PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame announced on Sunday (March 4) that seven members with Providence College ties are part of the 16-member charter class set to be enshrined on Sept. 20 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. The inductees were unveiled on March 4 between periods of the AHL game between the Providence Bruins and Springfield Thunderbirds at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.
The Friar inductees include – Sara DeCosta-Hayes, Cammi Granato, Lou Lamoriello, Richard Rondeau, Chris Terreri, Zellio Toppazzini, and Ron Wilson.
DeCosta-Hayes was an all-state goaltender at Toll Gate High School and the first girl to play in the RI championship division. 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.
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.
Lamoriello, as a player, played both hockey and baseball. He ranks 33rd on the Friars’ all-time scoring list with 58 goals and 60 assists for 118 points in 64 career games. Following graduation, Lamoriello served as assistant coach to Zellio Toppazzini. In his 15 seasons as head coach, the Providence native 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, one of the greatest in PC history, 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 helped usher in the revival of the men’s hockey program at Providence College in 1952. A former Dartmouth standout, Rondeau helped lay the groundwork for the new program. 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, Rondeau became the first Rhode Islander to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Terreri was a Hockey East Player of the Year, two-time All-American, Academic All-American, and finalist for the Hobey Baker Award while starring at Providence College. Terreri back-stopped 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 a 2012 inductee into the AHL Hall of Fame and was considered the great RI Reds player 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 the Friars from 1964-68, where he led Providence to the ECAC playoffs in his first season.
Wilson, who grew up in Riverside, R.I., played four years at Providence (1973-77). He was an All-America selection twice and a four-time All-ECAC selection. Wilson, a member of the Providence Athletic Hall of Fame, 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 has coached 1,401 NHL games and has 648 wins to his credit. 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). On the international side, Wilson has been Team USA's head coach for some of its brightest 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.
Tickets for the September 20th Enshrinement Celebration & Dinner are on sale now at the RI Hockey Hall of Fame website (www.rihhof.com).
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