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Major League Roller Hockey (MLRH) is an organization that operates professional and amateur roller hockey leagues, tours and tournaments throughout North America and Europe. It is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, a suburb of Washington, D.C..

MLRH was formed in 1998 in Alexandria, Virginia, United States by entrepreneur Bill Raue after a predecessor organization, Roller Hockey International (RHI), folded with $40 million in losses. It started with 14 teams, with 13 in the United States and one in Canada. The league then went through many structural changes and eventually evolved into an organization that runs multiple leagues and tournaments.

History

After the demise of Roller Hockey International (RHI) with over $40 million in losses, entrepreneur Bill Raue founded Major League Roller Hockey in 1998. Two former RHI franchises, the Anaheim Bullfrogs and Buffalo Wings, along with 12 other franchises in North America, were members of the inaugural season.

The first season was a successful one, even attracting 10,000 fans to the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, to see the hometown Anaheim Bullfrogs defeat the Orlando Surge 5–4 to capture the first ever Jason Cup. After only one season the league fell victim to the demise of RHI and was brought down as professional roller hockey flamed out in 1999.

In 2000, MLRH returned as a semi-professional league operating throughout Colorado, the Midwest and the Eastern seaboard playing with primarily amateur players. In 2005, MLRH expanded to Super League with franchises in the United States, United Kingdom and Czech Republic.

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