Around the track with The Hellions

Check out this short documentary about the Hellions of Troy Roller Derby. It's a good introduction to some of the culture of roller derby, including the basics of the game, the names, and what draws people to play.

The creator of the doc is Shannon Straney, a photographer here in the Albany area. (Maybe that name sounds familiar -- we interviewed her last fall about a different documentary project.)

The Hellions 2014 season will be starting up soon -- they play their home matches at the Rollarama in Schenectady.

As it happens, the Capital Region has not one but two roller derby groups. The Albany All Stars' season picks up again in February at the Washington Ave Armory.

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Not two, but three roller derby groups! The Capital District Men's Roller Derby league will be starting its fourth season in March.

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