December 8 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: Les Douglas has three goals and an assist as the Caps beat New Haven 6-2. Hugh Millar has a goal and two assists and Gerry Couture two assists in the win.
1956: The Chiefs sign future IHL legend Len Ronson and he scores two goals in his first game, a 3-3 tie in Fort Wayne. Marc Boileau also has a goal in the tie.
1961: Chuck Adamson makes 33 saves – 17 in the third period – to lead the Chiefs to a 3-0 shutout of the Toledo Mecurys. Jean Therrien, Lloyd Maxfield and Bobby Rivard score the Chiefs’ goals.
1974: The Racers break a 13-game losing streak with a 5-3 win against the San Diego Mariners. John Sheridan scores twice and Kerry Bond adds a goal and an assist.
1985: Phil DeGaetano scores the winner to give the Checkers their first shootout victory, 5-4 over Flint. Gerry Minor has three assists in the game.
1996: Chris Snell assists on goals by Steve Dubinsky, Andy MacIntyre and Brad Werenka in a 4-3 shootout win at Quebec. The last two — by Dubinsky and MacIntyre — came at 6:05 and 7:20 of the third and sent the game into a shootout. Dave Chyzowski and Fred Knipscheer scored in the shootout, and Jim Waite made 22 saves in regulation and was a perfect 4-4 in the shootout.
2007: The Ice win their sixth straight, and for the 13th time in 14 games, beating Chicago 5-3. Gregory Squires has a goal and two assists. Jake Skjodt a goal and an assist and John Kemp two assists in the win. Scott Darling turns aside 23 shots.
Happy birthday to …
Nathan Perrott: The Devils’ second-round pick in 1995, Perrott was a right wing with the Ice from 1997-99. He had 18 goals, 14 assists and 383 penalty minutes in 101 games with the Ice. He had three goals – including an overtime game-winner – in seven games in the 1999 playoffs. Perrott continued to play in the AHL and IHL, and earned 89 NHL games with the Predators, Maple Leafs and Stars from 2001-06. Perrott also played in the KHL in 2008-09, and retired after playing the 2010 season in the CHL. He currently works as a security guard in Ontario, and has had a handful of bouts as a professional boxer. A native of Owen Sound, Ont., he is 40.
Dean Grillo: Indiana Ice coach at the end of the 2004-05 season. Grillo came to the Ice after playing at North Dakota for two seasons in the NCAA, and then three years in the Sharks organization in the AHL & IHL. He also played in Europe. A native of Bemidji, Minn., he is 44.