December 23 in Indianapolis hockey history
1959: Pierre Brillant scores his second straight hat trick to lead the Chiefs to their fourth straight win, scoring the winner 1:36 into overtime to beta the Toledo Mercurys 4-3. Denis Menard has three assists, and Marcel Clements two assists in the victory.
1977: The Racers drop a 5-3 game in New England in which 101 peanlty minutes are handed out – 51 to the Whalers, 50 to the Racers. Kevin Devine gets two fighting majors and a game misconduct for his work.
1995: Ivan Droppa and Mike Vukonich score goals 30 seconds apart in the third period to give the Ice a 3-1 lead in an eventual 3-2 win over Fort Wayne at MSA. Jim Waite made 34 saves in net.
Happy birthday to …
Don Busch: Chiefs defenseman from 1956-58. In 123 games, he had five goals, 18 assists and 127 penalty minutes. He also had two goals and three assists in 19 playoff games, helping lead the Chiefs to the Turner Cup Final in 1957, and the championship in 1958. He played five minor pro seasons, in the WHL with Seattle before coming to the Chiefs, and for EHL Philadelphia and IHL Omaha after his Chiefs tenure ended. A native of Brandon, Manitoba, he was born in 1932.
Germain “Red” Leger: Chiefs center from 1957-60. He played 120 games for the team, with 61 goals and 86 assists. He also had five goals and eight assists in the 1958 Turner Cup championship run, and tallied eight goals and 12 assists overall in 16 playoff games. Prior to playing with the Chiefs, he played several years of senior hockey in Chicoutimi, Quebec. A native of L’Annonciation, Quebec, he was born in 1928.
Lloyd Maxfield: Chiefs center in 1961-62. In 68 games, he had 33 goals and 41 assists. He was a big scorer in an IHL career that spanned 1959-67 — tallying at least 27 goals in each year from 1959-65. He played two seasons in Fort Wayne before joining the Chiefs, and five years in Port Huron after his Chiefs tenure, including three straight 100-point seasons. He was the IHL’s leading scorer in 1965, and was the Flags’ player-coach from 1965-67. He coached Port Huron to the 1966 Turner Cup. A native of Saskatoon, Sask., he was born in 1936.