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Reds Announce 17th Annual Reunion Calendar of Events

Providence, RI (6/20/2017): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society today announced the event calendar for its 17th annual reunion the weekend of August 4, 5 and 6.

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Heritage Society Crowns Barrington State Hockey Champions

Providence, RI (5/12/2017): Every champion wears a crown.

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Rhode Island’s Young Players to Test AHL Skills

Providence, RI (1/30/2017): For the third consecutive season the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society will sponsor the American Hockey League’s Skills Test for local hockey players of youth and high school age.

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Now Available: New Embroidered Logo Apparel

Providence, RI (8/10/2016): Responding to member requests, the Heritage Society has unveiled a new line of high-quality embroidered logo hats and clothing.

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Trading Cards Honor 1955-56 reds

Providence, RI (8/1/2016): A new set of trading cards commemorates the 1955-56 R. I. Reds American Hockey League champions who experienced the greatest minor-league season ever.

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Heritage Society Announces Roster and Highlights for August 7 Reunion

Providence, RI (7/13/2016): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society has announced its initial roster of former pro players and executives expected to attend the group’s 16th annual reunion at Goddard State Park in Warwick on Sunday, Aug. 7, starting at noon.

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Young Hockey Heroes to be honored at Reds 16th Annual Reunion

Providence, RI (6/24/2016): Student athlete “unsung heroes” will be recognized at the annual R.I. Reds Heritage Society's Annual Reunion, scheduled for Sunday, Aug 7 at Goddard State Park in Warwick. There they will take the stage with veteran hockey heroes of the old R. I. Reds hockey team of the AHL.

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Ferreira Gets 2017 R. I. Native Born Hockey Achievement Award

Providence, RI (6/13/2016): Jack Ferreira, who is in his 44th season of professional hockey – including nine years as an NHL General Manager – has been named by the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society as winner of its 2017 R. I. Native Born Hockey Achievement Award.

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Heritage Society Sets Reds 16th Reunion Date; Don McKenney to Receive “Tops” Award

Providence, RI (6/6/2016): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society has announced that its 16th annual reunion will be held at Goddard State Park in Warwick on Sunday, Aug. 7, starting at noon.

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Heritage Society Releases Video of Skills Test

Providence, RI (2/28/2016): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society has release a video promoting its involvement in the American Hockey League’s “Skills Test”to youth hockey in Rhode Island.

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Heritage Society Releases Reunion Video

Providence, RI (1/15/2016): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society has produced a video featuring photographs from its 15th Annual reunion.

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Local Youth and High School Hockey Players to Test AHL “Skills”

Providence, RI (12/24/2015): In the second event of its kind ever held in Rhode Island, the American Hockey League’s “Skills Test” will be presented to four ocal youth hockey and high school organizations in January.

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Society Mourns Passing of Two Legends

Providence, RI (10/1/2015): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society is mourning the passing of two of its legends, goaltender Gil Mayer and business manager Eddie Ellsworth, both on September 29, 2015.

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Society Mourns Passing of Moe Mantha

Providence, RI (9/24/2015): Moe Mantha Sr., a defenseman who helped lead the 1967-68 Reds to the playoffs and later became a successful businessman and politician in Canada, died on Sept. 18 at the age of 81.

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Heritage Association Announces Extended Two-day Reunion Plans

Providence, RI (7/3/2015): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society will feature a “salute to the excellence of hockey in Rhode Island” at its 15th Annual Reunion on Aug. 1 and 2.

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'Voice of the R.I. Reds' Dies at 94

Providence, RI (5/26/2015): George Patrick Duffy, "Voice of the Rhode Island Reds," board member of the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Association and recipient of its Tops Award, died on May 23, 2015, at age 94.

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Local Youth Hockey Players to Test AHL “Skills”

Providence, RI (2/3/2015): In the first event of its kind ever held in Rhode Island, the American Hockey League’s “Skills Test” will be presented to a local youth hockey organization.

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Society Wishes happy Birthday to Johnny Bower

Providence, RI (10/28/2014): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society sent a video salute to hockey legend Johnny Bower on his 90th birthday.

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Reds Reunion Sells Out

Providence, RI (7/22/2014): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society has announced that its 14th annual reunion on Sunday, August 3, at Goddard State Park in Warwick has sold out.

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Reds Heritage Society Finalizes Reunion Roster of Hockey Stars

Providence, RI (7/4/2014): Thirty-two ex-Reds and other pro stars will make up the roster of hockey luminaries at the R. I. Reds Heritage Society’s 14th annual reunion at Goddard State Park in Warwick on Sunday, August 3, starting at noon.

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Johnny Bower to Again Lead Reds’ Cast of Reunion Stars

Providence, RI (6/29/2014): Johnny Bower, rated by hockey experts as the greatest goaltender in the game’s history before NHL expansion in 1967, will lead a parade of 30 former stars from the past when the R. I. Reds Heritage Society holds its 14th annual reunion at Goddard State Part in Warwick on Sunday, August 3.

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Ernst to Receive 2014 R. I. Native-born Hockey Achievement Award

Providence, RI (6/11/2014): The Rhode Island Native-born Hockey Achievement Award for 2014 will be presented to Dick Ernst at the 14th annual reunion of the R. I. Reds Heritage Society to be held at Goddard State Park in Warwick on Sunday, August 3.

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Alton White to be featured at Reds Reunion August 3

Providence, RI (5/30/2014): Sometimes history repeats itself in nice ways. That’s what the R. I. Reds Heritage Society has planned for its 14th annual reunion at Goddard State Park on Sunday, August 3.

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R. I. Reds 14th Annual Reunion Slated for August 3

Providence, RI (5/16/2014): It’s been nearly 60 years since the last American League Calder Cup championship was celebrated by the old Rhode Island Reds. But the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society will soon continue its salute to that marvelously historic season of 1955-56.

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Society Mourns Passing of Reds Legend Chuck Scherza

Providence, RI (3/16/2014): Chuck Scherza, 91, legendary Rhode Island Reds forward, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

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Society Announces Unsung Hero Award Recipients

Providence, RI (3/9/2014): Members of the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society will again join with the Rhode Island Interscholastic League in honoring six of this year’s outstanding student athletes with the fourth annual Rhode Island Reds “Unsung Hero” Awards during the league’s championship game at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium this Friday, March 14.

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R. I. Reds Heritage Society Announces Speaker's Bureau

Providence, RI (10/30/2013): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society, a 735-member non-profit organization, today announced it will offer groups and organizations an opportunity to learn the history of hockey here in Rhode Island and how the Rhode Island Reds of the American Hockey League became the genesis and eventual cultivator of the popularity of "our game" locally.

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R. I. Native-Born Hockey Achievement Award 2014 Goes To Father and Son

Providence, RI (7/11/2013): In what may be the very first of its kind ever in sports history, a father and son will be presented with the same award, on the same day, same time, at the same location, when the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society celebrates its 13th annual reunion at Goddard State Park on Sunday, August 4.

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R. I. Reds Heritage Society Expects Record Gathering at 13th Annual Reunion

Providence, RI (7/2/2013): The count is on and expectations are growing for the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society as the non-profit organization prepares to host its 13th Annual Reunion scheduled at Goddard State Part in Warwick on Sunday, August 4, starting at noon.

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Muloin and Clearwater To Receive “Tops Awards” At Reds 13th Reunion

Providence, RI (5/24/2013): Two key defensemen, who as young players helped the Reds surface from under the depths of three consecutive years of losing in the late 1960s, have been selected to receive the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society’s most prestigious annual honor – the "Tops Award," named in memory of Zellio Toppazzini, arguably the greatest player of all time to wear a Reds uniform in the club’s fabled 51-year history.

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R. I. Reds 13th Annual Reunion Slated for August 2-4

Providence, RI (5/3/2013): The 725-member R. I. Reds Heritage Society has announced it will hold its 13th Annual Reunion Weekend, Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4.

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Heritage Society, Interscholastic League Honor "Unsung Heroes"

Providence, RI (3/9/2013): Members of the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society will join with the Rhode Island Interscholastic League in honoring six of this year’s outstanding student athletes with the third annual Rhode Island Reds “Unsung Hero” Awards during the league’s championship game at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium on Saturday, March 16.

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R. I. Reds Heritage Society to Help Sponsor RIIL Hockey Championships

Providence, RI (3/6/2013): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society announced today that its 725-member non-profit organization has become a major sponsor of the R. I. Interscholastic League’s (RIIL) 2013 hockey championship playoffs, to be held statewide this month.

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Bennett, Morrison Join Hall of Fame

Providence, RI (1/9/2013): Harvey Bennett Sr., the R.I. Reds’ longest-serving goaltender, was selected for induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame. Joining Bennett in the Class of 2013 are Jim Morrison (a R.I. Reds Heritage Society member), Ken Gernander, and Peter White.

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Join Now and Receive a Free Ornament

Providence, RI (11/29/2012): You can become a member of the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society and receive a free Heritage Society Christmas ornament under a special holiday membership promotion.

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WaterFire Providence Documentary Scheduled for Premiere

Providence, RI (11/19/2012): "WaterFire: The Art & Soul of a City, How a Work of Art Transformed Providence," presented by Cardi’s Furniture, will be shown at a Premiere on December 1, 2012.

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R. I. Reds Announce Roster for 12th Annual Reunion, August 5

Providence, RI (7/17/2012): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society has announced its roster of 35 former pro hockey players and leading hockey executives expected to attend the organization’s12th annual reunion at Goddard State Park in Warwick on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, starting at 12 noon.

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Ferny Flaman Passes Away at 85

Providence, RI (6/23/2012): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society and the entire hockey world are mourning the passing of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ferny Flaman on Friday, June 22, at the age of 85.

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Former Hockey Pros to Sign Autographs at “R.I. Reds Night” at the Pawsox on June 25

Providence, RI (6/14/2012): Six former pro hockey stars, led Bobby Leduc, will be featured in opening ceremonies at the 4th annual R.I. Reds Night at the PawSox on June 25. Joining Leduc will be ex-Boston Bruins stars Gary Doak and Ross Brooks, plus former Reds Stan Baluik, Serge Boudreault and Ray Clearwater

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R. I. Reds 12th Annual Reunion Tickets Now on Sale

Providence, RI (4/26/2012): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society has announced that tickets are now on sale for the organization’s 12th Annual Reunion on Sunday, Aug. 5. As usual, the reunion event will be held in the historic and airy Carousel Building at Goddard State Park in Warwick, RI, starting at noon.

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Belisle to Receive R. I. Native-born Hockey Achievement Award

Providence, RI (4/25/2012): America’s most successful and respected high school hockey coach will be presented with the R. I. Reds Heritage Society’s 2013 R. I. Native-born Hockey Achievement Award. Normand “Bill” Belisle will receive the honor at the organization’s 12th annual reunion at Goddard State Park in Warwick on Sunday, Aug. 5.

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Jerry Toppazzini Dies at 80

Providence, RI (4/22/2012): Jerry Toppazzini, a former American Hockey League player and coach who played more than 700 games in the NHL, died Saturday, April 21, after a brief illness, the Sudbury, Ontario, Star has reported.

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George Ranieri Voted “Tops Award” for 2012-13

Providence, RI (4/21/2012): George Ranieri, a fan favorite whose blistering wrist shot from left wing earned him 111 goals in five seasons with the Rhode Island Reds, has been voted by the R. I. Reds Heritage Society as recipient of the 2012-13 “Tops Award” – one that honors the late and great Zellio Toppazzini, Reds “Player of the Century.”

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R.I. Reds star Bob Robertson dies

Providence, RI (4/9/2012): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society sadly lost one of its own when Bob Robertson, a member of the Reds last AHL Calder Cup championship team, succumbed to lung cancer at a hospice facility near his home in Woodbridge, Ontario, on Good Friday, April 6.

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R. I. Reds Heritage Society honors “Unsung High School Hockey Heroes”

Providence, RI (3/2/2012): The R. I. Interscholastic League (RIIL) will hold its 2nd annual “R. I. Reds Hockey Honors Award” presentations – sponsored by the R. I. Reds Heritage Society – starting this weekend during the league’s championship games at Schneider Arena on the Providence College campus

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Society Announces Special Membership Offer

Providence, RI (2/3/2012): In honor of Zellio Toppazzini being elected into the AHL Hall of Fame, the RI Reds Heritage Society is making the month of February "Topper Month," with a special membership offer.

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R. I. Reds Add Ex-Players to 'Munch & Crunch' Set for PC on Feb. 4

Providence, RI (1/21/2012): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society has added two former pro hockey players to its group that will attend its 9th Annual “Munch & Crunch.” The event will be presented again this year on the campus at Providence College where the men’s hockey Friars will host the University of New Hampshire at Schneider Arena at 7 p.m., on Saturday, February 4.

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R. I. Reds 9th Annual “Munch & Crunch” Set for PC on Feb. 4

Providence, RI (1/4/2012): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society’s 9th Annual “Munch & Crunch” will be presented again this year on the campus at Providence College where the men’s hockey Friars will host the University of New Hampshire at Schneider Arena at 7 p.m., on Saturday, February 4.

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Heritage Society Unveils History Exhibit

Providence, RI (11/13/2011): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority unveiled the newly completed Rhode Island Reds exhibit during a dedication ceremony and press conference Sunday, November 13th, 2011 at its new home, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

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Topper Named to AHL Hall of Fame

Providence, RI (11/10/2011): Rhode Island Reds legend Zellio Toppazzini is one of four people selected for induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2012, the AHL announced.

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Bower and Lewicki Pen Their Careers in Hockey

Providence, RI (10/28/2011): Hockey fans can look forward to some interesting reading with books that recount the unusual careers of two players who both had ties to the old R.I. Reds.

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R. I. Reds Heritage Society Announces Player Roster for 11th Reunion

Providence, RI (7/27/2011): Led by Hockey Hall of Fame members Johnny Bower and Ferny Flaman, the R, I, Reds Heritage Society has announced that it expects 34 ex-Reds and other pro hockey greats to attend its 11th annual reunion weekend, August 5-7.

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Reds Team of 1955-56 Ranked Number One by Hockey Gurus

Providence, RI (7/8/2011): The Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR) has judged that the "greatest minor-league season of all-time” was produced by the 1955-56 Rhode Island Reds, who finished first American Hockey League regular season and became Calder Cup champions

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Bower, Cline and MacQueen to receive 2011-12 Tops Awards

Providence, RI (7/1/2011): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society has named its “Tops Award” selections for 2011-12: Johnny Bower, Bruce Cline and Eddie MacQueen – all great players and generous volunteers for worthy charities in their native Canadian communities. The award’s conditions match the criteria needed to earn the honor dedicated to the memory of the late Zellio “Topper” Toppazzini, voted the greatest player in the Reds’ 51-year history.

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Lou Lamoriello to Receive Special Reds Society Award

Providence, RI (6/24/2011): In recognition of his enormous hockey accomplishments, the R. I. Reds Heritage Society will present Lou Lamoriello with its second “R. I. Native-Born Hockey Achievement Award” at the society’s 11th annual reunion at Goddard State Park in Warwick on August 7. Last year’s inaugural award was awarded to ex-Olympian goaltender, Sara DeCosta.

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Historic R. I. Auditorium Replica Plaque Now on Sale to the Public

Providence, RI (6/3/2011): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society has announced it will now offer to the general public the purchase of a replica of the commemorative plaque that stands at the site of the old R. I. Auditorium, 1111 North Main Street in Providence, home of the R. I. Reds pro hockey team for 46 years.

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R. I. Reds Society Night at the PawSox Set for August 6

Providence, RI (5/23/2011): The region’s sports fans will have a chance to celebrate a winter sport while enjoying summer’s game during the R. I. Reds Heritage Society’s 11th annual reunion weekend August 5-7.

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R. I. Reds 11th Annual Reunion Slated for August 5-7

Providence, RI (5/12/2011): The 700-member R. I. Reds Heritage Society has announced it will hold its 11th Annual Reunion Weekend, Friday, August 5, through Sunday, August 7. As in the past, the Sunday reunion event will be at the historic Carousel Building at Goddard State Park in Warwick, RI, starting at 12 noon.

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Heritage Society Salutes "Unsung Hockey Heroes"

Providence, RI (4/1/2011): The R.I. Reds heritage Society and the R. I. Interscholastic League (RIIL) christened its 1st annual “R. I. Reds Hockey Honors Award” program.

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R. I. Reds 8th Annual “Munch & Crunch” Set for PC on Feb. 19

Providence, RI (1/7/2011): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society’s 8th Annual “Munch & Crunch” will be presented again this year on the campus of Providence College when the men’s hockey Friars host Boston University at Schneider Arena at 7 p.m., on Saturday, February 19.

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American Hockey League mourns loss of Harry Pidhirny

Providence, RI (12/22/2010): The American Hockey League is mourning the passing of Harry Pidhirny, one of the league’s all-time greats and a member of the American Hockey League Hall of Fame’s incoming Class of 2011.

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R. I. Reds Heritage Society to honor “Unsung High School Hockey Heroes”

Providence, RI (12/20/2010): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society and the R. I. Interscholastic League (RIIL) have agreed to inaugurate an annual “R. I. Reds High School Hockey Honors Award” program this 2010-11 season.

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Society helps inaugurate AHL’s 75th season

Providence, RI (10/9/2010): The Springfield Falcons invited the R. I. Reds Heritage Society to participate in pre-game ceremonies for the team’s 2010-11 home opener against the Providence Bruins at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 9.

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Arena Commemorative Plaque to be Unveiled at 1111 on July 31

Providence, RI (7/23/2010): Fond memories, many cheers and possibly a few tears will abound the morning of Saturday, July 31, at 1111 North Main Street in Providence – former home of the Rhode Island Reds professional hockey team from 1926 through 1972.

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Mayer and Robertson to Receive “Tops Awards” August 1

Providence, RI (7/16/2010): American Hockey League “Hall of Fame” goaltender Gil Mayer and long-time durable defenseman Bob Robertson have been voted by the R. I. Reds Heritage Society as recipients of the 2010-11 “Tops Award.”

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Five Hall Of Fame Legends To Attend R. I. Reds 10th Reunion

Providence, RI (7/4/2010): A cast of five Hall of Fame hockey players who once played for the Rhode Island Reds will attend the R. I. Reds Heritage Society’s 10th annual reunion at Goddard State Park on Sunday, August 1.

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First R. I. Native Hockey Award Goes to Olympian Sara DeCosta

Providence, RI (6/12/2010): Sara DeCosta, a two-time goaltender for the U.S. Women’s Olympic team, will receive the R. I. Reds Heritage Society’s first annual R. I. Native-Born Hockey Achievement Award at group’s 10th annual reunion at Goddard State Park on August 1.

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R.I. Reds Heritage Society Night at Pawsox on July 9

Providence, RI (6/7/2010): The region’s hockey fans have an opportunity to celebrate their favorite game in the middle of the baseball season on July 9 at the second annual R.I. Reds Night at the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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R.I. Reds to hold 10th Annual Reunion July 30-August 1

Providence, RI (6/4/2010): The Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society has announced it will hold its 10th annual reunion for former Reds hockey players and fans in the carousel building at Goddard State Park in Warwick on Sunday, August 1, starting at noon.

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Rhode Island Reds television special wins New England Emmy Award

Providence, RI (5/26/2010): “When the Reds Ruled the Roost,” presented by Chelo’s restaurants and narrated by the late great Boston Bruins’ legendary announcer Fred Cusick, has won the New England Emmy Award for best one-time sports television special in 2009.

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WSBE-TV Channel 36 to Broadcast Reds History

Providence, RI (3/18/2010): WSBE-TV Channel 36 will broadcast When the Reds Ruled the Roost, the story of a 50-year hockey love affair between a team and its thousands of passionate fans, twice in April.

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Heritage Society's 7th “Munch & Crunch” Set at PC for Feb. 6

Providence, RI (1/21/2010): The R. I. Reds Heritage Society’s 7th Annual “Munch & Crunch” will be held with a different twist this year at Providence College when the Friars host the University of Vermont at Schneider Arena at 7 p.m., on Saturday, February 6.

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R. I. Storm to Hold Introductory News Conference

Providence, RI (8/20/2009): The Rhode Island Storm, local franchise in the newly-formed Northeast Professional Hockey League (NEPHL), will hold an introductory news conference at the Boss Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, August 26, at 10:45 AM.

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Reds AHL“Skills Test” Rescheduled due to Weather

Providence, RI (): Due to inclement weather forecasts, the first event of its kind ever held in Rhode Island, the American Hockey League’s “Skills Test,” has been postponed from Sunday, Feb. 22, to next Saturday, Feb. 28.

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New Online Storefront Open for Business

Providence, RI (): The Heritage Society’s line of high-quality embroidered logo apparel and collector cards are now available on a secure website for your personal and gift shopping convenience.

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