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Other Awards

The R. I. Reds Heritage Society has established several awards to honor the heritage and achievements of Rhode Island's past, current and future hocket stars.

The Society and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League established the Unsung Hero Award in 2011 to recognize high school hockey players, in both Girls and Boys Divisions, who consistently contribute to their teams' success. Each year, six awards are presented, to the goalie, defensive player and offensive player in both divisions. The three categories are named in honor of former Reds greats Gil Mayer (goaltender), Ferny Flaman (defense) and Chuck Scherza (forward).

In 2010, the Society established the R.I. Native-Born Hockey Achievement Award to honor native-born Rhode Islanders who have excelled in hockey and brought national prominence and pride to Rhode Island.

Last, the Society established the The Frank E. McCaffrey Fan of the Year Award to honor the die-hard Reds supporters who backed the team year after year through thick and thin.

The Unsung Hero Award

Class of 2019

  • Chuck Scherza Award, Men: Cameron Rancourt, Mt. Hope High School, and Joseph Catarina, mithfield High School
  • Chuck Scherza Award, Women: Madison Cataldo, Mount St. Charles Academy
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Men: Brendan O?Rourke, Chariho High School
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Women: Taylor Vecchione, LaSalle Academy
  • Gil Mayer Award, Women: Rebecca Yaseen, Tollgate High School

Class of 2018

  • Chuck Scherza Award, Men: Nick Klassner, Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill Co-op
  • Chuck Scherza Award, Women: Sydney Nobrega, Smithfield High Svhool
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Men: Tyler Piekarski, Smithfield High School
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Women: Symantha Ahaesy, LaSalle Academy
  • Gil Mayer Award, Men: Nicholas Bernardo, Barrington High School
  • Gil Mayer Award, Women: Shannon McCamish, Warwick Co-op

Class of 2017

  • Chuck Scherza Award, Men: Jim Varin, Smithfield High School
  • Chuck Scherza Award, Women: Erin Drum, Smithfield/Coventry
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Women: Kayla Gravel, Burrillville High School
  • Gil Mayer Award, Men: Sean Murphy, North Smithfield High School
  • Gil Mayer Award, Women: Mary Greenwell, Warwick Co-op, and Liza Farnham, LaSalle Academy/Moses Brown Co-op

Class of 2016

  • Chuck Scherza Award, Men: Zachary Librizzi, Saint Raphael Academy/PS
  • Chuck Scherza Award, Women: Brittney Bidwell, Cranston East/East Greenwich Co-op
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Men: David Gaulin, Smithfield High School
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Women: Brynne Costa, East Providence
  • Gil Mayer Award, Men: Colin Clegg, Barrington High School
  • Gil Mayer Award, Women: Victoria Hartley, LaSalle Academy

Class of 2014

  • Chuck Scherza Award, Men: Rudy Branca, Cranston East/West Co-op
  • Chuck Scherza Award, Women: Kelly Kraunelis, Barrington
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Men: Dylan Gastel, Wheeler 
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Women: Olivia Lucas, Barrington
  • Gil Mayer Award, Men: Matthew Wilson, Mount Hope
  • Gil Mayer Award, Women: Abbey Torres, Cranston Co-op

Class of 2013

  • Chuck Scherza Award, Men: Brian Belisle, Mount St. Charles
  • Chuck Scherza Award, Women: Lindsay Hadfield, Cranston
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Men: Nicholas Migliore, LaSalle Academy 
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Women: Victoria Piccirillo, La Salle Academy
  • Gil Mayer Award, Men: Connor Finn, East Greenwich
  • Gil Mayer Award, Women: Ashley Devolve, Cumberland/Lincoln's goalie

Class of 2012

  • Chuck Scherza Award, Men: T.J. Lynch, South Kingstown High School
  • Chuck Scherza Award, Women: Hannah Decelles, North Smithfield High School
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Men: David Susan Cavanaugh, Pilgrim High School 
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Women: Jenna Pari, La Salle Academy
  • Gil Mayer Award, Men: Colin Derek Hagopian, Cranston West
  • Gil Mayer Award, Women: Marissa Golda, Bay View Academy

Class of 2011

  • Chuck Scherza Award, Men: Timothy Ryan, LaSalle Academy
  • Chuck Scherza Award, Women: Kerri Nadeau, Ponaganset High School
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Men:Shane Studley, Barrington High School 
  • Ferny Flaman Award, Women: Caitlin Bray, Mount St. Charles Academy
  • Gil Mayer Award, Men: Daniel Foster, Mount St. Charles Academy
  • Gil Mayer Award, Women: Kathryn Varone, LaSalle Academy

Native Born Hockey Achievement Award

2022: Brian Boucher, Mount St Charles standout, NHL star record-holder, TV color analyst

2019: Noel Acciari, Bishop Hendricken and Providence College standout, NHL star with the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers

2018: Pete Demers, longtime NHL trainer for the Los Angeles Kings and Hall of Fame member

2017: Joe Cavanaugh, U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer

2016: Jack Ferreira, NHL hockey executive

2015: Ralph Warburton, R.I. college and Olympic hockey star; Jack Capuano, coach, N.Y. Islanders

2014: Dick Ernst, Rhode Island high school coaching legend

2013: Don and Tom Mellor; a father-son duo whose hockey roots grew out of Cranston. Don played for the old EHL Boston Olympics
and son Tom captained Boston College and later played for the USA National Team and then with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings

2012: Bill Belisle, winningest high school hockey coach in the country, Mount St. Charles Academy

2011: Lou Lamoriello, general manager of the New Jersey Devils

2010: Sara DeCosta, two-time goaltender for the U.S. Women’s Olympic team

Frank E McCaffrey Fan of the Year Award

2019: Marge McKinney, wife of Reds and Bruins veteran Don McKinney and supporter of the R.I. Reds and the Heritage Society

2018: Helen Duffy, wife of George Patrick Duffy, "Voice of the Rhode Island Reds"; Marielle Mayer, wife of Reds goalie Gilles Mayer; and Shirley Toppazzini, wife of Zellio Toppazzini

2017: Len Tessier, longtime fan, and member of the Heritage Society and its Board of Directors

2016: "Lincoln Larry" D’ Alfonso, season ticket holder, fixture behind the visitors' bench and the sharp-tongued scourge of out-of-town players

2015: Ida "Mom" Reniere, who took in Reds players as boarders in the 1940s and '50s

2014: Joe Gagliardi, fan whose devition to the Reds dated to the 1940s

2013: Jim Clegg, hockey road warrior, whose travels have taken him to virtually every hockey venue and ice rink throughout the USA and Canada

2012: Bernadette “Chickey” Kurowski, Reds' stalwart

Sage Family Service Award

2022: Ray Morgan, longtime RI Hockey & Yankee Conference Tournaments Director & USA Hockey Camps Director

2022: Gerry Letourneau, Founder and Director of RI Special Hockey

2018: Brad Boss, R.I. business leader, member of the URI Athletuic Hall of Fame and member of the R.I. Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee

2017: Mark Divver and Nick Azzarone

2016: David Belisle and Sean Lavoine

2015: Nate Lehman and David Quinn

2014: Monty Seli and Lorraine and Roger Gladu

2013: Ann Sage and Reba Golden

2011: Roger Gladu

2010: Bill Castro and Vin Cimini

2009: Sage Family and Chelo Family

2008: Bob Paquette, Mike Pappas andRich Cappelli

2007: Aldo Guidolin, Ray Ross, Bob and Marge Robertson, and Bill Carey

Ray Ross Perseverance Award

2022: Joe Exter, Merrimack College standout, Pittsburgh Penguins farmhand and minor league head coach for the Minnesota Wild

2019:Ross Brooks, goalie for the Reds and Boston Bruins

2018:Willie Marshall, Reds star, who served 20 seasons in the AHL, where he played the most games (1,205), scored the most goals (523), had the most assists (852), and tallied the most points (1,375).

President's Award

2019: Craig Cimini

2017: Bryan Berard

2016: Vin Cimini

2015: Mike Bailey

2012: Arnie bailey

2010: Bill O'Connor, Mal Goldenberg, Tom McDonough and Mike Bailey

Directors' Award

2012: Nick Azzorone, George Landes and Andy Mayer

2011: Arnie Bailey, Tom McDonough and Bob Spaziano

2010: Jim Clegg, Nick Azzarone and Dick Bartlett

2009: Dick Reniere

2008: Bill O'Connor


R. I. Reds Heritage Society
PO Box 504 Lincoln, RI 02895
Telephone: 401-230-5905
email: RIREDS15@gmail.com