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November 1993 Minnesota migrated to a new habitat in Hockey, going from the Cold climate of Professional ICE Hockey to the Warm Climate of Professional Roller Hockey, and  joined the RHI (ROLLER HOCKEY INTERNATIONAL) League, and was part of the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. The owners of Blast Entertainment named the team MINNESOTA ARCTIC BLAST. 

Roller Hockey International began play in 1993 with 12 teams in three Divisions,

(MURPHY DIVISION): Connecticut Coasters, Florida Hammerheads, St. Louis Vipers, Toronto Planets,

(KING DIVISION): Calgary Radz, Portland Rage, Utah Rollerbees, Vancouver Voodoo,

(BUSS DIVISION): Anaheim Bullfrogs, Los Angeles Blades, Oakland Skates, and San Diego Barracudas.

In 1994 RHI (Roller Hockey International) Expanded from 12 teams to 24 that inclueded a Minnesota franchise the MINNESOTA ARCTIC BLAST was joined by 12 other teams. So the RHI had to add TWO Conferences and Change the Divisions:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

 

(ATLANTIC DIVISION): Buffalo Stampede, Montreal Roadrunners, New Jersey Rockin Rollers, Philadelphia Bulldogs, Tampa Bay Tritans; (CENTRAL DIVISION): Atlanta Fire Ants, Chicago Cheetas, MINNESOTA ARCTIC BLAST, New England Stingers, Pittsburgh Phantoms, St.Louis Vipers;

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

 

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EST DIVISION): Calgary Radz, Edmonton Sled Dogs, Phoenix Cobras, Portland Rage, Sacramento River Rats, Vancouver Voodoo: (PACIFIC DIVISION): Anaheim Bullfrogs, Las Vegas Flash, Los Angeles Blades, San Diego Barracudas, San Jose Rhinos:.

The MINNESOTA ARCTIC BLAST made their Roller Hockey International (RHI) debut on June 6th 1994 (Vs) Atlanta Fire Ants (Atlanta Fire Ants were also part of the RHI Expansion in 1994) at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

But after the 1994 season the franchise took a year of hibernation while planning to move into a new league. That never happened so the team rejoined the RHI in 1996. In 1995 the Arctic Blast were replaced by the Minnesota Blue Ox before the Arctic Blast came out of hibernation to returned to the RHI in 1996.The Blue Ox had a lot of the Arctic Blast players on their Roster with some new faces. The Blue Ox played there 1995 season home games at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood, MN. After the 1996 season the Arctic Blast would not return to the RHI and then in 1998 the RHI took a leave of absence and return in 1999 with the Minnesota Blue Ox returning, but RHI folded after the 1999 season. They attempted to come back in 2000 as Major League Hockey (MLH), but they couldn't get things together to start the season. At this time, there isn't anything to indicate that RHI or any other nation wide pro league will play any time in the near future. Because the league folded it forced the Arctic Blast to return to hibernation.

The Minnesota Arctic Blast are suing Roller Hockey Int'l in an attempt to jump from the league -- a move that "could lead to
the disintegration" of the league and provide "an opening" for the NHL to sponsor roller hockey teams, according to this
morning's Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE.  Paul McEnroe reports that Arctic Blast President Peter Jocketty says he has "had conversations" with NHL officials "who are showing interest" in roller hockey.
Jockety:  "The NHL wants a situation where each NHL owner would have the right of first refusal when it comes to operating a
roller team in a particular city."  The Arctic Blast will present its case in front of U.S. District Judge David Doty, claiming that
RHI "fraudulently charged varying franchise fees that discriminated between teams," while violating state franchise
laws by failing to "file or register a public offering statement."  Jockety blames team losses of $500,000 in '94 on
poor league operations (STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/26/1995).

 


August 18, 1996: Laylin gives Blast top seed in playoffs. Former Gophers hockey player Cory Laylin scored the game-winning goal in a sudden death shootout Monday night to give the Minnesota Arctic Blast a 7-6 win over Empire State.The victory assured the Blast (21-6) the top seed in the Eastern Conference going into the first round of the Roller Hockey International league playoffs, which start Sunday. The first round consists of a best-of-three series, and the Blast will play the second-place team from the Central Division -- either St. Louis or Montreal. Minnesota will end its regular season Thursday at Ottawa and will play its first home playoff game Aug. 20.



July 22, 1996: Arctic Blast Beat Jackals for 15th in a row! Arctic Blast Beat Jackals For 15th Consecutive Victory. The Orlando Jackals lost, 9-5, Sunday to the Minnesota Arctic Blast, which won their 15th consecutive Roller Hockey International game.The Jackals, who lost to Minnesota, 8-7, on Saturday, have lost three consecutive games.Hugo Proulx scored twice for the Jackals. Doug Lawrence, Lance Brady and Daniel Shank also scored for Orlando. Bill Lund scored three goals for Minnesota. Bill Horn started his first game for the Jackals and turned away 38 of 47 shots.Minnesota goaltender Derek Herlofsky stopped 39 of 44 shots.


 

June 14, 1996: Justing McHugh was honored by Blast. Former Gophers hockey player Justin McHugh was honored at the Target Center by the Arctic Blast as part of Community Night. McHugh, 22, is a forward on the roller hockey team and will be asked to skate around the rink with the crowd before the game against the New Jersey Rockin' Rollers. The Minnetonka native's parents will drop the opening puck. While with the Gophers, McHugh was a co-captain during the 1994-95 season. He recorded 126 total points on 66 goals and 60 assists and played in 160 games between 1991 and 1995.


 
May 24, 1996BLAST from the past; Minnesota's original roller-hockey team disbanded in 1994, but after a renewed commitment from the league, it is back!  The Minnesota Arctic Blast is back, and this time the team plans on sticking around. The Blast joined Roller Hockey International (RHI) in 1994 but dropped out after the season, concerned about a lack of commitment from the league's management and owners. But after an unsuccessful attempt to form a competing league, team president Peter Jocketty is convinced the league has changed and the sport is ready to flourish in Minnesota and across the country. "It's going to be a solid entity," Jocketty said. "Look at the growth of roller hockey. Someone's going to thrive in this. It's just a matter of who hangs in there." After the Announcement of the Roller Hockey International Minnesota Arctic Blast Roller Hockey franchise in1994, the team held a try out in early April at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood, Minnesota with over 40 hockey players trying out.


 


October 26, 1995: The Minnesota Arctic Blast sued Roller Hockey International in an attempt to jump from the league -- a move that "could lead to the disintegration" of the league and provide "an opening" for the NHL to sponsor roller hockey teams, according to the Minneaolis Star Tribune.  Paul McEnroe reports that Arctic Blast President Peter Jocketty says he has "had conversations" with NHL officials "who are showing interest" in roller hockey. Jockety:  "The NHL wants a situation where each NHL owner would have the right of first refusal when it comes to operating a roller team in a particular city."  The Arctic Blast will present its case in front of U.S. District Judge David Doty, claiming that (RHI) "fraudulently charged varying franchise fees that discriminated between teams," while violating state franchise laws by failing to "file or register a public offering statement."  Jockety blames team losses of $500,000 in 1994 on poor league operations.


 

August 25, 1994 the Civic Arena A.K.A. "The Igloo" (Home to the NHL's Pittsburg Penguins) roof opened to the Space Odessy theme song while the Pittsburg Phantoms played the Minnesota Arctic Blast. It was the first time the stainless steel dome was opened for a professional hockey game.

August 13, 1994: Arctic Blast's regular season ends with a 13-10 victory over the New England Stingers and Winning the Central Division Championship and the RHI's best overall record in 1994 at 18-3-1.  

 

JUNE 6,1994:  The Minnesota Arctic Blast of the Roller Hockey International league open their inaugural season against the Atlanta Fire Ants and Crush the Fire Ants 23-3.

May 16, 1994: The Arctic Blast opens inaugural training camp with more then 40 players in attendance.

April 21, 1994: Minnesota Arctic Blast opens tryouts to public.

March 14, 1994:  Cities Hockey Inc. introduces the new RHI team name: MN Arctic Blast, and the logo to the local media and the state of Minnesota.  In addition to the local news and papers, owners Dennis Murphy & Ralph Backstrom were in attendance to announce the team name and that they would be playing their home games at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Feb. 22, 1994:  Cities Hockey Inc. (Ownership group of the MN Arctic Blast - RHI team) submits to the league 15 protected players including:  Nole Rahn, Dave Shute, Ron Saatzer, Bill Pye, Bryan Brandt and Jim Hau.

Feb. 15, 1994:  Cities Hockey Inc. (Ownership group of the Minnesota Arctic Blast) enters into a partnership with Minnesota Metro In-Line Hockey, the governing body of amateur roller hockey in Minnesota.

Feb. 8, 1994:  Final drawing of the Minnesota Artic Blast of the Roller Hockey International League was presented to the ownership group, Cities Hockey Inc. by Valentine Designs and Marketing

Feb.1, 1994:  R. David Spreng, Peter Jocketty & Kevin McMahon met with Dana Warg or the Target Center and agreed to terms for the MN Arctic Blast Roller Hockey Int. team to play games at the downtown arena.  Former NHL and North Stars standout Dennis Maruk was additionally hired as Head Coach.

Jan 26, 1994:  Cities Hockey Inc., (Minnesota Artic Blast Roller Hockey team) management met with Valentine Design and Marketing to discuss the development of a team name and logo.  Minneapolis downtown council offers to support the new RHI team to agreeing to sponsor a pre-game party in June.

Jan. 1, 1994:  Members Dan Brooks and Tom Sagisor, of the Minnesota Arctic Blast Roller Hockey International team, were named Co-Directors of Player Development.

NOV.1, 1993:  Investors R. David Spreng and Paul Jaas make a deposit to bring a new Roller Hockey International (RHI) hockey team to Minnesota later named the Minnesota Arctic Blast.