AHL NAMES 2009 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Group Includes Former Providence Reds Owner Louis A.R. Piere
Springfield, MA - The American Hockey League today announced the four people selected for induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2009. Honored by the AHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee as the fourth group of enshrinees are Jimmy Anderson, Bruce Boudreau, Les Cunningham and Louis Piere.
The Class of 2009 will be honored as part of the festivities at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Charter Communications in Worcester, Massachusetts. The induction ceremony will take place as part of the AHL All-Star Classic Luncheon on Monday, January 26.
A long-time contributor to the AHL as general manager and owner of the Providence Reds, Louis A.R. Pieri had a prolific career at the helm of one of the league's most fabled franchises.
A graduate of Providence's prestigious Brown University, Pieri became general manager of the Rhode Island Auditorium and its primary tenant, the Reds, in 1929, and helped guide the team into the AHL as one of its charter members in 1936. The Pieri family soon took over ownership of the arena and of the Reds and helped build an AHL tradition for generations of Rhode Islanders to come.
Under Pieri's watch, the Reds won a total of eight AHL division titles and four Calder Cup championships (1938, 1940, 1949, 1956). Pieri also served as a co-owner of the National Basketball Association's Providence Steamrollers and later of the Boston Celtics.
Following Pieri's death in 1967, the AHL established the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award, which is presented each year to the league's outstanding coach. Past Providence Bruins coaches Peter Laviolette (1998-99) and Scott Gordon (2007-08), both now in the National Hockey League, have been honored with the award.
In a unique effort to make the rich tradition of the AHL available to the widest possible audience, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at ahlhalloffame.com and is accessible to fans worldwide with the click of a mouse as part of the AHL Internet Network. The Network also includes theahl.com, caldercup.com and all 29 official team sites, and hosts more than 200 million page views each year.
Providence Bruins season tickets, Flex Tix packages and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.