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The RI Auditorium – Epicenter of RI Hockey for Nearly Half a Century

2020-05-27T10:49:08-04:00May 27th, 2020|

The news first appeared on the front page of the Providence Journal the morning of April 18th, 1925. Headlines announced plans for Rhode Island to become the home of New England’s largest auditorium, “an imposing structure of artistic design, seating 8,000 persons and costing $500,000.” The new facility was hailed as being “of vital importance [...]

Digit Murphy Named President of Toronto Franchise in National Women’s Hockey League

2020-05-13T16:44:26-04:00May 13th, 2020|

Rhode Island’s Margaret “Digit” Murphy, one of the most victorious coaches in NCAA women’s hockey over her 22 seasons at Brown University, has been announced as the president of Toronto’s new (yet to be named) franchise in the National Women’s Hockey League. Digit, a Cranston, RI, native, who also coached the Boston Blades to two [...]

Hank Coupe: the Renaissance Man of RI Hockey did it all from the ice on up

2020-05-13T07:27:26-04:00May 13th, 2020|

Like so many other Rhode Islanders whose hockey careers are highlighted by both on- and of-ice achievement, it is impossible to categorize Henry J. Coupe, Jr. as simply either a “Player” or “Pillar” member of our nation’s hockey community for he excelled at both. Born in 1921 in Cranston, “Hank”, as he was known, was [...]

The Gilbane’s – RI’s Contribution to the 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice”

2020-04-27T12:59:21-04:00April 27th, 2020|

The 40th anniversary of what might be the greatest upset in sports history – the United States’ victory over the Soviet Union’s thought-to-be-invincible hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympics – just passed, and the memories came flowing back as one news outlet after another reached into its vaults and resurrected moments of what has [...]

Colby Cave: Remembering a Talented Young Man Who Loved and Respected the Game

2020-04-14T18:01:34-04:00April 14th, 2020|

Colby Cave was one of those rare players. His infectious smile, attitude and work ethic were second to none and everyone around him fed off his energy. The news of his recent passing at the age of 25 shocked the hockey world. Cave had been placed in a medical induced coma before he had surgery [...]

Art Lesieur – Rhode Island’s very first hockey Legend & Hero was born under the Stars & Stripes

2020-03-17T10:54:42-04:00March 17th, 2020|

Art Lesieur is a Providence Reds and Rhode Island hockey legend. With his skillful, imposing blueline play and his rights owned by the Montreal Canadiens, local fans and opposing players, alike, assumed he was Canadian. To the contrary, he was born and raised just 20 miles away in nearby Fall River, MA on September 13, [...]

Buster Clegg Named Recipient of 2020 “Chace Award” for Lifetime Contributions to Hockey

2020-03-12T08:58:50-04:00March 12th, 2020|

The RI Hockey Hall of Fame has announced that Barrington, RI’s, Sylvester “Buster” Clegg, former GM of the RI Reds and founder/president of the RI Reds Heritage Society, has been selected the recipient of the 2020 Malcolm Greene Chace Memorial Trophy recognizing “Achievement and Outstanding Service by a Rhode Islander to the Game of Hockey”. [...]

A History of #EBUG (Emergency Back Up Goalie) in Providence

2020-03-04T16:14:23-05:00February 28th, 2020|

If you're a hockey fan, odds are overwhelming that you’ve heard the story about David Ayres and #EBUG: https://www.nhl.com/news/hurricanes-emergency-backup-goalie-against-maple-leafs/c-315410618 And a great story it is. However, it's one we've heard in these parts before. You'd have to have seen a few faceoffs to remember this one. 20-year-old George Dermksian, who played goal for Central High School -- which hasn't [...]

New “Wall of Fame” Pays Perpetual Tribute to RI’s Hockey Heroes & History

2020-02-26T11:52:10-05:00February 26th, 2020|

When the RI Hockey Hall of Fame was conceived and established in 2016, work immediately began to thoroughly research Rhode Island’s long and deep hockey history. While the research has often been exhaustive, the wealth of information and detail uncovered has been richly revealing…and there is yet more to uncover and share. In addition to [...]

“Class of 2020” Reveal Shares Spotlight with New “Wall of Fame” Unveiling at the Dunk

2020-03-06T11:28:20-05:00February 24th, 2020|

The names of seven local hockey greats who represent the RI Hockey Hall of Fame’s “Class of 2020” were unveiled on February 22nd between periods of the Providence Bruins vs Springfield Thunderbirds “Hall of Fame Game” at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. The occasion also marked the unveiling of the Hall of Fame’s new [...]