December 25 in Indianapolis hockey history
1939: Ron Hudson scores a hat trick as the Capitals beat Cleveland 5-2 at the Coliseum.
1943: Carl Smith, John Sorrell and Alex Ritson score 1:28 apart in the first period to give the Caps a 3-0 lead in an eventual 6-4 win over the Cleveland Barons.
1944: The Capitals extend their unbeaten streak to eight games – a 5-0-3 stretch – with a 6-4 win in Cleveland. Harry Lumley makes 44 saves and Winky Smith scores twice. Player-coach John Sorrell has three assists, and Hy Buller a goal and an assist in the game.
Happy birthday to …
Steve Wochy: Right wing for the Capitals from 1944-47. In 87 games, he had 35 goals and 44 assists. He was dealt to the Philadelphia Rockets in 1947, and continued a run of eight straight 20-goal seasons in the AHL with Cleveland and Buffalo. That run began with a 21-goal year with the Caps in 1946-47. His best year came in 1951-52, when he had 37 goals and 78 points with the Cleveland Barons. He retired in 1955, his 11th pro season. He played 54 NHL games — scoring 19 goals and 39 points in 49 games with the Red Wings in 1944-45, and playing five scoreless games in 1946-47. His given name is Steve Wojciechowski, but he shortened it to Steve Wochy as a player. He settled in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. after retiring as a player. A native of Fort William, Ont., he is 94.