ABOUT THE INVENTOR
About the Inventor
A successful business executive and civic leader, Bellehumeur is a past president of the Port of Long Beach at a time during which it was the largest-volume port in North America, and Alex was a governor’s appointee to the World Trade Commission. Most importantly, he has a passion for solving product-related challenges, currently holding 12 patents, with 3 more pending. Transforming a sport with the invention of SpeedPuck™ and the DXS disk brake is all the more remarkable in light of the fact that Alex has never played hockey or been on inline skates.
Capitalizing on the grassroots phenomenon of inline hockey in the early 1990s, Alex Bellehumeur identified the need to develop a puck to move easily and quickly on a surface to better simulate the movement of an ice hockey puck. In addition, its design had to allow for flexibility and resilience and most importantly ensure a level of control for the players in order to make the game faster and more enjoyable. Thus the SpeedPuck™ was born.
History was made on July 2, 1993, when the JOFA Speed Puck was dropped for the first time before 13,000 fans at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in the inaugural game of Roller Hockey International. This first professional roller hockey league, which was co-founded by Bellehumeur, combined with what became the grandfather of all in-line hockey pucks, revolutionized the sport forever.
One of the main features distinguishing the puck, are the “runners” attached to the surface. This innovation makes it fast enough to sustain a high-level of intense play for both the professional and the amateur, with the ability to reach speeds in excess of 100 mph.
Bellehumeur is also the co-founder of SpeedHockey™ a professional hockey league. SpeedHockey™ is hockey on fast forward. Designed for television viewing, SpeedHockey™ is more exciting for the players, fans and spectators thanks to a reduced-size rink that has a unique configuration and new rules to ensure the action is continuous and always front and center. Find more information at www.speedhockey.com.