September 29 in Indianapolis hockey history …
2012: The Ice open a new era, playing their first home opener at Pan Am Pavilion. Dalton Izyk does it in style by stopping all 18 shots he faces in a 2-0 win over Omaha. It’s Izyk’s second career USHL shutout. Brian Morgan and Austin Ortega provide the offense.
Happy birthday to …
Bob Ash: Racers defenseman in 1974-75. He had one goal and 14 assists in 64 games for the Racers. Ash played 200 WHA games from 1972-75, playing the first two seasons for the Winnipeg Jets. He had six goals and 46 assists in his WHA career. He played 11 pro seasons, with the first eight split between the CHL, AHL and WHL before his major-league career began with the WHA. A native of Brandon, Manitoba, he is 73.
Trent Yawney: Ice defenseman for nine games in the 1991-92 season. He had two goals and three assists in his brief stint with the Ice. The Blackhawks’ third-round pick in 1984, Yawney broke into the NHL with Chicago in 1986-87, and played with the team through 1991. After a brief stint with the Ice, he was dealt to Calgary, where he would play six seasons. He also played for the Blues and returned to the Blackhawks for the final two years of a career that ended in 1999. His nine games with the Ice were the only minor pro games of his career, which saw him tally 27 goals and 129 points in 593 NHL games. After retiring, he became a coach, including eight seasons as an AHL head coach in Syracuse and Norfolk. He was the Blackhawks’ head coach for 103 games between 2005-07. He has the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, and spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach of the Anaheim Ducks. A native of Hudson Bay, Sask., he is 51.
Bret Meyers: Right wing for the Ice for four games in the 1998-99 season. He tallied a 33-goal season in just 53 games for ECHL Columbus that year, his rookie pro season after four years at Michigan Tech. He found his scoring touch from 2000-03, when he had 27, 34 and 31 goals in consecutive seasons for ECHL Peoria and UHL Quad City. He retired from minor pro hockey after that season, although he did briefly play senior hockey in Canada thereafter. Today, he is in the insurance business in Toronto. A native of Uxbridge, Ont., he is 43.
Dan Cecka: Forward for the Ice in the 2008-09 season. He had three goals and one assist in 13 games for the team. He played much of that year in the NAHL with the Owatonna Express, where he also played the following season. He recently completed a four-year NCAA Div. III career, first at Wisconsin-Stout and more recently at St. Olaf, where he had 31 points in 27 games in 2013-14. A native of Woodbury, Minn., he is 27.