|Mount Saint Charles has a strong tradition of academic excellence and athletic distinction. Mount Pride has been instilled in generations of students from the first ice hockey team in 1926 through the newest additions in team sports to our athletics program. |
Through sports, we seek to form the physical strength and coordination of young people, as well as their character and ability to work cooperatively, while teaching values which may be transferred into the real world. We teach our young people that success is only gained through self-sacrifice and discipline. With this in mind, all of our students have the opportunity to take part in activities from intramural to interscholastic competition.
More than fifty teams currently compete under the banner of the Mounties. Our success, apparent in the national, state, and class championships, is more importantly evident in the fact that our teams are regular recipients of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s (RIIL) Sportsmanship Award for the manner of their play and quality of their character.
Hockey at Mount has a long and storied history; our first team was organized by Br. Adelard Beaudet, SC, in 1926. Br. Adelard, the father of Rhode Island Schoolboy Hockey, was born in 1884 in the town of St. Jean Deschaillons, Quebec, Canada. His Mount teams, known as the “Flying Frenchmen,” captured 10 state titles, 3 New England championships, and 3 national crowns. The winning ways would continue for many years, creating an aura of near invincibility. Many Mount players from the 1930’s through the 1950’s went on to play in the AHL. In 1961 the Brothers bought an old airplane hangar and with the aid of boarding students turned it into the Br. Adelard Arena. The seating later came from the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
And as they say…
THE REST IS HISTORY!
These past 48 years have taken quite a toll on our arena. Now the renovation plans are in place and it is time to start the work. This past summer we installed a sprinkler system allowing us to keep the facility open, but that was just the beginning. The renovations are designed to be completed in two phases in order that we do not disrupt a hockey season.
In phase 1 the existing building envelope and locker rooms will remain largely intact. We will however remove the dashers, fencing, concrete slab, and refrigeration system. We will install a new regulation sized rink, ice making system, boards and glass, and move the team bench to the west side of the arena. Because of the expansion of the ice surface a new lobby with concession area and office space will be constructed. This new space will feature a glass wall looking onto the ice.
Phase 2 will witness the biggest changes seen by the public. Additions will be added all the way around the building. The locker rooms will be moved to the west side, the lobby renovations will be completed, and an upper seating level added with access by elevator. The changes will also include a new media booth, restrooms, VIP seating, and a footbridge from the upper campus. All of this is being planned with the next 50 years of championship teams in mind.
Some facts about the hockey program under Coach Bill Belisle (1975-Present):
• Coach’s 36 year overall record (including playoffs & exhibition games) is 904-137-35
• We hold the national school boy hockey record with 26 straight state titles (29 of the last 33)
• 100 players have achieved “1st Team All State” honors
• 58 players have received scholarships to Division One Colleges and Universities
• 20 players have been selected in the “Pro-Draft” system of the NHL
• 10 signed NHL contracts: Brian Lawton (1983 #1 pick), Ed Lee, Paul Guay, Mathieu Schneider, David Capuano, Keith Carney, Garth Snow, Bryan Berard (1995 #1 pick), Brian Boucher, and Jeff Jillson
• 5 skated for the U. S. Olympic Team. Paul Guay (1984-Sarajevo); Garth Snow (1994-Lillehammer); and Keith Carney, Mathieu Schneider, and Bryan Berard (1998-Nagano)
• 2 books, Pride on the Mount and How It All Started, and a movie, Ice Kings, have been produced