RI Hockey Legacy

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Dunnes of Cranston

The Dunnes of Cranston were 1945-46 Rhode Island Senior Amateur Hockey League champions beating the potent P & Q of Woonsocket 7-6 (George Desaulniers, Andre Tremblay and Bob Peloquin) and sweeping the best of five series.  They repeated as league champs beating P & Q again 7-4 in 1946-47.  Coached by Dick Rondeau, they played in the 1947 New England AAU championships beating Arlington Arcadians, Basco of Cambridge and West Medford before losing to Boston A.A. in the finals 9-2 at the Rhode Island Auditorium.  At the National AAU Championships, also at the Rhode Island Auditorium, Dunnes beat Middlebury, CT before losing in the semi finals to the eventual champion Hanover Indians (George Pullium, Jack Kilmartin, Ralph Warburton) 12-2.  The top scoring line of Ted Doorley, Jimmy Reynolds and Rollie Benjamin along with Don Mellor led the Dunnes.