April 29 in Indianapolis hockey history
1976: The Racers’ season ends with a 6-0 loss to New England in Game 7 of their quarterfinal series in front of a sellout crowd of 16,040 at Market Square Arena. Cap Raeder stops 26 shots for his third shutout of the series. Dan Bolduc scores the winner with 2:15 left in the first, and then assists on two goals. The Whalers added three goals in the second and two more in the third. As the Racers leave the ice, the sellout crowd gives them a standing ovation as they head off.
1983: Red Laurence gives the Checkers a dramatic last-second victory to beat Birmingham 5-4 and tie the Adams Cup Final at two games apiece. Garth MacGuigan wins a faceoff moments ahead of the buzzer straight back to Laurence, who blasted a long slapshot past Mario Lessard and into the net. After a long discussion, the officials decided to count the goal. Scott Howson and Dave Simpson score at :17 and :44 of the third period to tie the game at 2-2. Kevin Devine and Gord Dineen give the Checkers leads late in the third, but Birmingham’s Dave DeBol sends it into OT with 25 seconds left. Dineen leads the Checkers with a goal and two assists.
1996: After winning the first two games of the series, the Ice are eliminated by Detroit in a decisive fifth game by a 4-2 score. Danton Cole and Ryan Huska give the Ice a 2-1 lead with goals 1:28 apart in the opening minutes of the second, but the Vipers’ Bill Armstrong scores the game-winner midway through the second and Darren Madeley makes it stand up in net. Jim Waite makes 30 saves in a losing effort for the Ice.
Happy birthday to …
Dean Magee: Center who played five games for the Racers in their abbreviated final 1978 season, assisting on one goal. He also played seven NHL games for the Minnesota North Stars the previous year, shortly after finishing his college career at Colorado College. Magee played just one more professional season, with the CHL’s Houston Apollos in 1979-80. A native of Banff, Alberta, he is 61.
George Servinis: Left wing who played 70 games for the Checkers in 1986-87, scoring 41 goals and assisting on 54 others. His 95 points put him second on the team to Ron Handy, who had a 135-point season that year. He was a member of the RPI national title team in 1985, and began playing professionally in the AHL the next year. His year with the Checkers — and a 34-goal season in 49 games with Kalamazoo the following year — were his minor-league highlights. He had a five-game stint with the Minnesota North Stars in 1987-88, and then headed to play in Europe. A native of Toronto, he is 54.
Marc D’Amour: One of several goaltenders who suited up for the 1988-89 Ice, he played six games for the silver and black, going 2-3-1 with a 3.70 GAA. It was close to the end of a 10-year pro career that saw him play in the CHL, IHL and AHL from 1982-92. He played 15 games in the NHL with the Calgary Flames in 1985-86, going 2-4-2 for the eventual Campbell Conference champions. He also played one game for the Flyers in 1988-89, stopping all 13 shots he faced in relief. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he is 55.
Scott Hillman: The Indy Fuel’s inaugural head coach from 2014-16, leading the team to a 58-60-13 record in his tenure as head coach. Hillman had been a successful player, primarily in the WPHL/CHL with the Odessa Jackalopes, during a pro career that spanned 1999-2007. In 2007, he became the head coach of the SPHL’s Knoxville IceBears, and won back-to-back championships. He later coached the Missouri Mavericks for five CHL seasons before coming to the Fuel in 2014. He was the CHL’s Man of the Year in 2001, and the SPHL’s Coach of the Year in 2009. A native of LaSalle, Ont., he is 42.