December 17 in Indianapolis hockey history
1950: Max McNab tallies his second hat trick in three weeks, beating the Profidence Reds 5-3. Fred Glover and Gerry Reid each have a goal and an assist in the win.
1960: Pierre Brillant scores the last two of his 204 goals as a Chief in a 7-3 loss to Minneapolis. He would be traded after five scoreless games
1961: Hours after several players and coach Alex Shibicky get in a car accident driving home from Toledo, the Chiefs shut out the Fort Wayne Komets 3-0. It’s also the first game since the two teams got into a brawl that forced the stoppage of a game. Doug Monro – one of the players in the accident – gets in a fight. Lloyd Maxfield has a goal and an assist, Jean Therrien assists on all three goals and Ron Bahr scores the game-winner.
1974: A first-minute defeat. The Vancouver Blazers/ John “Pie” McKenzie scores 22 seconds into the 2nd and 41 seconds into 3rd to beat Racers 3-2.
1976: Bob Sicinski scores at 5:31 of overtime to beat the Whalers 5-4 in Hartford. Sicinski tallies a goal and an assist in the game. Gene Peacosch has a goal and two assists, while Blair MacDonald has two assists.
1982: Red Laurence scores twice in a 7-2 win in Colorado. Glen Duncan and Garth MacGuigan each tally a goal and an assist.
1986: The Checkers win a wild 8-7 shootout victory over Flint. The Checkers take a 6-2 lead in the opening two periods, but a disputed goal by the Spirits closes them within one late in the second, and they tie the game with 27 seconds left. Gary McColgan scores the shootout winner. George Servinis has a goal and two assists, as the Checkers have seven different goal scorers. Tim Salmon has a goal and an assist, while Pete Laviolette and Todd Carlile each tally two assists. Todd Bjorkstrand, McColgan, Bryan Wells, Harold Schlamp and Bob Lakso score.
1989: Ray LeBlanc records his first shutout as an Iceman, turning aside 33 shots in a 3-0 win at Milwaukee. Everett Sanipass scores twice in the second, Jim Johannson adds two assists and Mario Doyon adds an insurance tally 54 seconds into the third.
2011: The Ice have six different goal scorers in a 6-2 win at Chicago. Daniil Tarasov and Robbie Baillargeon lead the way with a goal and two assists each. Tarasov’s goal is his 52nd, breaking Garrett Roe’s team record for career goals.
Happy birthday to …
Bernard “Buzz” Deschamps: Left wing for the Chiefs from 1960-62. In the 1960-61 season, he had 16 goals and 22 assists in 59 games. He also played briefly for the team the following year before finishing the year in St. Paul. Buzz was a professional rookie with the Chiefs, but went on to find success with the EHL’s Long Island Ducks, where he had 38 and 57-goal seasons from 1962-64. He played professionally through 1966, then came out of retirement to play briefly in the NAHL in 1974-75. He is a member of the Midland, Ontario and Penetanguishene, Ontario Sports Halls of Fame. He has settled in Long Island after retiring as a player. A native of Penetanguishene, Ont., he is 77.
Ed Lee: Winger for the Checkers, playing two scoreless games for the team in 1985-86. Lee was a second-year pro out of Princeton who played most of that year with the AHL Springfield Indians. He later played in Germany, where he had a 71-goal season in 1987-88. A native of Mt. Bristol, RI, he is 55.
Frantisek Musil: Ice defenseman in 1997-98. In 52 games, he had five goals, eight assists and 122 penalty minutes. Drafted in the second round of the 1983 NHL Draft by the North Stars, Musil won the gold medal at the 1985 World Championships. He defected from Czechoslovakia in 1986 and began an NHL career that lasted 797 games, from 1986-2001, with Minnesota, Calgary, Ottawa and Edmonton. He joined the Ice in 1997-98, and also played for the Detroit Vipers and Edmonton Oilers that year. The next season, he returned to Edmonton full-time. He retired after the 2001 season, and has since been a scout with the Edmonton Oilers. He is also an assistant with the Czech Republic national hockey team. A native of Pardubice, Czecholsovakia, he is 52.
Bo Pieper: Forward for the Indiana Ice in 2012-13, where he played alongside his older brother, Canon. In 63 games, he had two goals and 10 assists. He joined the Ice after playing with the Chicago Steel for a year. In 2013-14, he went with Canon to the Coquitiam Express of the BCHL, where he scored 27 goals and 32 assists. He is currently a junior at Quinnipiac University, where he had 22 points in 80 games his first two seasons, leading the Bobcats to the Frozen Four in 2016. A native of Rosehill, Minn., he is 22.