September 30 in Indianapolis hockey history
1994: Craig Fisher scores a hat trick in his Ice debut, and they beat the Komets 5-2 in the season opener in Fort Wayne. Daniel Gauthier has three assists. Two of Fisher’s goals came on the power play.
1995: The Ice open the Bob Ferguson era with a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Lumberjacks on the road. Andre Racicot turns aside 39 shots in the win, and Daniel Gauthier has two goals and two assists, including the season’s first two goals at 1:58 and 13:15 of the first period. Steve Dubinsky also scores twice. James Black has a goal and two assists.
Happy birthday to …
Cail MacLean: Right wing for the Ice in 1998-99. In 35 games, he had 13 goals and seven assists. He also had two goals and two assists in seven postseason games that year. MacLean was a skilled scorer in a 21-year minor pro career that spanned the IHL, AHL and ECHL that saw him play for 15 different teams. Combined with the 40 games he played in the ECHL in 1998-99, he had 42 goals and 35 assists that season, his highest-scoring year in pro hockey. He had four straight 30-goal seasons to start his pro career from 1997-01, and tallied eight 20-goal seasons. He retired in 2008 after three seasons with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays, and spent two seasons as the team’s head coach from 2009-11. He then coached the AHL Abbotsford Heat for two seasons as an assistant, and recently finished his first season as head coach of the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder. A native of Middleton, Nova Scotia, he is 40.
Dylan Taylor: Forward for the Ice in the 2001-02 season. He had 12 goals and 19 assists in 62 games, as well as 88 penalty minutes. They were the lone pro games of a career that saw him play in the OHL, and then three seasons at the University of Prince Edward Island, a team he later coached. He is currently an assistant for the University of New Brunswick. A native of Oshawa, Ontario, he is 40.
Cedrick Desjardins: “Cedrick the Entertainer” played one game for the Fuel in 2015-16 on loan from the New York Rangers organization, allowing two goals in 48 minutes and backstopping a victory over Evansville. He was rehabbing from an injury, and had to give way to Shane Owen for the final minutes of the game. Desjardins has played 10 seasons of pro hockey, debuting in 2006-07. He has played 72 ECHL games – all from 2006-08 with Cincinnati, and six games in 2015-16 with Manchester and Indy. He also has played 234 games in the AHL with Hamilton, Norfolk, Lake Erie, Syracuse and Hartford, and six NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning over three different seasons from 2010-14. He has a 2.41 GAA and .920 save percentage in the NHL, winning two of his six starts. He played on the 2006 Rimouski Oceanic Memorial Cup championship team, being named the tournament MVP, and was the ECHL Kelly Cup playoff MVP with champion Cincinnati in 2008. A native of Edmunston, New Brunswick, he is 31.