how it ended on the schedule and stats pages. Now it's time for the playoffs, but count on it to get done pretty quick. The draft is December 16th, so I've got about a week to go to have the prospects ready for the draft, which is why the playoffs probably will be done fast. Anyway, the sooner we get done the better, and we can finally focus on next year. Good luck to the 12 teams who made it and to the players heading to the NRHL in 2010.
More games updated and another trade, between basement dweller Buffalo and Reno. In case you're curious, prospects for the NRHL draft can begin declaring for the draft starting in May. Right now it's still in April, so a little more time before guys can safely decide their future.
Hey look, we're not dead! That's right, I've got the schedule finally done and should begin doing games pretty soon. Also a trade to look at from before the official start to the season back on March 2nd, as the Boston Wolves traded with defending champion Nashville. Check out the rosters page to see who it was involved. Anyway, I'll still be running both the NRHL and ARHL until these two are caught up to each other and will continue from there as my cousin isn't doing much right now. Prospects for the draft will be determined later and will have their announcements made official throughout the year, so check back for that as I get the league up to today's date. Until then, check often for updates. More to come later.
11/17/08- Knives Win the Cup
Portland, OR- After a long and tiring 7-game series, the Minor Cup Finals ended in Portland today with the Nashville Knives beating the Portland Rampage 2-0 to win the Minor Cup. Portland came this far in 2007 when they lost to the Peoria Surge, and this year lost to another Central Division opponent in Nashville. Kyle Tridly, the nephew of NRHL superstar player Kirby Avalot, and British defender Ness Ripley led the Knives through a tough season, and even tougher playoff schedule, in what is their last season with the team. Both players declared for the draft earlier in the year, with Tridly deciding back in May, so both will find out a month from now which team they'll be playing for in 2009 when they get drafted. The team had to fight off Charlotte, who were hot near the end of the season, before getting three straight division champions in Kalamazoo, Pittsburgh, and Portland. "Surely wasn't easy for us, but we've had an amazing team all season," commented Tridly after the game. "I'm really honored that I had the chance to play with a lot of these guys, they're all great."
The Rampage were disappointed rightfully so, as they had Defensive Player of the Year Rostislav Lakovic on their side and draft prospect goalie Glen Cox. But they did win the division title and make it to the Minor Cup Finals, which bodes well for their talent and helps with their chances of going high in the draft. It is rumoured that Lakovic will go first in the draft to Miami, who need defense badly, but Lakovic isn't worried about where he ends up. "I came to play hockey when I came to America and the ARHL," said the Czech native. "If the draft takes me from Portland to Miami, then I shall welcome it." Cox is one of five goalies entering the draft, as not too many teams need to draft a goalie and others looking to change goalies could sign one of many free agents. So Cox likes his chances of getting drafted by one of the teams who need him after making it this far in the playoffs as a starter. "My team was good, and so was I," Cox said in an interview. "I would've liked to won the Cup, but I helped this team make it to the Finals and won the division with a win in the last game. I'll let the NRHL GMs decide where I go." Most players hope for a certain team to take them in the draft, namely the team closest to their junior team, but they all understand the odds of it happening and wait to hear their name called in the draft. With 48 players in the 2009 draft class, two less than last year's, 8 players will be left as free agents waiting to get picked up undrafted. Some notable players in the NRHL that went undrafted include Seattle's Manny Quinn, Washington's Alexandre Wandé, and Miami Larry Yandle. All have been good players so far, with Quinn being undrafted last year. We'll see in a month who goes where. Good luck to the rookies and congrats again to Nashville.