The Orlando Rollergators joined Roller Hockey International (RHI) as a hastily organized expansion franchise in April 1995 just two months before the start of the league’s third season. Primary owner Dr. Richard Commentucci was the team orthopedist for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and partner Slava Fetisov was one of the Devil’s top stars. Both men were consumed with the 1995 NHL playoffs while the Rollergators scrambled to get organized 1,000 miles away.
In ten home games in 1995, the Rollergators never cracked 2,000 fans in the 13,000-seat building. The ‘Gators averaged 1,355 fans per game and finished last place in their division at 7-16.
1996 brought a new owner to the club (a real-estate mogul who also owned 25% of RHI) named Norton Herrick. Herrick re-branded the Rollergators as the Orlando Jackals in March 1996 and the Rollergators were no more.
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