December 24 in Indianapolis hockey history
1944: The Capitals play their first-ever matinee at the Coliseum. A Christmas Eve crowd of 5,189 witnesses a 3-3 tie with the Cleveland Barons. John Sorrell scores twice and Tony Bukovich completes a third-period rally with 1:19 left.
Happy birthday to …
Wayne Muloin: Center who played eight games for the Capitols in 1963, going scoreless with the team in Indy. He continued with the team after it moved to Cincinnati and had four goals, 11 assists and 169 penalty minutes in 69 games. Muloin was in his third pro season, and earned a brief callup to the Red Wings in 1963-64. He would not return to the NHL until 1969-70, when he played two full seasons with the Oakland/California Golden Seals. He was dealt to the North Stars in 1970, then jumped to the WHA in 1972 and played four WHA seasons, nearly all with the Cleveland Crusaders. He finished with the Edmonton Oilers in 1976, and played one minor-league season in 1977 before retiring after a 17-year career. He played 405 games in the NHL/WHA, with 13 goals, 64 assists and 271 penalty minutes. A native of Dryden, Ont., he is 75.