The RI names inscribed on the Stanley Cup reflect our state’s rich hockey heritage
The mission of the RI Hockey Hall of Fame is to preserve and showcase the rich history and heritage of the game of hockey in our state while recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of players, coaches, administrators, officials and teams. New members will be inducted annually for extraordinary achievement and contributions to the game over the course of their careers.
Of all the major sports, our state produces and contributes more players, coaches and executives to the highest levels of the game of hockey than any other.
We believe that the best of those who have played it, served it and distinguished themselves in doing so should be honored so that their achievements may continue to both inspire and pave the way for present and future generations of young men and women who dream of reaching the highest heights of our great game.
The Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization formed in September of 2016. It is a collaboration of two well-established entities with longstanding contributions to hockey’s growth and the best interests of players, coaches, officials and fans in Rhode Island – RI Hockey, Inc. and the RI Reds Heritage Society.
RI Hockey, Inc.
RI Hockey, the local chapter of USA Hockey, represents all of the youth leagues in Rhode Island. USA Hockey is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the governing body for organized amateur ice hockey in the United States and a member of the International Hockey Federation.
RI Hockey represents the over 4,000 registered youth hockey players engaged in our community youth leagues throughout the state, as well as hundreds of adult players, coaches and officials.
It is responsible for governance, compliance, and eligibility rules for member activities in RI, as well as the hosting of tournaments and the evaluation of players to determine which individuals and teams will represent our state at Regional and National Tournaments and Player Development Camps.
RI Reds Heritage Society
Partnering in this endeavor is the RI Reds Heritage Society, whose mission is to preserve the history and memory of the RI Reds, the genesis of hockey’s immense popularity and growth in Rhode Island. With a membership of nearly 700, the Society hosts an annual player reunion, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and maintains an exhibit of the team’s colorful history at the Providence Civic Center, heir to the RI Auditorium, the birthplace of professional hockey in our state.
The Society’s expanded mission over the years has been to recognize past and present player and leader achievement, assist in developing player skills, advance player and fan safety, and promote the practice of fair play and good sportsmanship at all levels of the sport. Its annual “Unsung Heroes” awards recognize RI high school athletes who have distinguished themselves both on and off the ice.
The RI Hockey Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with original funding provided by its two founding organizations and the contributions of volunteers and friends of our hockey community. Donations are sought to help stage our annual formal enshrinement ceremonies, maintain our virtual Hall of Fame website, and to fund and maintain three significant projects.
With the financial support and assistance of individuals, businesses, and local institutions, our additional goals are to soon create a “Wall of Fame”, a memorial to pay perpetual tribute to our inductees in an appropriate and prominent public venue. Our longer-range objectives are to create a permanent public exhibit to showcase our state’s illustrious hockey history and to develop charitable programs to continue to grow and expand the opportunities for young people to play and enjoy our great game.
Rhode Islanders have captured a wealth of Olympic & World Championship gold
The RIHHOF Board of Directors comprises nine volunteer individuals with direct and longtime connection to professional and amateur hockey in RI. Its primary purpose is to establish criteria for induction, create profiles of all qualifying candidates, and present nominees to a qualified Selection Committee for its impartial evaluations and selections.