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George Army

2021-02-21T09:03:22-05:00February 21st, 2021|

Inducted into the Rhode Island Reds Hall of Fame in 1964 A “Class of 1964” inductee into the RI Reds Hall of Fame, George Army, the Reds’ iconic and revered trainer from 1934 to 1969, had the longest tenure of any individual associated with the team. Self-taught during a time when there were no schools [...]

David Quinn

2021-05-12T12:21:46-04:00February 21st, 2021|

David was born in Cranston in 1966, developing his hockey skills in the CLCF and the Johnston youth league, where he captained USA Hockey's National Bantam Champions in 1981. He played his high school hockey at the Kent School in Connecticut, where he was a 2-year captain and team MVP. Highly touted, Dave was the [...]

Miracles: The Miracle on Ice and the One that Came Next

2020-10-12T11:29:18-04:00October 12th, 2020|

Virtually every single American knows the ever-so-famous “Miracle On Ice” story of the 1980 USA ice hockey team during that year’s Winter Olympics, held in Lake Placid, NY. However, few are familiar with the events that followed for Team USA, as a country and the world’s ice hockey community wondered if the Americans could do [...]

The North Providence Arena – Victim of the 1970’s Oil Embargoes Transformed into one of the Town’s cultural centers

2020-09-29T20:19:18-04:00September 29th, 2020|

Everyone remembers where they played their first organized hockey. Clark Donatelli sure does. It was the brand-new rink in his hometown of North Providence. “I grew up playing there in mites and first-year squirts. Back then you played house league and travel. It was a perfect location. It was right there, five minutes from the [...]

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, [...]