November 17 in Indianapolis hockey history
1957: The Chiefs shut out the Cincinnati Mohawks 1-0. Cliff Hicks makes 36 saves for his first shutout of the season. It’s the first time the Mohawks have been shut out in their six-year history. Don Busch scores the lone goal at 4:06 of the first period – it’s initially disallowed because of a stick in the crease, but overturned.
1960: Ab DeMarco takes over as coach of the Chiefs as Leo Lamoureux asks to be relieved of his duties. Leo would soon check into the hospital with what would be a terminal bout with acute hepatitis. Pierre Brillant scores on a penalty shot in a 6-4 win over Toledo. Don “Nipper” O’Hearn takes over in the Chiefs net for a brief four-game stretch.
1975: Bob Woytowich has a goal and two assists as the Racers beat Toronto 6-2.
1982: Mike Greeder has his first two-goal game, and also assists on Dave Hanson’s opening goal 28 seconds in to a 6-4 win over Wichita. Glen Duncan has two assists.
1984: Garth MacGuigan extends his scoring streak to 11 games in a 10-3 Checkers loss to Peoria.
1990: Dominik Hasek turns aside 34 shots to blank Salt Lake 4-0. Jim Playfair, Mike Eagles, Martin Desjardins all score in the second, and Trevor Dam adds a goal in the third.
2007: The Ice win their seventh straight, beating Lincoln 4-3 on the road. Ron Cramer scores twice, and Paul Carey and T.J. Syner also tally first-period goals 1:29 apart in the win.
Happy birthday to …
Blair MacDonald: “BJ” was a right wing for the Racers from 1975-77. He came to the team early in the 1975-76 season from Edmonton and quickly became a mainstay. He played 137 games with the Racers, with 53 goals and 41 assists. He played in all 16 of the team’s playoff games. He was scoreless in 1976, but was the leading scorer in 1977, with seven goals and eight assists in nine postseason contests. MacDonald went back to Edmonton in 1977. He broke into the WHA in 1973 as a rookie with the Oilers, and he played in the league’s final six seasons. After the merger, he played in parts of four seasons with the Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. He had four straight 30+-goal seasons starting in 1976-77 with the Racers. In 1978-79, he became Wayne Gretzky’s line mate and tallied 34 goals. The following year, playing on Gretzky’s right side, he had 46 goals and 48 assists. He had 24 goals with the Oilers and Canucks in 1980-81. In total, he appeared in 695 NHL/WHA games, with 262 goals and 365 assists. In 1983-84, he became the coach of the CHL’s Montana Magic, and suited up in four games. He also played briefly thereafter in Europe. In 1989, he coached the Muskegon Lumberjacks to an IHL title and was named the league’s Coach of the Year. His 1990 Lumberjacks team lost to the Ice in the finals. He has also been a coach in Europe for several seasons. A native of Cornwall, Ont., he is 63.
Bobby Simpson: He was the Racers’ first-round pick in the 1976 WHA Draft — fourth overall — but he first suited up for a local team in 1984-85 as a member of the Checkers. Simpson opted to go to the NHL, where the Atlanta Flames drafted him 28th overall in 1976. He played 175 NHL games from 1976-83 with the Flames, Blues and Penguins, interspersed in-between several productive minor-league stints. In 1984-85, he joined the Checkers and had 16 goals and 24 assists in 55 games. Simpson was dealt to Salt Lake partway through the year and finishd with a 23-goal season. He retired after the 1986-87 season, and came out of retirement 10 years later to briefly play in the Colonial Hockey League. He has remained in Georgia — where he began his career — after retiring. A native of Caughnawaga, Quebec, he is 60.
Alex Lavoie: Fuel forward in 2015-16. He came to the Fuel in his third pro season, after having played with Allen in the CHL, Oklahoma City in the AHL and Florida in the ECHL, and tallying 20 goals in each of his first two. Lavoie had 16 goals and 38 assists in 71 games for the Fuel, leading the team in scoring. He came to the pros after playing five years in the QMJHL. Lavoie is currently playing for Bofors IK in Sweden. A native of Anjou, Quebec, he is 24.