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The Bikini Hockey League is real, and it’s fantastic

May 11, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

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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.

Any sport that lists a “casting call” on its web site rather than “tryouts” is bound to be legitimate. Right? From the Bikini Hockey League web site (PDF file):

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.

  1. allmyteamsareterrible - May 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    This is exactly why women’s sports are a joke. You don’t see Men’s Banana Hammock Football coming to an arena near you. Want to know why? Because the actual athletic talent of men’s sports doesn’t need a gimmick or a thong to make them compelling. Women just stop already. Go get real jobs, or if you are actually athletic pursue an olympic career in something. This sort of garbage should be insulting to women.

  2. rabidbillsfan - May 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Whoa, bud, way to be a buzz-kill. First, whose to say these women don’t have “Real Jobs”? Most Lacrosse players work full-time jobs throughout the season, using Lacrosse as a bonus. The brass facts of it is that, Sex Sells, simple as that. Also, you mention the olympics, I’ll stick to the sport in question to reduce confusion. There are 22 roster spots for a hockey team, so maybe you have a team of 27? 30? I’m sure there are more than 30 women out there who can play a decent brand of hockey. There is no proffesional womens hockey teams of any importance, so why not offer this as a solution? It’s just like football players and head injuries. Whats more important? Money and fame? Or, in this case, a womans dignity and self-esteem. I say, more power to them! If they want to play “Professional” hockey, and this is their only opprotunity, have at it. These women won’t be forced, they know what they are getting in to, and I’m sure they don’t care. If anything is taking advantage of women, it’s wrestling. First, it’s not real wrestling, and second, it’s not real at all, they make a show out of it, it’s not real competition.

  3. hwatt - May 11, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    are they playing with real pucks? The bruises would get crazy after the first game… unless they’re only playing one game. Or are they betting that the pretty girls won’t hit it hard enough to bruise anybody?

  4. mikeone496 - May 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Suddenly there is an interest in Hockey…:]

    • michiganhockey11 - May 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      Nice one. Way to go after low haning fruit. Just because you haven’t realized that the NHL contains players who actually love the game and play through sick injuries, and prima donnas are all but non-existenet compared to the other 3 major sports. The only issue hockey has is that it’s speed does not translate on tv. Period.

  5. florida727 - May 15, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    All I have to say is this better be on free TV and not restricted to Pay-Per-View.