John Bender / RIPR

Hockey runs deep in Burrillville. The town’s junior hockey league started in the early 1950s making it one of the oldest youth hockey leagues in the country. The town also boasts one of the oldest public rinks attached to a high school. Today, families continue a tradition of hockey prowess.

As part of our series One Square Mile: Burrillville, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender spent some time at the local hockey rink.

Providence College

Providence College holds a rally Tuesday celebrating the Friar’s first NCAA men’s hockey championship.  The team’s captain and head coach addressed fans at 4 PM.

President Brian Shanley said students can celebrate in a way they weren’t able to after the Friars’ win in Boston.

“Some of us were in Boston last Saturday night as I was, some were back here, people were scattered. This gives us a chance as a community to come together,” said Shanley. 

College officials expect fans to pack Schneider Arena, with a capacity of about 3,000, for the event.

The Atlantic Hockey blog mentions that the University of Rhode Island is being considered by league brass to replace the University of Connecticut, which is moving its Division 1 hockey team into the Hockey East.

The Atlantic Hockey Conference is known as a stepping stone conference for colleges moving up to Division 1. Quinnipiac, for example, started in Atlantic Hockey and is now a national power that plays in the ECAC conference along with such Ivy League schools as Brown and Yale, which won the national championship a few weeks back over Quinnipiac, Yale’s New Haven neighbor.