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The Hockey Game That Changed Aviation History!

2020-01-30T15:05:55+00:00 January 30th, 2020|

It isn't often that a stick to the face alters the course of history. The course of a game, maybe. The course of someone's dental profile, possibly. But history? Well, according to Sean Braswell of the website ozy.com, there's a good chance the story of modern aviation began "with an unfortunate incident during a game [...]

Johnny Pesky & Milt Schmidt Both Laced Them Up in Providence

2020-01-13T16:12:46+00:00 January 13th, 2020|

No, that's not a Photoshopped image. That really is Johnny Pesky in a Bruins uniform next to Milt Schmidt. We all associate Pesky, of course, with baseball in general and the Red Sox in particular: Player in the '40s and '50s, manager in the '60s, TV/radio announcer in the early '70s, coach from the mid [...]

John Hynes Named New Nashville Coach

2020-01-08T15:07:42+00:00 January 8th, 2020|

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced on Tuesday, January 7th, that the team has named Warwick, RI native John Hynes as the third head coach in franchise history. He replaces Attleboro native and former Providence Bruins’ player, captain and coach Peter Laviolette. "John Hynes is a bright young coach and great leader [...]

“Fastest Gun in the History of Hockey.”

2020-01-13T16:14:40+00:00 January 3rd, 2020|

That was the opening sentence of a Providence Evening Bulletin story in February 1973, and for a couple of glorious weeks that aptly described North Providence High School’s Ron Bruno. And the Rhode Island high school hockey world basked in his radiated glory. Bruno, a senior left wing for the Cougars in '73, scored two [...]

RI Hockey Hall of Famer, Cammi Granato, Becomes the NHL’s First Female Pro Scout

2019-09-26T11:33:12+00:00 September 26th, 2019|

Ron Francis, General Manager of the NHL’s new Seattle franchise, has announced that Cammi Granato will join the team’s fold of pro scouts to begin the process of evaluating which players to select in the 2021 Expansion Draft. The former Providence College Lady Friar and U.S. Olympic captain and gold medalist, is a 2018 charter [...]

10 Greats Become the Newest Members of the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame

2019-09-10T10:45:26+00:00 September 10th, 2019|

Ten greats became the newest honored members of the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame during formal enshrinement ceremonies on Friday, September 6th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. Also honored was Larry Reid, recipient of the annual Malcolm Greene Chace Trophy awarded for “Lifetime contribution of a Rhode Islander to the Game [...]

Rhode Island: Birthplace of Hockey’s First Full-Time Goalie Facemask

2020-01-13T16:21:53+00:00 June 18th, 2019|

From youth leagues to the pros, the goaltender’s facemask is standard and required equipment. Younger generations might be surprised to know that it hasn’t always been that way. Prior to the 1950’s, no self-respecting goalie, let alone hockey player, would be caught hiding behind a mask. While, from time to time, there was the occasional [...]

The Birth of Burrillville Hockey: Tom Eccleston Needed an Edge.

2020-02-17T16:15:15+00:00 May 29th, 2019|

As the 1937-38 RI amateur hockey season began, a 28-year-old defenseman, Tom Eccleston, Jr., was playing in the state's best amateur circuit, the Intercity League. His Greenville Townies played before paying customers at the legendary RI Auditorium. Tom needed an edge because the league had just announced that an Intercity League All-Star Team would be [...]

Jordan Binnington credits time in Providence for preparing him to face Boston in Stanley Cup Finals

2019-07-24T09:54:25+00:00 May 24th, 2019|

Jordan Binnington will start for the St. Louis Blues against the Boston Bruins in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. Interestingly, he played for our Providence Bruins, the B’s American Hockey League affiliate last season and also received a nod to play in the AHL All-Star Game. At the start of last season, the Blues were [...]

Zellio Toppazzini’s Grand Nephew, Justin Williams, Leads Hurricanes into Battle with Bruins

2019-05-16T10:58:48+00:00 May 9th, 2019|

Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams is not a Rhode Islander (and who knows if he’s ever even set foot in the Ocean State), but it’s worth noting that Williams is related to Rhode Island hockey royalty. The 37-year-old Williams, who will be in the spotlight when the Bruins meet the Hurricanes in the NHL’s Eastern [...]