Rolf Remlinger is the son of German immigrants who came to the United States in 1958. Rolf grew up wearing lederhosen (yes he did!) while running around the streets of Detroit, and later, Warren, Michigan. His love for comics and cartoons grew out of the daily funny papers, cutting out and collecting Family Circle, BC, Spiderman, and others while reading Mad Magazine and various comic books. Later, comics like Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County and especially The Far Side influenced him to pick up the pen and put his amateur art skills to the test… Hockey Daze was born.
Currently, Rolf lives in central Ohio where he teaches music in the public schools, plays in various bands, goes to hockey games, and hangs around the house with his wife and two sons. With his sons, Rolf was also active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He even served as their high school band director successfully leading them to competition at the state level, he also led the band to an Outback Bowl performance in 2012. Rolf is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education and has received the Boy Scouts Bridgebuilder award.
Having grown up in the Detroit area, a love of hockey, the Red Wings, and all things Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman was fostered. Ironically, Hockey Daze came about due to a baseball strike. He started to share these initial drawings, and with the encouragement of Walt Voyzey from PNW Sports, Rolf started drawing more Hockey Daze comics.
Always intrigued by the single panel comic, Hockey Daze was patterned after the weird and wonderful world of Gary Larson and his “Far Side” comics. Hockey Daze was even featured in the “Cleveland Plain Dealer” newspaper as a tribute to Gary Larson upon his retirement. The first big break came from international minor league hockey magazine “Hockey Ink” where Rolf also served as a reporter covering the RHI, ECHL, and IHL leagues in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Columbus. Other publications followed, most notably “Michigan Hockey,” “Hockey Stop,” and various booster club newsletters such as the “Grizz Bizz” and the “Chill Seekers.”
With the rigors of band directing and raising two very active boys, Hockey Daze went dormant for much of the decade following Y2K. Seeing the original artworks paper and ink start to deteriorate, it was time to digitize the collection and resurrect the brand for future generations.