Friends of Alexandria Inline Hockey Association -
As many of you are likely aware, the future of hockey at Raue Pond has been uncertain over the last few years. After Alexandria Inline Hockey Association (AIHA) founder Bill Raue moved to England, he faced the realities of trying to run a hockey league from 2,000 miles away and nearly shut down AIHA for good about two years ago due to the challenges of this arrangement. In an effort to preserve roller hockey at Raue Pond, a group of longtime AIHA players (Alex Silverman, Ben Malakoff, Ethan McAfee, and Jared Elder) offered to help Bill manage the day-to-day operations of the organization in return for not shutting down AIHA. With the support of the Sunday and Thursday league commissioners (Josh Barnette and Greg Spinelli respectively), we have been able to stabilize the organization and are now excited to announce a plan that will ensure roller hockey continues at Raue Pond for the foreseeable future.
Over the last year we have been closely working with Bill Raue, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), and DC Street Hockey (DCSH) to put in place an agreement that will allow for the rink and leagues to continue without disruption. To this end, ARHL now holds a formal long term lease with exclusive rights to operate roller hockey leagues at Raue Pond. This is just the first step of many towards fulfilling ARHL’s mission:
To continue to offer competitive roller hockey at an affordable price, while preserving the culture of Raue Pond, reinvesting in the rink infrastructure, and ultimately improving the overall playing experience.
Finally, we want to take a moment to thank Bill for founding and dedicating years to building AIHA, and for creating this unique community that has become a sanctuary or second home to so many of us. We appreciate having his full support throughout the transition process, and wish him the best of luck on his new endeavors.
We are excited that roller hockey is here to stay for many years to come, and look forward to turning the page on a new chapter in the history of Raue Pond with all of you.
Tag(s): ARHL Leagues