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, [...]

Iceland – Rhode Island’s Visionary Outdoor Hockey Haven in Neighboring Seekonk

2020-07-20T12:20:37-04:00July 20th, 2020|

Anthony Venditti became famous in automotive circles, not only here in Rhode Island but in a good part of the nation. Known as the “Godfather” of stock car racing in New England, his almost single-handed creation of the Seekonk Speedway and the innovations he introduced to the sport there made him one of the early [...]

“Rollie’s Skate Shop” – The story of perhaps Rhode Island’s Most Famous “Grinder”

2020-07-14T14:35:32-04:00July 3rd, 2020|

For the smallest state in the country, Rhode Island has certainly turned out more than its fair share of great hockey figures – on ice and off.  And behind the scenes there have been a number of key figures who ensured our players got the competitive edge they needed. To the Rhode Islanders who chose [...]

The Ice Bowl: the surprising incubator for some of Rhode Island’s greatest hockey players

2020-06-23T17:43:39-04:00June 23rd, 2020|

When the RI Auditorium opened in 1926 it was the state’s very first indoor rink. With it, the game’s popularity exploded. Before too long there were too many players, too many teams and too many leagues for the available arena ice time. In order to meet their expanding needs, high schools, colleges and local amateur [...]

Jack Ferreira & The Legend of “Mr. Magoo” – Debunked

2020-06-11T12:23:06-04:00June 11th, 2020|

When visiting the Boston University athletics website, the entry on their Terrier hall-of-fame goalie, long-time NHL executive and Rhode Island native, Jack Ferreira, reads: “Ferreira, who was legally blind and nicknamed ‘Mr. Magoo’ by his teammates, gave up just 2.0 goals a game and recorded eight shutouts.” While his stats are exceptional and indisputable, the [...]

The RI Auditorium – Epicenter of RI Hockey for Nearly Half a Century

2020-05-27T10:49:08-04:00May 27th, 2020|

The news first appeared on the front page of the Providence Journal the morning of April 18th, 1925. Headlines announced plans for Rhode Island to become the home of New England’s largest auditorium, “an imposing structure of artistic design, seating 8,000 persons and costing $500,000.” The new facility was hailed as being “of vital importance [...]

Hank Coupe: the Renaissance Man of RI Hockey did it all from the ice on up

2020-05-13T07:27:26-04:00May 13th, 2020|

Like so many other Rhode Islanders whose hockey careers are highlighted by both on- and of-ice achievement, it is impossible to categorize Henry J. Coupe, Jr. as simply either a “Player” or “Pillar” member of our nation’s hockey community for he excelled at both. Born in 1921 in Cranston, “Hank”, as he was known, was [...]

The Gilbane’s – RI’s Contribution to the 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice”

2020-04-27T12:59:21-04:00April 27th, 2020|

The 40th anniversary of what might be the greatest upset in sports history – the United States’ victory over the Soviet Union’s thought-to-be-invincible hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympics – just passed, and the memories came flowing back as one news outlet after another reached into its vaults and resurrected moments of what has [...]

Art Lesieur – Rhode Island’s very first hockey Legend & Hero was born under the Stars & Stripes

2020-03-17T10:54:42-04:00March 17th, 2020|

Art Lesieur is a Providence Reds and Rhode Island hockey legend. With his skillful, imposing blueline play and his rights owned by the Montreal Canadiens, local fans and opposing players, alike, assumed he was Canadian. To the contrary, he was born and raised just 20 miles away in nearby Fall River, MA on September 13, [...]

A History of #EBUG (Emergency Back Up Goalie) in Providence

2020-03-04T16:14:23-05:00February 28th, 2020|

If you're a hockey fan, odds are overwhelming that you’ve heard the story about David Ayres and #EBUG: https://www.nhl.com/news/hurricanes-emergency-backup-goalie-against-maple-leafs/c-315410618 And a great story it is. However, it's one we've heard in these parts before. You'd have to have seen a few faceoffs to remember this one. 20-year-old George Dermksian, who played goal for Central High School -- which hasn't [...]