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1994 New Jersey Rockin' Rollers Tee

$34.00

DTG2346S

The Story

The New Jersey Rockin' Rollers were a professional roller hockeyteam based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States that played in Roller Hockey International. In 1997 they were coached by Bob Antolos. Despite efforts by the New Jersey Devils to prevent the team from playing in the Brendan Byrne Arena as part of a lease signed with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Reginald Stanton ruled in April 1994 that the essential difference between ice hockey and roller hockey meant that the tenancy by what ended up becoming the Rockin Rollers did not violate the terms of the Devils' lease at the facility.Nick Fotiu, a former player with the New York Rangers and coach of the Nashville Knights of the East Coast Hockey League, was chosen as the team's coach and general manager Fotiu wound up playing two games in the team's inaugural season. At the league's second player draft, held in February 1994, the Rockin' Rollers selected identical twins Chris Ferraro and Peter Ferraro, and signed female goaltender Manon Rhéaume. More than one thousand people were expected to participate in open tryouts that were to be held at the South Mountain Arena in West Orange, New Jersey. The inaugural team included starting goalie Daniel Berthiaume and Iain Duncan, who both had experience playing in the NHL, as well as minor league star Trevor Jobe, who led the team in scoring their first season. The team played in the first professional hockey game which included two professional women's players as goaltenders; in July 1994, Erin Whitten for the Pittsburgh Phantoms faced off against the Rockin Rollers led by goaltender Manon Rhéaume, who won the game by a 10–7 score.Their mascot was an Elvis impersonator known as "The King". The team lost to the Anaheim Bullfrogs by a score of 9–5 in the second game of the 1997 RHI Murphy Cup finals held at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, dropping the series in a two-game sweep. Rockin' Rollers staff member Rich Belhmer called it the saddest day in New Jersey roller hockey history. The team suspended operations for the 1997 season.RHI did not operate during 1998, but returned in 1999. The Rockin' Rollers renamed themselves the New York/New Jersey Rockin' Rollers and planned to move to Morristown, New Jersey and New York City,but folded before the 1999 season began.

Crafted with the intention of being the softest shirt in your lineup, our signature tees are cut for a modern fit and printed with inks that actually blend into the fabrics giving it more character with every wash.

    • Athletic Fit
    • Premium tri-blend fabric
    • Vintage wash
    • Printed in New York