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Fern Gauthier: Capitals right wing from 1945-49. He played 73 games for the Caps — splitting each year with the Red Wings — scoring 28 goals and 45 assists. His best year with the Caps was 1947-48, where he had 16 goals and 17 assists in just 32 games. He played 229 NHL games from 1943-49 with the Rangers, Canadiens and Red Wings, tallying 96 points. He was born in Chicoutimi, Quebec in 1919, and passed away in 1992 at age 83.
Todd Lumbard: Checkers goaltender from 1983-85, sharing net duties with Rob Holland both years. He played 40 games for the Checkers, including three starts in the 1984 Adams Cup Final. He played three minor pro seasons in the IHL, CHL, AHL and ACHL before retiring in 1986. He relocated to Regina, Saskatchewan, where he has operated a funeral home and served on the city council. He recently became a co-owner of the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats. A native of Brandon, Manitoba, he is 53.
Andrei Trefilov: Ice goaltender from 1997-99. He played one game for the team in 1997-98, and established himself as the team’s starter early in the 1998-99 season. However, his NHL rights were traded by the Blackhawks partway through the year, and he ended up on the Detroit Vipers, ousting the Ice from the 1999 IHL playoffs. Trefilov was the winning goaltender in the Ice’s final IHL game, defeating the Ice 3-2. Trefilov and teammate Kevin Weekes shared the IHL’s top goaltender award that year, and was the IHL’s Playoff MVP the following year with the Chicago Wolves. In Indianapolis, he was 9-7-2 with the Ice in 19 starts with a 2.41 GAA. He played 54 NHL games from 1992-99 for Calgary, Buffalo and Chicago, going 12-25-4 with a 3.45 GAA. He played six seasons in Germany before retiring in 2006. Trefilov played for Russia in the 1992 and 1998 Winter Olympics, winning the gold medal in 1992. After retirement, he has been an agent. A native of Moscow, he is 47.