December 5 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: Additional seats are added to expand Coliseum capacity to 11,000 to handle huge postwar crowds. The Capitals break the 10,000 mark in attendance several times during the 1946-47 season.
1950: Marcel Pronovost is sent to the Capitals from Detroit, as is Steve Kraftchek. The future Hall of Famer plays 34 games and posts a 9-23-32 line with the Caps, and is an AHL All-Star for 1950-51 despite playing only half the season in Indianapolis. He would become noted for his deft stickhandling ability, wand would be called back up to Detroit for good on Feb. 15
1959: Pierre Brillant and Marcel Clements each have two goals and an assist as the Chiefs beat Louisville 7-4 at the Coliseum.
1974: Paul Deneau takes control of the Racers in their inaugural season, as the initial ownership group dissolves
1989: Jim Waite ends a scoreless streak of 162:25 in Phoenix, but Jari Torkki scores twice on feeds from Mike Rucinski, the latter coming at 2:47 of overtime to give the Ice a 2-1 win.
1992: Both Alexander Andrievski and Tony Hrkac record hat tricks in a 10-3 rout of Kalamazoo at the Coliseum. Each also adds an assist. Sergei Krivokrasov had a five-point game with a goal and four assists. Rod Buskas wasn’t on the scoresheet, but he was a plus-5. The Ice had a barrage with six second-period goals and three more in the third after trailing 3-1 after one. Sean Williams and Craig Woodcroft got it started with goals 13 seconds apart to start the second period, two seconds off the team record. Tony Hrkac scored twice within 35 seconds.
2007: Stepan Novotny scores twice and Gregory Squires assists on three goals in a 5-1 Ice win over Ohio at the Coliseum. It’s the team’s 10th straight win at home.
2014: The Fuel & Florida Everblades play a wild game that sees Indy nearly rally from a 6-3 deficit, but the Fuel eventually fall 7-6. Defensemen Nick Bruneteau and Mathieu Brisebois each have three assists and Mike Duco also has a three-point game with a goal and two assists. Indy native Jordan Tibbett makes his pro hockey debut, stopping five of six shots in the third period. The Fuel go 4-6 on the PP and also score a shorthanded goal off the stick of Anders Franzon.
Happy birthday to …
Les Douglas: Capitals center in two stints – from 1939-43, and again from 1945-47. Douglas played 252 games in a Caps uniform, with 116 goals and 186 assists. His best year came when he returned from WWII, when he had 44 goals and 46 assists in 62 games in 1945-46. He followed with 26 goals and 57 assists in 51 games in 1946-47. He split nearly all of his Indy years with the Red Wings. He played 20 playoff games with the Caps, with nine goals and 14 assists. His 17 points in the 1942 Calder Cup championship run set an AHL record. He was part of three division championship teams – 1940, 1942 and 1946. He went from the Caps to continue to score big totals in the AHL with Buffalo and Cleveland through 1951, and then played senior hockey in Quebec. Douglas also spent the 1943 playoffs in Detroit and won the Stanley Cup. A native of Perth, Ont., he was born in 1918. He passed away in 2002 at age 83.
Joe Hardy: Racers center in 1974-75. In 32 games, he had two goals and 17 assists. Hardy was a consistent WHA player in the league’s early days, playing for the Cleveland Crusaders, Chicago Cougars, Racers and San Diego Mariners from 1972-75. he had a 24-goal, 61-point season with Chicago in 1973-74. He also played 63 NHL games with the California Golden Seals from 1969-71. He played 273 major pro games, with 55 goals and 108 assists. He retired in 1978 after playing several minor-league seasons – including a whopping 60 goals and 148 assists with the NAHL Beauce Jaros in 1975-76, where he was the player-coach – and later coached in the AHL and QMJHL. A native of Kenogami, Quebec, he is 71.