October 27 in Indianapolis hockey history
1942: The wartime hockey era begins for the Capitals as the defending champs drop a 5-3 decision in Buffalo. Floyd Perras takes the loss in net. Joe Fisher has a goal and an assist for the Caps.
1945: The Capitals and St. Louis Flyers saw a then-AHL-record 13,848 show up at the St. Louis Arena to see the Caps win 5-1. Norm McAtee scored twice and Larry Wilson made 25 saves in goal
1946: Cliff Simpson is sent down to Indianapolis by the Red Wings, beginning a very successful tenure with the Caps
1956: Cliff Hicks blanks the Toledo Mercurys 4-0, making 33 saves for his first shutout as a Chief. Pierre Brillant has two goals and an assist in the win.
1957: The Chiefs win their home opener 6-2 over the Louyisville Rebels at the Coliseum. Pierre Brillant has two goals and Cliff Hicks makes 34 saves in front of a crowd of 3,509.
1974: The Racers get their first victory, beating the Quebec Nordiques 5-3. Steve Andrascik, Rich Pumple, Joe Robertson, Bob Sicinski and Bob Whitlock score. The Racers score three in the second to break a one-all tie and go up 4-1.
1978: Wayne Gretzky registers his third and final assist as a Racer, the second assist on Don Larway’s late first-period goal in a 4-2 loss at Birmingham.
1989: Mario Doyon and Brian Noonan score two goals each in a 6-4 win over the Salt Lake Golden Eagles at the Coliseum.
1990: Mike Stapleton has two goals and two assists, while Sean Williams and Ryan McGill have three helpers each. Mike Eagles also has two goals and an assist as the Ice beat Kalamazoo 7-5 in a wild game at Wings Stadium. The Ice score four times in the third period to mark the win.
2001: The Ice play their home opener at the Pepsi Coliseum, with a 7-4 win over Memphis. Jamie Morris gets the win in goal, while new Ice acquisition Chris George dazzles the home crowd by scoring four goals. Bernie John has four assists.
2013: The Ice thrash Des Moines 6-1, outshooting the Buccaneers 25-1 in the third period and 43-21 for the game. Scott Conway has two goals and an assist. Dwyer Tschantz adds a goal and an assist in the win.
Happy birthday to …
Peter Driscoll: Left wing for the Racers in 1977-78 and briefly in the aborted 1978 season. He played 64 games for the Racers, with 28 goals and 22 assists. He was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the NHL’s fourth round, and the Vancouver Blazers in the WHA’s third round of their respective 1974 amateur drafts. Driscoll immediately made an impact in the WHA, breaking in with Vancouver and proving himself a consistent scorer and a rugged player. Combined with his time in Quebec, he had 28 goals and 56 points in 1977-78 over 77 games. After eight games with the Racers in the fall of 1978, he was dealt to Edmonton — joining Ed Mio in the infamous Wayne Gretzky trade. Driscoll remained with the Oilers for the next three seasons, before retiring in 1982 after playing a full year in the minors. He played 386 WHA/NHL games, with 93 goals and 109 assists. A native of Powassan, Ont., he is 61.
Gerry Minor: Checkers center in 1985-86. He had 28 goals and 46 assists in 72 games that season, and also had seven points in five playoff contests. Minor came to the Checkers at the end of a nine-year career that saw him play 140 NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks from 1979-84. He played in the 1982 Stanley Cup Final with Vancouver. He also played each of those seasons in the minor leagues. After his year with the Checkers — his second-highest scoring pro year, eclipsed only by an 83-point season with CHL Dallas in 1979-80 — he played one year with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and retired. A native of Regina, Sask., he is 57.
Brad Lauer: Left wing for the Ice from 1991-93. In 119 games with the team, he had 74 goals and 71 assists, including a 50-goal, 91-point season in 1992-93. Lauer, the Islanders’ second-round pick in 1985, eventuallly played 323 NHL games for the Islanders, Blackhawks, Senators and Penguins from 1986-96. He had 44 goals and 67 assists in the NHL. After playing his first five seasons primarily in the NHL, he spent much of the rest of his career in the IHL, and was a consistent 20-goal scorer. He also holds a piece of local hockey lore the opposite direction, scoring against the Ice to tie an elimination game late in regulation, one his Cleveland Lumberjacks would eventually win in double-OT to eliminate the 1997 division champion Ice. After playing the 2001-02 season in Britain, Lauer began coaching, and has been an assistant in the WHL and AHL, as well as with the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and since summer 2015, with the Tampa Bay Lightning. A native of Humboldt, Sask., he is 49.