January 9 in Indianapolis hockey history
1941: The Capitals celebrate Herb Lewis Night at the Coliseum. The popular Caps coach is given a picnic set by the Union Chamber of Commerce. He scores a goal to the delight of the 4,556 in attendance as the Caps tie New Haven 3-3.
1946: Tom Wilson makes 29 saves to blank the Pittsburgh Hornets 4-0 in Earl Seibert’s debut as the Capitals coach. It’s Wilson’s second straight shutout. Les Douglas scores twice.
1949: Pat Lundy has four goals and an assist as the Capitals beat the Springfield Indians 11-1. Joe Lund has three assists in the win. It’s Lundy’s second hat trick in three nights.
1960: Chuck Adamson stops 15 shots to blank Milwaukee 4-0. Marcel Clements has a goal and an assist and Germain Leger two assists. Pierre Brillant scores the game-winner.
1976: Al Karlander assists on Reggie Thomas’ goal in the second, and then scores the game-winner 5:44 into OT just a minute after stepping out of the penalty box in a 2-1 victory in Winnipeg.
1981: Michel Dion makes his first start in Market Square Arena since leaving the Racers in 1977. He backstops a 6-5 overtime victory for the Checkers over the Tulsa Oilers. Dave Cameron scores the winner at 1:56 of the etra session, and has two goals and an assist in the game. Kevin Devine adds two goals.
1998: The Ice win a wild 4-1 game in Quebec. Brian Felsner breaks the ice 24 seconds into the second, and then Len Esau scores at the 2:59 mark. Todd White scores his 20th goal of the year on a penalty shot. At 10:07 of the third, a melee breaks out that sees both goalies – the Ice’s Marc Lamothe and Quebec’s Francois Deschenes – get game misconducts for leaving the crease.
2016: Fuel goaltender Shane Owen stops 32 Evansville shots to backstop a 3-0 shutout. Adam Lapsansky scores his first goal with the Fuel and Derek Roehl tallies twice, with a shorthanded and a power play goal.
Happy birthday to …
Dwayne Lowdermilk: Checkers defenseman in the 1979-80 season and briefly in 1980-81 before he was dealt to the Washington Capitals organization. A third-round pick of the Islanders in 1978, he played 84 games in Indy, with seven goals and 33 assists. He also had four points in seven playoff games in 1980. In 1980-81, he played two NHL games with the Capitals, with a goal and an assist. He retired in 1982 after playing four professional seasons. Lowdermilk has coached college hockey in British Columbia and is currently a cattle farmer in Langley, BC. A native of Burnaby, BC, he is 59.
Jim Koudys: Checkers center from 1984-86. He played 56 games for the blue and orange, with nine goals and 27 assists. He also had two goals and two assists in 12 playoff games with the team. A 12th-round pick of the Islanders in 1982, Koudys played three minor pro seasons in the IHL and AHL from 1984-87. His son Patrick played for the Indy Fuel in 2015-16. A native of Grimsby, Ont., he is 43.
Tim Hoover: Defenseman who played three games for the Ice in 1988-89. They were the final three games of a four-year minor pro career for the 1983 Buffalo Sabres ninth-round pick. A native of North Bay, Ont., he is 52.
David Ling: Ice forward at the end of the 1997-98 season. He had eight goals and six assists in 12 games, and also had four goals and an assist in five playoff games that season. Ling was drafted in the seventh round by the Quebec Nordiques in 1993, and he played 93 NHL games for Montreal and Columbus between 1997-2004. He spent much of his North American career in the AHL & IHL for several organizations, and moved to Europe in 2005. Ling played from 2005-14 in Russia, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Britain and two short stints in the AHL. In 2012-13, he was the MVP of the British hockey league after posting 88 points for Nottingham in 52 games. He was one of the last active former IHL Indianapolis Ice players, playing in Italy in 2013-14, then returning to North America to play for AHL Oklahoma City and ECHL Brampton in 2014-15, tallying 42 points as he celebrated his 40th birthday. He recently signed with the Brampton Beast again, and is one of two IHL Ice players still active in pro hockey – Dan Cleary is the other. A native of Halifax, NS, he is 42.
Justin Hocking: Ice defenseman in 1998-99. He had two goals, four assists and 111 PIM in 34 games. Chosen by the Kings in the second round of the 1992 NHL Draft, Hocking played eight full professional seasons from 1994-2002, including one NHL game with the Kings. He played primarily in the AHL during his career. A native of Stettler, Alberta, he is 43.
Chris Williams: Fuel defenseman in 2016-17. He was acquired in a trade early in the season. The blueliner tallied 12 points from 2012-16 at Alaska-Anchorage, and made his pro debut with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals in spring 2016. A native of Pottstown, Pa., he is 26.