November 27 in Indianapolis hockey history
1975: Randy Wyrozub and Kim Clackson score five minutes apart in the second period to break a 1-all tie and beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. Bobby Hull’s power play goal for Winnipeg got the scoring started at MSA.
1976: The Racers explode for eight goals to beat the Nordiques 8-2 in Quebec City. Hugh Harris scores twice and adds an assist. Michel Parizeau has a goal and two assists. Ken Block, Al Karlander, Mark Lomenda and Darryl Maggs also score for the Racers.
1982: Another seven-goal game for the Checkers, this time in a 7-3 win over Salt Lake at the Coliseum. This time, Red Laurence has a five-point night with a goal and four assists. Scott Howson has two goals and an assist. Greg Gilbert scores twice and Mats Hallin sets up three goals.
1992: Tony Hrkac records a four-point night with two goals and two assists in a 6-2 rout of Kansas City. Sean Williams adds a goal and two assists.
2013: The Ice stage another third-period comeback, as Tim Shoup and Tyler Andrew score in the final eight minutes to pull the Ice back from a two-goal deficit. Tyler Pham scores 61 seconds into overtime to give the Ice a 4-3 win over Youngstown at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Shoup, Andrew, Pham and Aidan Muir all tally a goal and an assist in the game.
Happy birthday to
Bob Jones: Left wing for the Racers for two games in 1975-76. He broke into the NHL for two games with the Rangers in 1968-69, but played the bulk of his career in the WHA, where he played 161 games for the Los Angeles Sharks, New York Raiders/Golden Blades and Michigan Stags before joining the Racers. He had 109 points for the Racers’ minor-league affiliate in Mohawk Valley that year, and retired after the 1976 season, his 10th in pro hockey. A native of Espanola, Ontario, he is 71.
Darcy Regier: One of the perennial Checkers, Regier was a rock on the team’s blueline throughout their five CHL seasons from 1979-84. Regier played 377 regular season games in the blue and orange, with 13 goals, 93 assists and 441 penalty minutes. He also played in 46 playoff games, with two goals and 11 assists. He was a key part of the 1982 and 1983 Adams Cup champions and 1984 league finalists. Regier won the CHL’s Iron Man Award in 1980. He also played 26 NHL games with the Cleveland Barons and New York Islanders. He began his long front office career behind the bench of the IHL Checkers in 1984-85, where he coached the team for most of that season. Regier has served a long tenure as the Buffalo Sabres’ general manager, and currently is the assistant GM of the Arizona Coyotes. A native of Swift Current, Sask., he is 60.
Tim Salmon: Checkers center in 1986-87. He had 12 goals and 24 assists in 46 games for the team that season. That was his only full season in North America, but he was a star in Britain, where he had 108 goals and 246 points in 1985-86, and routinely tallied triple-digit points through 1992 after returning to the British Isles. A native of Ottawa, he is 52.
Vince Williams: Ice defenseman in 1998-99. He had two goals and three assists in 33 games for the Ice that season, which was split with the ECHL team in Columbus. Williams continued to play through 2006, following coach Bruce Cassidy to Trenton, and playing largely in the ECHL. He became a coach in 2007 of the Trenton Devils in the ECHL, was elevated to the team’s head coach in 2012 and led the Solar Bears though 2015. A native of Ottawa, he is 41.
Mike Torkoff: Defenseman who played 44 games for the Ice in 1999-2000. He had eight goals and 16 assists in the regular season, then added four points in 15 postseason games as the team won the CHL Miron Cup title. Torkoff played from 1996-2002 professionally in Austria, the CHL, WPHL and UHL. A native of Richmond Hills, Ont., he is 45.
Dennis “Red” Gendron: The first head coach of the Indiana Ice, Gendron coached the team for part of the team’s inaugural 2004-05 season. He went on from his Ice tenure to be an assistant at UMass-Amherst, and in 2013, became the head coach at the University of Maine. A native of Boston, he is 59.
Garrett Klotz: The first alternate captain in Indy Fuel history, Klotz was the team’s first veteran signing in 2014. He had a goal and three assists in 30 games in 2014-15. A third-round pick of the Flyers in 2007, Klotz joined the Fuel after playing six seasons in the AHL (Adirondack, Norfolk), ECHL (Fort Wayne) and CHL (Allen). He was a part of the last CHL championship with the Allen Americans in 2014. He was dealt to Wichita late in the 2014-15 season, played the following year for Elmira, and is currently playing for the Coventry Blaze in England. A native of Regina, Sask., he is 28.