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

2023-04-16T19:25:09-04:00November 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

2024-03-03T20:53:14-05:00May 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 [...]

Cranston, RI’s, Jack Capuano Named Head Coach of 2021 U.S. Men’s National Team

2021-05-24T15:25:33-04:00May 24th, 2021|

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jack Capuano associate coach of the NHL's Ottawa Senators and former head coach of the NY Islanders, has been named head coach of the 2021 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 21-June 6 in Riga, Latvia. Capuano will be [...]