January 1 in Indianapolis hockey history
1950: The new decade is rung in well by Terry Sawchuk, who makes 15 saves for his third shutout of the season – and fifth as a Capital – in a 3-0 win over St. Louis. Fred Glover scores twice for the Caps, to the delight of 9,187 at the Coliseum. It’s the last of 28 regular-season shutouts put up by Capitals goaltenders.
2000: The turn of the calendar begins a new era for the CHL Indianapolis Ice. After a 12-17-2 start to the year, the Ice beat Topeka 3-2 in a shootout, launching a seven-game winning streak that would vault them into playoff position. A big finish would lead them to a Miron Cup title.
2003: Back-to-back hat tricks for the Ice. This time, Jared Dumba scores one in a 6-2 win at Oklahoma City, one night after Etienne Morin scored a hat trick.
Happy birthday to …
Calum MacKay: Winger for the Capitals from 1947-50. He had 50 goals and 69 assists in 115 games with the Caps. He also appeared in two playoff games in 1949. He had a 26-goal, 74-point season in 1948-49. MacKay was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens during the 1949-50 season, for whom he played all but six of his 237 NHL games through 1955. He was part of the 1953 Stanley Cup championship team. He had 105 NHL points. A native of Toronto, he was born in 1927. He passed away in 2001 at age 74.
Owen Lessard: Left wing for the Ice from 1990-93. In 115 games with the team, he tallied 11 goals and 16 assists, as well as 107 penalty minutes. He also appeared in one playoff game in 1991. The Blackhawks’ ninth-round pick in 1990, Lessard played only one more full minor pro season in North America — 61 games for the ECHL Huntington Blizzard in 1996-97, where he tallied 44 points. He also has played in Europe. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he is 47.
Arvid Rekis: Defenseman who joined the Ice on an amateur tryout in the 2000 Miron Cup championship playoff run, suiting up in four games. Rekis played in the ECHL and AHL through 2003 with Peoria and Worcester in the Blues organization, then moved to Europe where he has been a steady defenseman in Germany through 2010, in the KHL from 2010-14 for Dynamo Riga, and most recently, for the Augsburg Panthers in Germany, for whom he currently plays. Rekis has represented Latvia several times in the World Championships, and in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. A native of Jurmala, Latvia, he is 38.
David Jesiolowski: Ice right wing in 2000-01, where he had four goals, 11 assists and 189 penalty minutes in 38 games. He also suited up in three playoff games that season. He played six minor pro seasons from 1996-2002 in the ECHL, WPHL, CHL and UHL, as well as four games for the AHL Providence Bruins in 1998-99. Jesiolowski’s best year came in 1998-99, where he had 45 points playing for Rod Davidson for WPHL Alexandria. A native of Edmonton, he is 43.
Eddie Levens: Defenseman for the Ice in 2006-07. He had two goals and five assists in 46 games. He left hockey after that season to tend to his family’s business in Florida, but returned after skating in an open tryout and eventually making the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears in 2012. He played 36 games for the Solar Bears and tallied four professional points. Born in Palos Hills, Ill. and a native of Windmere, Fla., he is 30.