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Brother Adelard and the Colorful History of “The Flying Frenchmen”

2019-01-18T15:05:49+00:00 January 18th, 2019|

When Alfred “Al” Thurier was inducted into the Mount St. Charles Hall of Fame in 2013, the hockey legend was characterized as the Academy's “original Flying Frenchman.” As his career developed Thurier was better known as “Fred.” His was a pro career that began in 1937 and ended in 1952. Along the way, he starred [...]

LaSalle’s Clem Harnedy – in his time, “The greatest goalie ever developed among native-born Americans.”

2019-01-03T10:12:11+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|

New Englanders know Walter Brown as the former owner of the Boston Bruins, who later founded and owned the Boston Celtics with his close friend and RI Reds’ owner, Lou Pieri. However, Brown’s greatest contribution to sport may have been the development of hockey in the United States, which he influenced for over three decades. [...]

Zellio Toppazzini: Such a Distinctive Name, You’d Think They’d Get the Picture Right!

2018-11-27T12:15:46+00:00 November 27th, 2018|

As the R.I. Reds “Player of the Century”, Zellio Toppazzini had little difficulty getting his name on the list of top scorers or professional hockey greats. He had 786 points in 785 American Hockey League games. But Topper had no luck at all getting his picture on hockey trading cards. His “first card” is in [...]

RI’s Bill Mandigo is the Winningest Coach in All of Women’s Collegiate Hockey

2018-11-09T11:16:50+00:00 November 9th, 2018|

Burrillville High School’s accomplishments on the ice are legendary, not only in Rhode Island but throughout New England, as well. So, too, are many of the players and coaches it has produced. It may be surprising to many that the most successful coach of all whose early contact with the game came with the Broncos [...]

Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame Inducts Charter Class

2018-09-25T14:57:03+00:00 September 25th, 2018|

Sixteen hockey greats became official charter members of the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame during formal enshrinement ceremonies on Thursday, September 20th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. Charter class inductees, in alphabetical order, are: Bill Belisle, Curt Bennett, Harvey Bennett, Sr., Bryan Berard, Keith Carney, Joe Cavanagh, Sara DeCosta-Hayes, Cammi Granato, [...]

RI Reds’ Legend, “Hago” Harrington, Elected to US Hockey Hall of Fame

2019-01-15T11:16:24+00:00 August 10th, 2018|

The US Hockey Hall of Fame has announced that former Providence Reds star, Leland “Hago” Harrington, will be enshrined as part of its Class of 2018. Formal ceremonies will be held in Nashville, TN, in December. Harrington’s induction will mark the 4th consecutive year that an honoree with Rhode Island roots will be enshrined in the US Hockey [...]

RI’s Tim Army Named Head Coach of the AHL’s Iowa Wild

2018-07-28T09:06:11+00:00 July 28th, 2018|

Former Providence College Friar star, Tim Army, has been named coach of the Iowa Wild, the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Tim, now 55, brings 30 years of coaching experience across the NHL, AHL and NCAA to the Wild. He joins Iowa from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, where he served as an [...]

Main Event: Chuck Scherza vs Rocky Marciano When Discretion was the Better Part of Valor

2018-07-16T16:18:28+00:00 July 16th, 2018|

In his 13 seasons in pro hockey, Chuck Scherza of the R.I. Reds earned a reputation as a scorer, fierce checker who could dig the puck out of the corners, and a tough customer who never backed down from a fight. His career penalty totals rank third on the list of all Reds' players in [...]

RI’s David Quinn Named New York Rangers Head Coach

2018-05-23T16:19:57+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|

Cranston native, David Quinn, has been named head coach of the New York Rangers. Quinn, 51, joins a heralded fraternity of RI natives, among them John Hynes (Devils), Ron Wilson (Mighty Ducks, Capitals, Sharks, Maple Leafs), Jack Capuano (Islanders), Lou Lamoriello (Devils), and Tim Army (Avalanche) who have risen to the helm of an NHL [...]

Lou Lamoriello Named Islanders President of Hockey Operations

2018-05-23T15:08:43+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|

Rhode Island native son won three Stanley Cups with the Devils Lou Lamoriello, architect of three Stanley Cup championships with the New Jersey Devils and General Manger behind the Toronto Maple Leafs’ recent rise, has been named president of hockey operations for the New York Islanders. "I am excited to join such a storied franchise [...]