RI Hockey Hall of Fame Announces 16-Member Inaugural Class
Monday, March 05, 2018
GoLocalProv Sports Team
The class was unveiled between periods of the AHL game between the Providence Bruins and the Springfield Thunderbirds at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
The inaugural class includes Bill Belisle, Curt Bennett, Harvey Bennett Sr, Bryan Berard, Keith Carney, Joe Cavanagh, Sara DeCosta-Hayes, Cammi Granato, Lou Lamoriello, Brian Lawton, Lou Pieri, Dick Rondeau, Matt Schneider, Chris Terreri, Zellio Toppazzini, and Ron Wilson.
The class will be enshrined on September 20 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln.
Tickets for the September 20th Enshrinement Celebration & Dinner are on sale now at the RI Hockey Hall of Fame website.
See the Class in the Slideshow Below
Berard played his high school hockey at Mount Saint Charles Academy before going to the Ontario Hockey League.
In 1995, he was selected number one overall in the NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators, but was eventually traded to the New York Islanders. He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year following the 1996-97 season.
Following a brutal eye injury that cost him a full season, Berard came back for the 2001-02 season, signing with the New York Rangers as a free agent. Berard played in all 82 games for New York, scoring 2 goals and recording 21 assists.
He would go on to play another 6 seasons with the Bruins, Blackhawks and Blue Jackets before finishing his career with the Islanders in 2007-08.
In 2004, Berard won the Bill Masterton Trophy, which is awarded to the player that best shows sportsmanship and dedication to the game of hockey.
Berard currently works at Providence-based WhaleRock Point Partners as a financial consultant.
Belisle is the legendary head coach of Mount Saint Charles Academy.
At Mount, Belisle’s teams recorded over 1,000 wins, won 26 straight RI state titles, 32 overall and ten straight consecutive national titles.
He has seen more than 20 of his former players get drafted in the NHL including fellow Hall of Fame inductees Bryan Berard and Keith Carney.
Belisle was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.
Wilson grew up in Riverside, R.I., and played four years at Providence College (1973-77).
He was an All-America selection twice and a four-time All-ECAC selection. Wilson still holds the school records (and NCAA records for defensemen) in career points (250), assists (172), most points in a single season (87) and single-season assists (61).
He spent 18 seasons as a head coach in the NHL with stops in Toronto (2008-12), San Jose (2002-08), Washington (1997-02) and Anaheim (1993-97).
He has coached 1,401 NHL games and has 648 wins to his credit.
Internationally, Wilson has been Team USA's head coach for some of its biggest moments, including leading Team USA to the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and to the championship in the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996.
Lamoriello played and coached hockey at Providence College.
He ranks 33rd on the Friars’ all-time scoring list with 58 goals and 60 assists for 118 points in 64 career games.
After graduating, he served as assistant coach to Zellio Toppazzini.
In his 15 seasons as head coach, he racked up 248 wins and saw 11 of his 15 teams qualify for post-season play, including the NCAA Tournament in 1978, 1981, and 1983. Lamoriello's final team, the 1982-83 squad, went 33-10-0 and finished third in the NCAA's.
Lamoriello was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, 2009 in Toronto and also was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 15, 2012.
Currently, he serves as the General Manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Rondeau is a former Hope Street High School and Mount St. Charles All-stater.
In college, he set eight scoring records including most goals (12) and most assists (11) in a single game at Dartmouth College in the mid-1940’s.
In 1952, Rondeau became coach of the Providence College Friars and helped revive the program after a 26-year absence.
In his third season, the Friars produced their first winning season with an 8-7-0 mark. Rondeau stepped down following the 1955-56 season after four years behind the Friars' bench.
In 1985, he became the first Rhode Islander to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Photo: US Hockey Hall of Fame
Sarah DeCosta-Hayes was the first girl to play in the RI’s high school hockey Championship division when she did so for Toll Gate High School.
At Providence College, she was a two-time All-American and a two-time USA Hockey Player of the Year. She finished her career with a .929 save percentage, a 2.15 goals against average and 2,324 total saves.
DeCosta went on to represent the United States at the Olympics in 1998 and 2002, helping the USA to gold in ’98 and silver in ’02.
In 2009, she was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the 1998 gold medal squad.
Cammi Granato is considered by many experts as the greatest women’s hockey player of all-time.
At Providence College, Granato was a four-time ECAC All-Star and a three-time ECAC Player of the Year at Providence College. In 1996 she was also named USA Hockey Player of the Year.
She is atop the leaderboards in points (256) and goals (139) at Providence College as well as points (343) with USA Hockey.
She captained the gold medal team in the 1998 Olympics and the silver medal team in 2002.
In 2010, Granato became the first woman ever inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame.
Terreri is a two-time all-stater at Pilgrim High School before going to Providence College.
At PC, Terreri was a Hockey East Player of the Year, two-time All-American, Academic All-American, and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
Terreri led the Friars to the first-ever Hockey East Championship in 1985 and set NCAA records while leading the team to the NCAA Frozen Four Championship game.
Terreri played 14 seasons in the NHL, winning two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and participated with Team USA in three World Championships, including the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
Toppazzini was inducted into he AHL Hall of Fame in 2012 and is considered one of the greatest RI Reds of all time.
He played in parts of five NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks and 12 seasons in the AHL with the Reds, where he was the team’s leader in all statistical scoring categories.
Toppazzini was head coach of Providence College from 1964-68, where he led Providence to the ECAC playoffs in his first season.
Schneider helped Mount St. Charles to three state championships and two national championships before playing 21 seasons in the NHL.
Schneider won the Stanley Cup in 1993 with the Montreal Canadiens before helping Team USA beat Canada in the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996.
He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.
Schneider is the Rhode Island leader in almost all NHL statistical categories.
Lawton is the first American-born player ever picked first in the NHL Entry Draft.
At Mount Saint Charles, Lawton won the scoring title two times and was named an all-star three times.
In the NHL, he recorded 266 points over a ten-year NHL career, while he represented Team USA in four World Championships.
Lawton currently works as an analyst for the NHL Network.
Louis A.R. Pieri
Pieri was the general manager of the Providence Reds and the owner of the RI Auditorium.
His teams won three Canadian-American League Fontaine Cups and four AHL Calder Cup championships.
Pieri was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2009.
Bennett is a former Cranston East All-Stater and a Brown University All-American and Hall of Famer.
In 1970, Bennett became the first RI-developed player to skate in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the first American-developed player to record a 30-goal season in the NHL.
Harvey Bennett Sr.
Bennett Sr. played goal for the Rhode Island Reds three Calder Cup championship teams in over a 12-year AHL career.
He saw five sons play in the pros including fellow inductee Curt, and sons Harvey Jr. and Bill, who reached the NHL.
Carney was part of four state championship teams at Mount Saint Charles before playing college hockey at Maine.
In the NHL, Carney played in 1,018 games, which is the most ever by a Rhode Island native. His +164 is the eighth best +/- of any American-born defensemen.
Carney is also an Olympian, playing for Team USA during the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Cavanagh is regarded as one of the greatest high school hockey players in New England history.
Cavanagh, out of Cranston East, was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1994 and is a three-time all-stater and RI state scoring champion.
At Harvard, he was a three-time All-American and team scoring leader.
He is the all-time scoring leader of Boston’s Beanpole Tournament.