May 11, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT
First of all, Bikini Hockey League owner Cary Eskridge does not appreciate his sport being compared to the Lingerie Football League. Keith Whitmire of Fox Sports reports:
“I don’t like to be compared to that, really,” Eskridge said. “It’s a totally, completely different sport. I don’t want to say anything negative, I just think this will be more compelling and engaging. But time will tell.”
Whoa, sounds like the gauntlet — and other clothing items — have been thrown.
More facts about Bikini Hockey League:
- It’s not played on ice. It will be inline skating, and can be played indoors or out.
- Current plans call for only two teams. While Eskridge says he hopes to expand into a full-fledged league in the future, right now he’s developing a reality TV show centered on tryouts for the two teams.
- Players will wear two-piece bikinis — plus helmets with clear face shields, elbow pads, gloves, padded compression pants and shin guards.
Will the emphasis be on looks or athletic talent? Bet on the former. But still, it appears there are some legitimate athletes in the mix.
One prospect is Ashley Riggs, who played in college and tried out for the Canadian Olympic team.
Another prospect, Candace Warn, played inline hockey on a boys’ team as a kid but is now a member of a dance team for an arena football team. Warn’s father, David, coached her as a kid and still plays inline and ice hockey himself.
The best part is that Eskridge is “currently scouting for a mansion” where the reality series will be shot, al la The Bachelor.
The idea of a bikini hockey league came to Tulsan Cary Eskridge back in 2004 when the National Hockey League lockout occurred. The lack of major league hockey left the media scrambling to fill the void of hockey news and fans looking for other forms of entertainment. Not a man to sit still, Eskridge started looking for ways to fill the void and that is when the idea of bikini hockey came to Eskridge’s mind. But there was not enough time to react and make the dream a reality at that time. So the idea stayed on the back burner waiting for the right time. Well, that time has finally come.
Filming for the pilot begins in June.
Photo: Bikini Hockey League.
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