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SBD/18/Leagues Governing Bodies
USA HOCKEY INLINE OFF TO A FAST START
Published May 18, 1995
In its first five months, USA Hockey InLine has registered more than 56 in-line hockey leagues totalling more than 9,000 players. USA Hockey InLine's program follows that of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport in the U.S., including "sanctioning" of leagues and registration of players, coaches and referees. USA Hockey Exec Dir Dave Ogrean: "The tremendous response we've seen to USA Hockey InLine in the first five months of operation confirms our belief that interest in hockey, both on and off the ice, is at an all-time high in the United States." Four companies -- Karhu, USA (Jofa, Titen, Koho and Canadien), Canstar Sports USA (Bauer, Cooper), First Team Sports (Ultra Wheels), Hillerich & Bradsby of Canada (Louisville Hockey) -- have signed on as Gold Level Official Sponsors for USA Hockey InLine's first year. In addition, USA Hockey InLine has signed on former NHL player Brian Mullen as "Coach-in-Chief" and former WHA/NHL referee Ron Foyt as "Referee-in-Chief" (USA Hockey InLine).