Happy birthday to …
Tony Bukovich: Left wing for the Capitals from 1943-47. He played 146 games for the Caps, with 68 goals and 69 assists. He had three consecutive 20-goal seasons for the Caps from 1944-47 — tallying 22 in just 32 games in 1944-45 — and had five points in five playoff games for the team. He also played 17 NHL games for the Red Wings from 1943-45, scoring seven goals. He retired after the 1948-49 season. A native of Painesdale, Mich., he was born in 1915. He passed away in 2009 at age 94.
Alan Perry: Goaltender for the Ice in 1988-89. In 47 games, he had a 14-22-1 record with a 5.16 GAA. The Blues’ third-round pick in 1984, he broke in professionally in 1986 with Peoria, and also played several years in the AHL. He joined the Oklahoma City Blazers when the CHL was founded in 1992, and was Goaltender of the Year in 1994 and 1995, retiring after the 1994-95 season. A native of Providence, RI, he is 48.
Randy Holmes: Ice center in 2002-03, where he had 13 goals and 31 assists in 64 games. He also had eight points in eight playoff games that season. The former Ohio State Buckeye came to the Ice as a minor-league veteran, having played in the Colonial/United Hockey League and the WPHL. He played senior hockey after leaving the Ice. A native of Kingston, Ont., he is 42.