1999: Indianapolis Ice owner Horn Chen announces the team is suspending operations in the International Hockey League and moving to the Central Hockey League, a league that Chen helped found in 1992. Chen would later sell the team to local owners, and the Ice would win the CHL championship in their first year. The move ended the Ice’s 11-year run in the IHL, which included a Turner Cup in 1990 and division titles in 1990 and 1997, and also ended a 10-year primary affiliation with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ice would operate as an independent for their first four years in the CHL.
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Marcel Pronovost: One of the great defensemen in NHL history, Pronovost played 34 games with the Capitals in the 1950-51 season — his second full professional year. He had nine goals and 23 assists in those 34 games, earning a quick callup to the Red Wings, where he finished the season. He was an AHL second team All-Star despite playing just half the season. He’d spend the next 19 seasons in the NHL after that one, playing 1,206 games, scoring 88 goals and assisting on 257 others. He was an NHL second team All-Star in 1958 and 1959, and a first team All-Star the following two years. He made his NHL debut in the 1950 playoffs when the Red Wings needed an emergency defenseman, and won the Stanley Cup. He also hoisted the Cup in 1952, 1954 and 1955 with the Red Wings, and again with the Maple Leafs in 1967, scoring a key shorthanded goal in Game 5 of that series. Partway through the 1969-70 season, he became a player-coach with the Tulsa Oilers in the CHL and continued coaching throughout the 1970s. He was the WHA Chicago Cougars’ first coach, and also led the Buffalo Sabres for 104 games from 1978-80. He remains active in hockey, where he scouts for the New Jersey Devils, having helped them win three Stanley Cups. He has been active in pro hockey for 67 years — longer than any other person in NHL history. He also has his name on the Stanley Cup eight times, the 53-year spread from the first (1950) to the most recent (2003) the longest in NHL history. Pronovost is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. A native of Lac la Tortue, Quebec, he was born in 1930. He passed away in 2015 at age 84.
Dan Cesarz: Forward with the Ice from 2010-12. He played 42 games with the team — all but two in the 2010-11 season — scoring five goals and assisting on three. He also had two goals in four games in the 2010 playoffs. He also played two seasons in the NAHL. He made his pro debut in 2015-16 with the Knoxville Ice Bears, tallying nine goals and eight assists in 25 SPHL games. A native of Redford, Mich., he is 24.
Dillon Fournier: Defenseman for the Fuel in their inaugural 2014-15 season. A second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012, Fournier had two goals and five assists in 34 games with the Fuel, primarily coming early in the year. He was called up to AHL Rockford partway through the season and had three assists in 21 AHL games in 2014-15, his rookie year. His 2015-16 season was cut short by injury. He had an assist in seven games with the Fuel and also played two games in Rockford. A native of Montreal, he is 22.