WHAT IS INLINE HOCKEY?
Same concept as ice hockey, but with roller blades instead of ice skates.
Thought to have been established about 1940; first competitive season began in the United States in 1961.
Played on variety of surfaces, including wood and concrete. Also known as roller hockey. Five per side, including a goalie.
Strongest countries are United States, Canada and Czech Republic.
New Zealand Inline Hockey Association was established in 1995. There are 40 inline hockey clubs in New Zealand, including one in Tawa.
New Zealand first qualified for the world championships at the Asia/Pacific qualification tournament in 1999.