Fredericton Roller Hockey League

FRHL Frequently Asked Questions

Can I try it out before I register?

Absolutely. We have two registration sessions: May 16th at 7:30 and May 18th at 6:30 at the Willie O’Ree. The registration session allows new players to come try it out for free and returning players to brush up on their skills. Skate around for 15 minutes or so to get used to things and then there is a light-hearted scrimmage to give people a taste of playing games.

I want to try it, but don’t have rollerblades yet. Can I borrow rollerblades?

If you don’t have rollerblades yet and want to try it before buying a pair of blades, the FRHL will do its best to find a pair for you to borrow for the practice sessions.

What gear do you wear?

Other than rollerblades, a helmet is required. Other gear that 99% of players wear includes: gloves, elbow pads, shin pads, cup, and track pants.

What kind of stick should I use?

Most players use a regular ice hockey stick with no tape on the blade. Some players use tape on the face of the blade, but tape on the bottom of the blade will cause it to have trouble sliding on the floor.

What type of rollerblades should I use?

Most players prefer a hockey skate-style rollerblade. Brakes are not allowed (they can usually easily be removed).

If I can’t use a brake how do I stop?

Roller hockey is more about tight turns than stopping. Players typically drag one foot to slow down and then perform a tight turn to come to a stop or change direction quickly.

What type of wheels are recommended?

Rollerblade wheels come with a hardness rating (typically in the range of 74A to 84A). The higher the number, the harder the wheel. Harder wheels provide more speed but less control. Softer wheels provide more control and slower speed. Generally speaking, most players prefer softer wheels (78A) for indoor roller hockey. A heavy player may need harder wheels as the softer wheels will heat up and break quicker.

Are there any odd rules I should know about?

It is 4 on 4 hockey. The most important rule to know is the offside rule, which is that you cannot pass the puck over the red line (in other words, you must carry it over the red line). Someone can stay in the opposing team’s end the entire game if they want to and they will not be offside as long as the puck is carried over the red line before someone passes it to them.

How are teams decided?

The FRHL holds a draft each year to determine teams. The order of the draft picks are not made public (so no one has to worry about being Phil Kessel). Teams typically have 7 or 8 players and a goalie.

How long is the season?

The season typically starts the end of May or start of June and goes until the middle of August. Games are twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays). The playoffs usually end towards the middle/end of August.