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It Seemed like a Dream – the night Pawtucket’s Bob Ricci suited up against Gordie Howe and the Whalers

2022-01-23T16:22:06-05:00January 23rd, 2022|

Bob Ricci's done all right for himself. The 62-year-old Pawtucket native lives in California, working as a Strategic Account Manager for the Industrial Division of Sherwin-Williams Paint. It's a good job with an important company that has commercial and retail customers around the globe. Maybe it's not what you dream of as a kid, but [...]

RI’s David Quinn Named Head Coach of the 2022 US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team

2021-12-28T18:11:08-05:00December 28th, 2021|

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - David Quinn will serving as head coach of the U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team for the first time, but he is no stranger to international competition. The former head coach of the NHL's New York Rangers (2018-21), David last coached for Team USA as an assistant coach at the 2016 IIHF [...]

Here’s how Football and a Brown Undergrad Gave Birth to RI Schoolboy Hockey

2021-11-21T13:01:28-05:00November 15th, 2021|

The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University is widely recognized as the site of the first college football game in the USA. The Rutgers game, played in 1869 against Princeton (then known as the College of New Jersey), was reported to have more resembled the game of soccer than the “football” we know today. Two [...]

The Long and Lasting Legend of 17-Year-Old Norm Desaulniers

2021-10-23T18:13:44-04:00October 22nd, 2021|

It’s every sports-minded young person’s dream to hit the home run that wins the game…nail the shot that beats the buzzer…score that sudden death goal. The ultimate thrill, however, as improbable as it might be, would be to someday “play in the bigs.” If you grew up in Rhode Island in the early and mid [...]

Greg Britz – the First Bishop Hendricken Player to reach the National Hockey League

2021-07-07T10:07:50-04:00July 6th, 2021|

Bishop Hendricken’s future Hobey Baker Award winner, David Emma, made it to the NHL in 1993, the same year as Steven King, one of the stars of the Providence Bruins’ Calder Cup run in 1999. But there was another Hawk who made it to the big show well before both and few know his name. [...]

RI’s Derek Army Named Head Coach of Penguins’ Wheeling Nailers Farm Team

2021-06-04T18:30:04-04:00June 4th, 2021|

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced that they have removed the interim tag from Derek Army, making him the team's head coach. "Derek's passion for the City of Wheeling and the Nailers organization is something that we truly cherish, as he is an excellent person to have [...]

The Menard Family

2021-05-27T09:09:36-04:00May 25th, 2021|

While history notes that Thomas Eccleston Jr. founded Burrillville High School hockey in 1938, the record book suggests that the Menard family deserves at least a sub-title billing on the cover of that story. It was to Eccleston’s great good fortune that Maxime and Albina Menard, Canadian immigrants, had settled in Burrillville a half [...]

The Guay Family

2021-05-27T11:32:23-04:00May 24th, 2021|

The French-Canadians influence on molding life and customs in northern Rhode Island cannot be overstated. That fact is even more profound when considered in the context of ice hockey. While some RI hockey greats simply came to know and fall in love with hockey, Paul Guay, raised in North Smithfield, RI, was born into [...]