Happy birthday to …
Max McNab: Capitals center in 1946-47, and again in 1950-51. He played six scoreless games the first season, and then had 36 goals and 48 assists in 70 games in 1950-51, as well as three points in three playoff games. He got his first callup to the Red Wings in 1948-49, played two full seasons in Detroit, and also suited up for the Wings in the 1951 playoffs. He played in the WHL from 1952-59 — three of those as a player-coach — and tallied 20+ goals in all but one of those seasons. He was a coach in the WHL through 1972. He became president of the Central Hockey League, then general manager of both the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils. He was the 1998 recipient of the Lester Patrick Trophy for contributions to hockey in the United States. His son Peter played in the NHL, and son David is in the Avalanche front office. A native of Watson, Sask., he was born in 1924. He passed away in 2007 at age 83.
Earl “Dutch” Reibel: Center who played the 1951-52 season for the Capitals, tallying 33 goals and 34 assists in 68 games, his second full pro season. He played the following season for WHL Edmonton, then had a six-year NHL career with the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Bruins. In that, he scored 84 goals and 161 assists in 409 games. He had just 75 penalty minutes, and was the Lady Byng Trophy winner in 1956. He won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 1954 and 1955. A native of Kitchener, Ont., he was born in 1930. He passed away in 2007 at age 76.
Marty Nanne: Ice right wing from 1989-91. In 73 games, he had six goals and 12 assists for the team. Drafted in the eighth round of the 1996 draft by the Blackhawks, he played three seasons at Minnesota before turning pro in 1988. He played just three minor pro seasons — also playing for Saginaw in 1988-89. He is the son of longtime NHL executive Lou Nanne. Marty is currently a scout for the Minnesota Wild. His son Louie is also a Wild draft pick. A native of Edina, Minn., he is 49.
Kirk Daubenspeck: Ice goaltender from 1997-99. He played 30 games for the Ice, posting an 8-17-1 record and a 3.66 GAA. The Flyers’ seventh-round pick in 1992, Daubenspeck joined the Ice as a rookie after a four-year career at Wisconsin. Daubenspeck also played high school hockey in Indiana at Culver Academy. He split time between the ECHL, IHL and AHL early in his career, and later found a home as a starter in the ECHL with South Carolina and the WCHL with Colorado. He retired after the 2005-06 season. A native of Madison, Wis., he is 42.