March 29 in Indianapolis hockey history
1942: The Capitals open the 1942 Calder Cup Final with a 5-4 win over the Hershey Bears at the Coliseum. Connie Brown and Hal Jackson each score twice and Ken Kilrea has two assists. The Caps rally from a 3-1 first-period deficit, with Joe Turner making 30 saves.
1944: The Capitals are eliminated from the 1944 Calder Cup semifinals with a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons. Hy Buller scores twice for the Caps in the second period. The Caps are eliminated four games to one, and the Bisons go on to win their second straight Calder Cup championship.
1959: The Chiefs beat the Toledo Mercurys 7-3 to finish the regular season 26-30-4 and finish fourth in the five-team IHL. The Chiefs clinch a playoff spot for the third straight season. Don Busch has two goals and three assists, Claude Vinet two goals and an assist and Pierre Brillant a goal and two assists in the victory.
1975: The Racers and Cleveland Crusaders combine for 89 shots (43 for the Racers, 46 for the Crusaders), but the Crusaders win 7-5.
1985: Moe Bartoli’s first game as Checkers coach is a 6-3 loss to Fort Wayne. Neal Coulter scores on a penalty shot for the Chex.
1987: The Checkers’ last regular season home win is a 6-4 victory over Fort Wayne at MSA. Peter Laviolette and Todd Bjorkstrand each score twice, Ron Handy and Bob Lakso each add a goal and an assist. It’s Handy’s 53rd goal of the season. Mike Zanier bounces back from a 14-0 loss to make 33 saves.
1995: Craig Fisher has a hat trick, and Colin Miller assists on three goals in a 7-5 win at Fort Wayne. Hugo Belanger has two goals and an assist. Tom Tilley and Jeff Buchanan also score.
1996: Ravil Gusmanov scores his first goal with the Ice and adds two assists. Kip Miller has the same line in a 6-1 win over Michigan in Kalamazoo.
2003: The Ice rout Amarillo 8-4 on the road to clinch their first-round playoff series 3-1. Bernie John tallies five assists and Jason Baird tallies the game-winner.
Happy birthday to …
Duane Rupp: Chiefs defenseman for two games in 1958-59. They were the first two games of a 19-year pro hockey career that saw him play in several minor league cities and matriculate to the NHL (briefly) in 1962-63 with the Rangers. He broke in full-time with the Maple Leafs in the post-expansion year of 1967-68, and later with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota North Stars of the NHL, and the Calgary Cowboys and Vancouver Blazers of the WHA. He played 489 major pro games, with 27 goals and 135 assists. He was the first defenseman to score a hat trick in Penguins history. He is a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. Rupp played his last season, 1976-77, as the player-coach of the AHL’s Rochester Americans, and continued to coach the Amerks for 2 years. A native of McNutt, Sask., he is 78.
Steve Tardif: Ice center from 1997-99. He had three goals, four assists and 153 PIM in 48 games with the Ice. A seventh-round pick of the Blackhawks in 1995, he played in the IHL, AHL and ECHL through 2000, and later played senior hockey and minor pro hockey in Quebec. A native of St. Agnes, Quebec, he is 39.
Jason Glover: Ice right wing in 1998-99. He had two assists in his only game. Glover played minor pro hockey from 1994-2001, mostly at the “AA” level in the Colonial/United league and the WPHL, where he had two 40-goal seasons. He also played professionally in Britain. A native of London, Ont., he is 44.
Joe Hartman: Ice defenseman in 2008-o9. He had six goals and 22 assists in 60 games, and also contributed a goal and two assists in the 13-game Clark Cup championship run that spring. He went from the Ice to a four-year career at Miami University, where he had nine goals and 26 assists, and played the 2013-14 season for ECHL Fort Wayne, where he had 11 points in 72 games. A native of St. Cloud, Minn., he is 27.
Kevin Quick: Fuel defenseman for part of the 2015-16 season. He had a goal and 12 assists in 37 games in Indy. He was traded to South Carolina midway through the season, and finished the year in Britain. Quick came to the Fuel after playing seven full pro seasons, primarily in the AHL with Norfolk and Rockford. He also has layed for Augusta, Elmira, Florida and South Carolina in the ECHL, and six games for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. Quick also has played parts of two seasons in Britain. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is 28.