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Template:Infobox sports season The 1993 RHI season was the inaugural season of Roller Hockey International. It began in June, 1993, with the regular season ending in August. The Murphy Cup playoffs ended on September 7, with the Anaheim Bullfrogs defeating the Oakland Skates to win the first Murphy Cup.

League businessEdit

Rule differences from the NHLEdit

Though the basic rules of Roller Hockey International (RHI) were the same as the National Hockey League (NHL) at the time, RHI brought in a number of rule changes aimed at increasing offense. First RHI did not play on ice as in the NHL, but a plastic tile surface known as Sport Court. A regulation ice hockey puck, is 5½ to 6 ounces and made of black rubber, the RHI puck was 3½ ounces and made of red plastic.

The game time was reduced from three 20–minute periods in ice hockey, to four 12–minute quarters in roller hockey. The overtime format was changed. The NHL's format saw a maximum 5–minute sudden death overtime in the regular season, and unlimited 20–minute sudden death periods in the playoffs. RHI had a four-on-four shootout in the regular season.

The playoffs followed a best of three series format however the third game was not a full 48 minute game. Rather it was just a regular 12 minute quarter called "the mini game". If the teams were tied at the end of the quarter a sudden death quarter would follow.

RHI decreased the number of players on the surface at full strength from six (five skaters and one goaltender) in the NHL, to five (four skaters and one goaltender). Thus they also reduced the minimum number of players after penalties from four to three. With fewer players on the playing surface, RHI reduced the number of players dressed for a game from 20 players (18 skaters and two goaltenders) in the NHL, to 14 players (12 skaters and two goaltenders).

The RHI's penalty times were also decreased by about 25%. Minor penalties were decreased from two minutes to 1 and 1/2 minutes. Major penalties were decreased from five minutes to four minutes. Misconduct penalties remained the same at ten minutes, but major game misconducts, which was a game ejection in the NHL, was increased to a game ejection, a suspension from the next game, and a penalty shot to the non-offending team. Fighting penalties were also increased from just a major penalty, to a major penalty, and a suspension for the remainder of the game plus a suspension from the next game.

The league also removed the blue lines which eliminated two line pass calls. However the RHI still had a different version of off-sides. A player could skate over the red line before the puck however a player couldn't receive a pass over the line. Also, where as in the NHL, icing was called when a defensive player touches the puck, in RHI, illegal clearing was automatic as the puck crosses the goal line. RHI also increased the distance from the boards to the goal line from 11 feet to 15 feet.

Teams and divisionsEdit

The league premiered with 12 teams, the Anaheim Bullfrogs, Calgary Rad'z, Connecticut Coasters, Florida Hammerheads, Los Angeles Blades, Oakland Skates, Portland Rage, San Diego Barracudas, St. Louis Vipers, Toronto Planets, Utah Rollerbees, and Vancouver Voodoo. The teams were broken up into three divisions each with four teams. The divisions, like the National Hockey League at the time, where named after key figures in the league. The Murphy and King Divisions were named after league co-founders Dennis Murphy and Larry King respectively. The Buss Division was named after Anaheim Bullfrogs owner Jerry Buss.

Season scheduleEdit

Each team played a 14 game home-and-away schedule that ended with a championship game on September 7, 1993. Teams in the Buss and King Divisions played every team in their own division four times (twice at home, and twice on the road), and played two teams from the other division once (one team at home, one team on the road).

Due to the extended travel needed, teams in the Murphy Division only played games within their division. They played two teams four times (twice at home, and twice on the road), and one team six times (three times at home, and three times on the road).

Players' salariesEdit

After extended research, the league officials decided that guaranteed contracts did not work. So each team played their players with prize money earned from their overall finish.

Regular seasonEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Buss Division Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr
bAnaheim Bullfrogs 14 13 0 1 130 83 27
xLos Angeles Blades 14 8 6 0 110 107 16
xOakland Skates 14 5 9 0 112 122 10
eSan Diego Barracudas 14 5 9 0 109 130 10
King Division Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr
yVancouver Voodoo 14 11 2 1 160 91 23
xCalgary Rad'z 14 8 6 0 125 104 16
ePortland Rage 14 4 10 0 92 149 8
eUtah Rollerbees 14 2 11 1 90 142 5
Murphy Division Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr
yToronto Planets 14 10 4 0 136 83 20
xSt. Louis Vipers 14 9 4 1 104 115 19
xConnecticut Coasters 14 7 5 2 124 112 16
eFlorida Hammerheads 14 2 11 1 100 154 5

League standingsEdit

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bAnaheim Bullfrogs * 14 13 0 1 130 83 27
yVancouver Voodoo * 14 11 2 1 160 91 23
yToronto Planets * 14 10 4 0 136 83 20
xSt. Louis Vipers 14 9 4 1 104 115 19
xCalgary Rad'z 14 8 6 0 125 104 16
xLos Angeles Blades 14 8 6 0 110 107 16
xConnecticut Coasters 14 7 5 2 124 112 16
xOakland Skates 14 5 9 0 112 122 10
eSan Diego Barracudas 14 5 9 0 109 130 10
ePortland Rage 14 4 10 0 92 149 8
eFlorida Hammerheads 14 2 11 1 100 154 5
eUtah Rollerbees 14 2 11 1 90 142 5

Note: x – clinched playoff spot, y – clinched division title, z – clinched regular season conference title, b – clinched best overall record, e – eliminated from playoff contention

Tiebreaking proceduresEdit

If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the ranking of the clubs is determined in the following order:

  1. The fewer number of games played.
  2. The greater number of games won.
  3. The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.
  4. The fewer number of goals against.

Statistical leadersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

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Template:Country data CAN Jose Charbonneau Vancouver Voodoo 14 25 43 68 +26 10
Template:Country data CAN Doug Lawrence Oakland Skates 14 12 48 60 +2 50
Template:Country data CAN Daniel Shank San Diego Barracudas 14 28 31 59 +7 107
Template:Country data CAN Ryan Harrison Vancouver Voodoo 14 27 32 59 +29 37
Template:Country data CAN Todd Esselmont Vancouver Voodoo 14 26 31 57 +21 18
Template:Country data CAN Sylvain Naud Oakland Skates 14 31 20 51 +5 38
Template:Country data CAN Don Martin Florida Hammerheads 14 27 23 50 –8 80
Template:Country data USA Steve Ross Los Angeles Blades 14 11 38 49 –5 18
Template:Country data USA Max Middendorf San Diego Barracudas 14 29 18 47 –1 60
Template:Country data USA Ralph Barahona Los Angeles Blades 12 20 25 45 +7 8

Leading goaltendersEdit

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Template:Country data CAN Randy Jaycock Calgary Rad'z 7 206 3 1 0 22 0 .880 5.13
Template:Country data CAN Manny Legace Toronto Planets 13 611 10 3 0 67 0 .881 5.26
Template:Country data USA Rob Laurie Anaheim Bullfrogs 7 312 7 0 0 35 0 .856 5.38
Template:Country data CAN Ken Kinney Vancouver Voodoo 9 391 8 0 0 45 0 .863 5.52
Template:Country data CAN Bill Horn Anaheim Bullfrogs 8 352 6 0 1 47 0 .853 6.41
Template:Country data CAN Scott Humphrey St. Louis Vipers 6 285 4 1 1 40 0 .829 6.74
Template:Country data USA Mike O'Hara Los Angeles Blades 13 621 8 5 0 96 0 .822 7.42
Template:Country data CAN Frankie Ouellette San Diego Barracudas 9 406 4 4 0 64 0 .835 7.57
Template:Country data USA Neil Walsh Connecticut Coasters 10 374 6 2 0 59 0 .827 7.57
Template:Country data CAN Lance Carlson Vancouver Voodoo 7 280 3 2 1 45 0 .807 7.71

PlayoffsEdit

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Playoff seedsEdit

After the regular season, 8 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Anaheim Bullfrogs had the best overall record in the league, at 27 points.

  1. Anaheim BullfrogsBuss Division champions; Best Overall Record winners, 27 points
  2. Vancouver VoodooKing Division champions, 23 points
  3. Toronto PlanetsMurphy Division champions, 20 points
  4. St. Louis Vipers – 19 points
  5. Calgary Rad'z – 16 points (8 wins, +21 goal differential)
  6. Los Angeles Blades – 16 points (8 wins, +3 goal differential)
  7. Connecticut Coasters – 16 points (7 wins)
  8. Oakland Skates – 10 points*

*Oakland finished with exactly the same record as the San Diego Barracudas (including number of wins), but garnered a better goal differential (the Skates with a –10, the Barracudas with a –21), to earn the 8th spot.

Playoff bracketEdit

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RHI awardsEdit

1993 RHI awards
Award Recipient(s)
Murphy Cup Anaheim Bullfrogs
Coach of the Year
Defenseman of the Year Joe Cook (Anaheim Bullfrogs)
Executive of the Year
Goalie of the Year Manny Legace (Toronto Planets)
Leading Scorer Jose Charbonneau (Vancouver Voodoo)
Most Valuable Player Jose Charbonneau (Vancouver Voodoo)
Playoff MVP Rob Laurie (Anaheim Bullfrogs)

See alsoEdit

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