by Marie Sly


DETROIT – The Detroit Dragons, the oldest named franchise of the National Roller Hockey League (NRHL) are excited to announce hockey veteran Steve Shannon as the General Manager for the organization.

Shannon, who has been playing hockey since he was five years old, played in the ACHA before becoming a police officer. He joined the Detroit Police Department team and was fortunate to play in places such as Sweden, Toronto, and New York City while running the hockey team.

“I’ve known (NRHL Partner) Rob Valicevic since around 1996 when I was running a pro ice hockey summer conditioning program – Pat Verbeek put me in charge of running the program and eventually moved over to Fraser (Hockeyland),” said Shannon. “Fraser bent over backwards for us, eventually coached the Motor City Mechanics during the lockout year, eventually being approached to coach the original Detroit Dragons team.”

Shannon has several goals for building an entire program from it’s infancy. He plans to put together the best team he possibly can assemble in Detroit and on the business side, grow the game in the community. His organization will push to have the best family-friendly and yet competitive atmosphere in the NRHL.

“Steve threw his hat in the ring for the head coaching position in Detroit, but the more I talked to him, the more I knew he would make a great General Manager, so that’s what we went to him with,” said Bobby Clouston, Commissioner and Co-Founder of the NRHL. “His reputation and experience in the hockey world are unmatched and we don’t see how that will do anything but help us out as we grow the Dragons into a top professional roller hockey team.”

“I’ve never played roller but trained on roller every summer, it’s a fun game, fast-paced and I know that even the truest of ice hockey fans, living in Hockeytown, will truly enjoy professional level roller hockey,” noted Shannon.

Shannon lives in Ocala, Florida, and plans to commute to Detroit as needed until the beginning of the season, when he will relocate back to the Detroit area full time.

Registration is open to declare for the Free Agent Draft. You can register by going to the NRHL website and filling out the form.

The first round of the 2020 NRHL Draft is complete and the following players were drafted: Detroit Dragons – Jerry Kuhn; Grand Rapids Warthogs – Tom McCollum; Port Huron Yeti – Tyler Spezia; St. Louis Vipers – Shane Fox. There are six rounds left, and each round will be held on the next six Saturday evenings.

The National Roller Hockey League is the only professional inline hockey league in North America and has teams in Detroit, St. Louis, Port Huron, and Grand Rapids. For more information, visit our website at and find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, and YouTube.