Major League Roller Hockey (MLRH) is a professional roller hockey league in North America. It is the only professional full Contact roller hockey league in the world. The league is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.
Major League Roller Hockey was founded in 1998 in Alexandria, Virginia by entrepreneur Bill Raue. While MLRH operated successfully in it's inaugural years (attacting as many as 10,000 fans at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim for it's championship), the league fell victim to the demise of a rival league and was brought down as professional roller hockey flamed out in 1999.
Raue, now the full-time CEO of MLRH and Commissioner Doug Jones have been instrumental in building the league that now operates a coast to coast Pro Division as well as non-check leagues. In 2009, MLRH introduced it's "made for TV" CO-ED full-contact SLAMM Hockey league and, new for 2010, a broadband TV Roller Hockey Network.
"There were so many bad feeling when RHI folded with $40 million in losses that it was virtually impossible to play at the professional level," said Raue.
The league was founded in 1998 in Alexandria, Virginia with fourteen teams based in the United States and six located in the United Kingdom. Through a series of expansions, contractions and relocations, the league will now be composed of 15 teams based in the United States. After it's initial season of "professional" status, MLRH served as a semi-pro roller hockey league in the United States.
MLRH operated throughout the Midwest and Eastern seaboard playing with primarily amateur players. "It was a good way to keep our name in front of the public," said Raue. "We had a lot of fun but, realistically, we were not going to get back to the glory days depending on some of the guys that drifted through the league." At that time, Raue returned to an active roll in league management.