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Richard Graham is the former editor of such print magazines as Triathlete, Roller Hockey, and InLine Hockey News, and he was an associate editor at Sports Afield. He currently owns a website called Inline Hockey Central, where he continues to write about the sport that captured the imagination of the public in the 1990s -- roller hockey. At Triathlete, Graham won a silver cup from the Miller Brewing Company for his story on the star-crossed triathlon star Lisa Laiti, whose horrific bicycle crashes are the stuff of legend in that sport. At Sports Afield, Graham and the SA staff were awarded the Western Publications Association’s Certificate of Excellence for the December 2003 issue of America’s oldest hunting and fishing magazine (now a big-game hunting magazine). As a freelance writer, Graham has written news and feature articles for the New York Times, Women’s Sports & Fitness, American Golf, Ford Times, Iron Horse, American Hockey, NARCh Player, Roller Hockey Today, Rehab Management, and more. As a photographer, Graham has shot award-winning images for Triathlete, City Sports, Self, the New York Times, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Ford Times, Competitor, Bicycle Guide, Roller Hockey and InLine Hockey News. Graham was also a weekly humor columnist for San Diego State's Daily Aztec in the early 1980s, and he intends to publish a compilation of those columns as his next book. Graham is currently editing the autobiography of Roller Hockey International founder Dennis Murphy, and in early March 2011, Graham was named an associate producer for an upcoming documentary on Murphy's life in sports. The documentary, which the producers hope to sell to ESPN or Fox Sports, will feature many big names from Murphy's countless leagues, including Julius Irving, Dick Sharman and team owner Pat Boone of the American Basketball Association; Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky of the World Hockey Association; and Ralph Backstrom, Larry King, Rob Laurie, Hugo Belanger and Christian Skoryna of Roller Hockey International.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Inline Hockey Central (July 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983406006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983406006
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,893,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Neil Graham was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, before moving to California with his family when he was 10 years old. A magazine editor for Triathlete, Roller Hockey, InLine Hockey News and Sports Afield, Graham also co-created InlineHockeyCentral.com, which he owns and edits.

Graham has written hundreds of magazine articles and has had his photography published widely. "Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey International" is his first book. He is currently editing, "Murph," the autobiography of Dennis Arthur Murphy, the sports entrepreneur behind the World Hockey Association, World Team Tennis, the American Basketball Association and Roller Hockey International.

Graham lives in Los Angeles, California.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jay Milton on August 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy hockey, even if you never followed professional inline hockey, you will enjoy this book. It's filled with lots of great stories that anyone can appreciate. But if you've every played or been around hockey, you'll really get it into it. You will completely identify with camaraderie and good-natured ribbing that are the lifeblood of any hockey team's locker room. As a hockey player himself, the author understands this brand of humor and he tells the stories in a way that makes it seem like you are sitting in a bar, having a few beers with your teammates while everyone spins tall tales. And for me personally, as someone that was heavily involved in the inline hockey business during its heyday, it was fun to read about many of the names that I knew and get a behind-the-scenes look at the meteoric rise and fall of the league. Inline hockey hasn't been the same since the league folded.

Buy this book. You'll be glad you did.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Neville on August 30, 2011
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As a Sportswriter, I often find myself reviewing sports books with a very critical eye. However, this book was informative, intriguing, and engaging from the very first page. As the pages kept turning, I became less of a critic and more of an interested participant in Graham's captivating and descriptive world of Roller Hockey. Not too often are very interesting stories matched by engaging, quality writing, but this book is the product of both. A must read for any sports fan in Fall!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Maitland on December 17, 2012
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I do love hockey and not just the NHL. I also love the various rival leagues from the ABA, WHA, WFL, NASL, MISL through to the days of the USFL. I even went to the first Roller Hockey International (RHI) All-Star Game here in Vancouver. So this book on the history of pro roller hockey should have been right up my alley. It wasn't.

I don't even think it's really the author's fault I didn't enjoy this as much as I would. It certainly is definitive and has everything pretty much you wanted to know about Roller Hockey International. I just found that, unlike those other rival leagues, the RHI went nowhere. It seems so few of the players, coaches or management went onto NHL careers that I just couldn't get worked up about any of the characters in the book. It also seemed way too Southern Californian for my tastes.

Maybe, it's because here in Canada we really just play "ice" hockey or street hockey (with a hockey ball). I really just could not relate to roller hockey at all. I'm sure that's a flaw and prejudice on my part but it made the book a bit of a slog to read in many parts.

All I can say, if you were into the RHI, I think you'll love this book. If not, I doubt you will.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Quick on August 31, 2011
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I am not much into sports and rarely will I pick up a book about any sports, but I was bored, my brother had a copy, and was continually laughing out loud while reading his copy of the book, so it intrigued me enough to ask him if I could read it when he was done. He reluctantly lent me the book (probably thought I would lose it!) and I got started.

It was so well written, hysterically funny and had me from the first page.
I truly enjoyed it, and so now bought 2 copies, and gave them to my sons, who both played inline hockey as youngsters, and they both have said thanks with a capital T! They too read it, laughed, and enjoyed going back to their childhood and all the wonderful memories of playing as kids.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richie Calderale on August 25, 2011
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As a person who was heavily involved with the RHI, MLRH, WRHL and PBH. This book hit the nail on the head. Brings back so many memories of roller hockey back in the day. Very well written and the Author knows his stuff, having been around from the beginning. Great work Richard... even if you are a Kings fan. This book is highly recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Randall L. Archer on August 14, 2011
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I think if you have any interest in roller hockey You NEED this book. It has a great amount of data and also fun stories from Players. A MUST HAVE IF YOU LIKE ROLLER HOCKEY
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven L on September 10, 2013
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Mr. Graham has written a treasure of a book for anyone from the casual hockey fan to the most die hard RHI fans of the day. From the untold stories of practical jokes between players, to the demise of the once promising league and the year by year season highlights that forever etch this league in pro-sports history, the book is what was once sorely needed. It is a curtain call and perfect ending, and something an RHI fan Deserves. Those of us who remember this once great league never got to say good-bye. One year it was just over. Finally we have an account, and maybe even the names of those to blame, for the leagues demise. Richard nailed the tone of the league without unjustly coloring it with his own. His descriptions and depictions read easily and as if he was there living it. Oh wait, that's right he was, and his experience speaks volumes here. Greg read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Stark on September 9, 2011
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Richard Graham has put together an awesome collection of Roller Hockey International stories, facts and behind the scene gems in this hard to put down book. Being a fan of RHI in the early years right up til the end this book gives insight about the payers, owners, history and all the shenanigans that came with it! This is a must read for all those fans out there that could not get enough of the RHI and wish the league was still around. Thanks Richard for your dedication to get this book out there for us! Job well done!
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