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Mid-State Arena: A Labor of Local Love for the “Father” of East Greenwich Hockey

2020-09-09T12:23:57-04:00September 9th, 2020|

In the late sixties and early seventies, there were only a few stations on our television dials. Over our New England winters, three and sometimes four times a week, when 7 pm rolled around, households throughout the region tuned to UHF channel 38 in Boston. The Bruins were on and, through often grainy images, Bobby [...]

The 1963 Ice Bowl All-Stars: Ambassadors for our Nation & an Audience with a King

2020-08-26T14:17:33-04:00August 25th, 2020|

For a young hockey player several accomplishments are achieved during their pee-wee days. Some of these milestones might include scoring their first goal, lifting the puck, winning their first game, or for one bunch of Rhode Island pee-wee players - meeting the King of Sweden! If after reading that last sentence you thought to yourself [...]

If you skated in RI, your blades were likely sharpened on a Roger Guillemette machine

2020-08-21T11:41:58-04:00August 11th, 2020|

From youth leagues through college in the late fifties and sixties, Woonsocket’s Roger G. Guillemette was one of New England’s most highly accomplished hockey talents. A super-quick forward, Guillemette enrolled at nearby Mount St. Charles before transferring to LaSalle Academy for his sophomore year. The All-State forward would go on to lead the Rams in [...]

Dudley Richards Arena – born out of one dedicated couple’s passion for figure skating

2020-08-02T12:54:32-04:00August 2nd, 2020|

We call them “hockey” rinks because, well, we play hockey. They’re really “ice” rinks, a playground for all sorts of recreation, not the least of which is figure skating, which most certainly preceded hockey as a recreational pastime. Patricia and Betty Ann Farrell grew up on figure skates. Their father, the late Dr. Charles Farrell, [...]

Iceland – Rhode Island’s Visionary Outdoor Hockey Haven in Neighboring Seekonk

2020-07-20T12:20:37-04:00July 20th, 2020|

Anthony Venditti became famous in automotive circles, not only here in Rhode Island but in a good part of the nation. Known as the “Godfather” of stock car racing in New England, his almost single-handed creation of the Seekonk Speedway and the innovations he introduced to the sport there made him one of the early [...]

“Rollie’s Skate Shop” – The story of perhaps Rhode Island’s Most Famous “Grinder”

2020-07-14T14:35:32-04:00July 3rd, 2020|

For the smallest state in the country, Rhode Island has certainly turned out more than its fair share of great hockey figures – on ice and off.  And behind the scenes there have been a number of key figures who ensured our players got the competitive edge they needed. To the Rhode Islanders who chose [...]

The Ice Bowl: the surprising incubator for some of Rhode Island’s greatest hockey players

2020-06-23T17:43:39-04:00June 23rd, 2020|

When the RI Auditorium opened in 1926 it was the state’s very first indoor rink. With it, the game’s popularity exploded. Before too long there were too many players, too many teams and too many leagues for the available arena ice time. In order to meet their expanding needs, high schools, colleges and local amateur [...]

Jack Ferreira & The Legend of “Mr. Magoo” – Debunked

2020-06-11T12:23:06-04:00June 11th, 2020|

When visiting the Boston University athletics website, the entry on their Terrier hall-of-fame goalie, long-time NHL executive and Rhode Island native, Jack Ferreira, reads: “Ferreira, who was legally blind and nicknamed ‘Mr. Magoo’ by his teammates, gave up just 2.0 goals a game and recorded eight shutouts.” While his stats are exceptional and indisputable, the [...]

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 [...]