"It is fun," says Barahona. "There's a lot of back and forth, and with only eight people skating, the play is wide open. It's exciting. You know, this might actually turn into something."
That, of course, is the hope of the founders and the owners and everyone else who has sunk time and money into this enterprise. But whether professional roller hockey goes down in sporting history as a brilliant idea or lands on the dump heap of defunct leagues—a slope of which is already owned by Murphy and King—remains to be seen. "Nobody will make money the first year," says King. "Nothing is an instant success. Of course, I'd love to be proved wrong."