Hammer City Roller Derby

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Hammer City Roller Derby
League logo
Metro areaHamilton, Ontario
TeamsEh! Team (A team)
Dundurn Hassle (B team)
Pier Pressure (rookie)
Track type(s)Flat
VenueDave Andreychuk Arena
J. L. Grightmire Arena

Hammer City Roller Derby is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Hamilton, Ontario. Founded in 2006, the league currently consists of three teams which compete against teams from other leagues, and is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).


The league was founded as Hammer City Roller Girls in January 2006,[1] and played its first bout in July, attracting almost 1,000 fans to what was described as "the region's first roller derby in decades".[2] In 2009, Hammer City became one of the first two Canadian leagues accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[3] In February 2017, the organization rebranded itself as Hammer City Roller Derby, to "more accurately reflect the diversity of (its) membership".[4][5]

League structure[edit]

When the league was first formed, there were three home teams: The Death Row Dames, The Hamilton Harlots and The Steeltown Tank Girls.[1] In early 2011 Hammer City reorganized the league structure, keeping the Harlots as a secondary travel team to the charter Eh! Team, which competes in the WFTDA North Central Region.[6] In 2007, the Harlots were the very first winners of the Beast of The East invitational tournament hosted by Montreal Roller Derby.[7] In 2014, Hammer City was placed in the WFTDA's Division 2, having finished at 85 overall the previous year.

As of February 2017, in conjunction with the league rebrand, Hammer City features three teams: the A-level WFTDA charter team remains the Eh! Team, the B-level Harlots become the Dundurn Hassle (named in honour of local landmark, Dundurn Castle), and the rookie-level team is Pier Pressure.[4][5] Hammer City hosts home games at Dave Andreychuk Arena in Hamilton.[5]

WFTDA rankings[edit]

Former Hammer City logo
Season Final ranking[8] Playoffs Championship
2009 17 NC[9] DNQ DNQ
2010 18 NC[10] DNQ DNQ
2011 25 NC[11] DNQ DNQ
2012 29 NC[12] DNQ DNQ
2013 85 WFTDA[13] DNQ DNQ
2014 108 WFTDA[14] DNQ DNQ
2015 144 WFTDA[15] DNQ DNQ
2016 147 WFTDA[16] DNQ DNQ


  1. ^ a b Leblanc, Denis (9 May 2008). "Women's roller derby ready to rock the city". Hamilton Scores. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Get the painkillers, roller derby's back", The Hamilton Spectator, 24 July 2006
  3. ^ "WFTDA Announces International Expansion", WFTDA, 6 November 2009
  4. ^ a b "New Name. New Look. 100% Hammer City. – Hammer City Roller Derby". hammercityrollergirls.ca. Hammer City Roller Derby. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Mahoney, Jeff (2 March 2017). "Typhoid Maggie and Co. have new way to roll". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Hammer City Roller Girls". WFTDA. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Beast of the East". Montreal Roller Derby. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  9. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 21 February 2017.