Congratulations, Bob

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 5:30pm

To the Editor,

Hello, my name is Paul Rule. My brother Bob has been coming to Block Island since 1970 and became a full-time Block Island resident in 2014 when he retired to
the house he had built in 1980. I thought his fellow residents might find his athletic career of some interest. On November 13 of this year, Bobby was inducted into his sixth Hall of Fame honoring his career as both an athlete and as a coach that spanned 56 years. I still remember how proud I was of my older brother when I was 10 and he was 16. Now, Bobby is 72 and I am 66, and I still felt a tremendous pride for him as I watched him get inducted to his latest Hall of Fame.

I have enclosed the program for the induction ceremony that I attended [National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association]. Bob’s accomplishments are on page 10. What wasn’t mentioned was that Bobby played on the 1970 Cornell hockey team that also went undefeated with a record of 29-0. This is the only Division One hockey team in history to go undefeated. It is often touted as the best men’s hockey team ever to play in Division One. Bobby is also the only athlete in history to be on two NCAA championship teams in the same year, both hockey and lacrosse.
Along Bob’s journey, he also created lacrosse equipment that helped the game move forward. He was awarded nine U.S. patents for his designs.

I hope you enjoy reading about a “fellow” Block Islander’s career. Meanwhile, I know Bob really enjoys following the Hurricanes’ sports program!

Paul Rule
Oldsmar, Fla.