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Local arena to host collegiate roller hockey

By STEVE LEE

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001


NEW PORT RICHEY -- Two former Springstead players will lead the University of South Florida into this weekend's roller hockey tournament at All Sports Arena, marking the first college roller hockey series in Pasco County.

Forward Glen Miller and goaltender Steve Johnson, who each played for Springstead before the demise of its club roller hockey league last year, have led the Bulls (18-2) to first place in the Southeast Region of the Collegiate Roller Hockey League.

Miller is sixth in the league in scoring with 22 goals and 24 assists for 46 points. Johnson has a 3.50 goals-against average and 18 wins.

Nine college teams will play at the New Port Richey rink in the two-day series that begins Saturday at 1 p.m. Games will be played through 11 p.m. and continue Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Miller and Johnson are freshmen who have played for numerous recreational and tournament teams throughout Pasco and Hernando counties.

"It's a lot tougher than any of the rec leagues I've played in," Miller said, comparing his former teams to college teams. "It's pretty physical. (The referees) let a lot go, the hitting and everything."

USF is coached by Tony Szabo, a former professional roller hockey player who oversees the youth hockey program at the local rink.

Admission to the tournament at All Sports Arena, located at 7716 Rutillio Court, is free.

For information call (727) 815-8465.

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