May 27 in Indianapolis hockey history
2014: The Indy Fuel name Scott Hillman the first head coach in the team’s history. Hillman has spent the previous five years as the only head coach in the history of the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks, and prior to that, won two titles in two years with the SPHL’s Knoxville Ice Bears. Hillman also played a long career in the WPHL and CHL, primarily with the Odessa Jackalopes.
2014: The USHL names Indiana Ice GM/Head Coach Jeff Brown the league’s General Manager of the Year. Brown led the Ice from last place in the league in 2012-13 to Eastern Conference and Clark Cup titles in 2013-14.
Happy birthday to …
Philippe Choiniere: Winger who played 57 games for the Ice in 2003-04, their final CHL season. He had five goals and five assists, and also scored a goal in five playoff games. He joined the Ice as a rookie after a career at the University of Calgary, and played the next year in both the CHL for Amarillo and the Quebec-based LNAH. He also played in Europe after the 2005 season. A native of Durham, Quebec, he is 36.
Nic Dowd: Center for the Ice in 2009-10, he had had 16 goals and 23 assists in 49 games. He also had two goals and four assists in nine playoff games as the Ice advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. He went from the Ice to play four seasons at St. Cloud State, where he tallied 52 goals, including 22 in his senior season. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and signed with the Kings in the spring of 2014, tallying three assists for AHL Manchester in his first seven pro games. In his first full pro season in 2014-15 with Manchester, he had nine goals and 32 assists in 75 games. He made his NHL debut in 2015-16 with the Kings, playing five games. He also had 14 goals and 34 assists in 58 games with the AHL’s Ontario Reign. A native of Huntsville, Ala., he is 26.