January 3 in Indianapolis hockey history
1961: In a highly-controversial move, Pierre Brilant is traded to Omaha for Bep Guidolin. The most prolific scorer in Chiefs history, Brillant tallied 204 goals and 181 assists in four and a half years with the team. In his first game after being traded, he will score the game-winner for the Knights in a 2-1 victory over the Chiefs on Jan. 7.
1980: A crowd of 5,693 sees the Checkers tie the U.S. Olympic Team 2-2. Alex McKendry and Yvon Vautour score goals for the Checkers. Steve Christoff scores both goals for Team USA, which would win the Olympic gold medal in the famed Miracle on Ice the next month. Richard Brodeur makes 45 saves for the Checkers. Steve Janaszak stops 24 Checkers shots.
1981: Michel Dion is loaned to the Checkers from the Quebec Nordiques and steps between the pipes for an Indianapolis team for the first time since his Racers days ended. However, he and the Checkers drop a 5-1 decision in Tulsa.
1997: Dave Chyzowski pots a hat trick, his second of the season, as the Ice throttle Grand Rapids 6-2. Indy trailed 2-0 after one, but pumped in four second-period goals. Brad Werenka scored the game-winner and added two assists. Werekna’s goal at 19:11 of the second made it a 3-2 game. Ryan Huska followed with another goal at 19:34. Chyzowski added two in the third period.
2003: Shawn Silver blanks Wichita 5-0, needing to make only 16 saves. Bryce Classen gives the Ice all the offense they need.
Happy birthday to …
Marc LaForge: Defenseman who played for two different Ice teams at the bookends of his career. He began his pro career in 1988-89 with 14 games for the IHL Ice, posting two assists and 138 penalty minutes. In 2000-01, he returned to Indy with the CHL Ice, with a goal, five assists and 175 penalty minutes in 49 games, which completed his pro career. In-between, LaForge had a strong 13-year career, primarily in the IHL, where he played for Salt Lake, Minnesota/Manitoba and San Antonio, and the AHL, where he played several seasons for the Cape Breton Oilers (and a brief year with the Syracuse Crunch). He also played in the WCHL and CHL before coming back to Indy. He also played 14 NHL games for the Hartford Whalers and Edmonton Oilers. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he is 49.
Aigars Mironovics: Defenseman who played 34 games for the Ice in 2000-01. He had three goals and three assists. He played four minor pro seasons in North America in the WCHL (Tuscon, Bakersfield, San Diego), WPHL (San Angelo) and CHL (Huntsville, Macon, Indy) from 1997-2001. He also played in Europe after 2001. A native of Riga, Latvia, he is 41.
Adam Baughman: Defenseman who played one game for the Ice in 2012-13. He is currently a sophomore playing for Harvard, where he has five points in 20 games. A native of Chicago, he is 21.
Josh Brittain: Fuel forward in 2015-16. Brittain was a third-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2008, and played professionally in the AHL with Syracuse, Norfolk and Hershey and in the ECHL with Elmira, Fort Wayne, Reading, Kalamazoo, Missouri and Ontario before joining the Fuel. He had four goals and three assists in 24 games for the Fuel in 2015-16. He has played this season with the Norfolk Admirals. A native of Milton, Ontario, he is 27.