According to QuantHockey, there have been 20 NHL players born in the state of Rhode Island. The most notable name is Bryan Berard, who scored more than 300 points in his NHL career.
Noel Acciari is the only active Rhode Islander in the NHL. He ended a personal drought by scoring his first NHL goal tonight, but he ended a longer drought in the process.
Tom Cavanagh, pride of Warwick, was playing for the San Jose Sharks in 2009, when he scored the only goal of his NHL career...
...on March 28, 2009.
Weird stat: Noel Acciari's 1st NHL goal came 8 years to the day after the last NHL goal scored by a Rhode Islander (Tom Cavanagh). pic.twitter.com/5WA12s89OS— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) March 29, 2017
MIND = BLOWN.
Congrats to Acciari on his first goal, and congrats to Rhode Island hockey on another successful March 28th.