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Bruins Founder, Newport Native Adams Named to Vt. HOF

BURLINGTON -- The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame announced its second class of inductees Monday afternoon at Centennial Field.

The 10 athletes and contributors represent a diverse group of sports and generations from Vermont's athletic scene and it includes two Olympic medalists, a World Series champion, national award winners and record-setting scorers.

In addition, the VTSHoF unveiled two special inductees, one a historic inductee and the other in memory of the Hall's first chair of its board of directors, David Hakins.

Joining the 13 members inducted in the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2012 will be: Barbara Cochran and Billy Kidd, Alpine skiing; Keith Cieplicki, basketball; Ollie Dunlap, football; Ralph Lapointe, multi-discipline; Phil Latreille (pronounced 'la-tray'), ice hockey; Gretchen Scheuermann, field hockey; Jean Robinson (basketball/coach) and Ed Kehoe (outdoors), contributors.

The historical inductee is Newport native Charles Adams, a businessman who went on to found the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Adams founded the Bruins in 1924, the first American franchise in the National Hockey League. The team won three Stanley Cup championships before Adams' death in 1947 and he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960. He also was instrumental in the building of Boston Garden, which opened in 1928, and served as president of the baseball Boston Braves of the National League, as well as the Suffolk Downs thoroughbred track in Revere, Mass. The NHL's Adams Division was named in honor of him and his family; his son and grandson served as presidents of the Bruins until 1975.

The second annual Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Celebration will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington. Tickets will be available to the public. For information on the Hall, the inductees and the induction, log on to

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