Florida Hammerheads

The Florida Hammerheads were a professional inline hockey team based in Miami, Florida. The Hammerheads played in Roller Hockey International from 1993 to 1994 and played their home games at Miami Arena and West Palm Beach Auditorium.

Team historyEdit

Florida Hammerheads
CityMiami, Florida, U.S.
LeagueRoller Hockey International
DivisionNortheast
Operated1993–1994
Home arenaMiami Arena (1993)
West Palm Beach Auditorium (1993–1994)
Owner(s)Julia Neal
General managerKaren Keilt
Head coachBrad Buetow

The Hammerheads were first owned by Julia Neal, who was the only female owner in Roller Hockey International.[1] The General Manager Karen Keilt was the first female general manager of a men’s professional hockey team. The coach was Brad Buetow.[1] The team played in RHI's Northeast division.[2] The team's first game was July 10, 1993, on the road to the Connecticut Coasters, with their first home game on July 25.[3] The Hammerheads drew an average of 1,000 fans per game in their first season which was played at the Miami Arena. Julia Neal sold the team to Arthur Barr and Sol Zuckerman and the team moved mid-season to West Palm Beach Auditorium in an effort to grow their fan base.[4]'

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Robb, Sharon (June 5, 1993). "It Looks Like Hockey--but On Wheels". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Cavanaugh, Jack (August 1, 1993). "Roller Hockey Glides Into Sports Arenas". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Musgrave, Jane (July 10, 1993). "Hockey's Future Is On Four Wheels Hammerheads Hope New Sport Catches On". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Hammerheads Moving To West Palm Beach". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. August 5, 1993. Retrieved February 1, 2017.