January 26 in Indianapolis hockey history
1950: Pat Lundy has his second straight four-plus-point game, with a goal and three assists in a 4-3 win over Springfield. Fred Glover pots the game-winner. Terry Sawchuk returns for the Caps after spending three weeks with the Red Wings and makes 45 saves to seal the victory.
1958: Pierre Brillant and Bob Bowness each tally hat tricks in a 7-2 Chiefs win over Toledo. It’s the first double-hat trick in Chiefs history, and Bowness’ second hat trick in three nights, both against the Mercurys. Coach Leo Lamoureux calls the win the Chiefs’ “Best game of the season” as it movse them into third place.
1980: Jim Park makes 14 saves for his first Checkers shutout, blanking the Tulsa Oilers 2-0. Yvon Vautour scores the game-winner.
2002: The Ice’s Leon Delorme records a regular season team-record 37 penalty minutes in a loss to Memphis.
2007: Eric Olimb has a four-point first period for the Ice as they beat Des Moines 5-3. He scores 2:07 into the game, assists on Gregory Squires’ shorthanded tally at 4:25, and then tallies a power play goal and assists on one by Ron Cramer later in the period. Garrett Roe also has a goal and two assists in the win in a penalty-filled game – the teams combined for 98 PIM.
2008: Gregory Squires scores 32 seconds into OT to give the Ice a 4-3 win over Des Moines and back-to-back OT wins over the Buccaneers. The Ice won 5-4 in a shootout the night before. John Kemp has two assists and Nick Bailen a goal and an assist in the game. Patrick Cullen scores the tying goal with 3:47 left. It’s the seventh OT/SO game for the Ice in their last eight outings.
Happy birthday to …
Vic Lynn: Left wing for the Capitals in 1943-44. He had four goals and five assists in 32 games with the team that season. Notorious for his exceptional speed, Lynn would go on to a long career splitting time between the NHL and AHL through 1954, and in the WHL through 1959. He played 327 NHL games, and played with all six Original Six franchises, with 49 goals and 76 assists. He is the only player to have played for all six of the Original Six teams. He won three Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs from 1947-49, playing on the “KLM” line with Hall of Famers Ted Kennedy and Howie Meeker. A native of Saskatoon, he was born in 1925, and passed away in 2010 at age 85.
Wayne Gretzky: The most celebrated player to have played in Indy – and in hockey. Simply put, “The Great One” rewrote the NHL’s record books during his 21-year professional career, which began as a 17-year-old in Indianapolis and ended, fittingly, in 1999. Gretzky played the first eight games of his long major league career for the Indianapolis Racers in 1978, tallying three goals and three assists. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in a controversial move early in that season, and went on to have a big year with the team, including 20 playoff points to lead the Oilers to the WHA Avco World Trophy Finals, where they lost to the Winnipeg Jets. He had 110 points and was the WHA’s Rookie of the Year. The next year, he had 137 points with the Oilers as they transitioned into the NHL, and Gretzky began to shatter the NHL’s record books. He had 164 points in 1980-81, then an unbelievable 92-goal, 212-point season the following year, followed by 196, 205, 218 and 215 points the next four seasons. He was the centerpiece of a dynasty in Edmonton that won four Stanley Cups and made five Finals appearances from 1983-88. In 1988, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, whom he led to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993 with 40 points in 24 playoff games. Gretzky continued to play for the Kings, Blues and Rangers before his retirement. In his NHL/WHA career, he played 1,567 major pro games, had 940 goals (a record 894 in the NHL), 2,027 assists (a record 1,963 in the NHL) and 2,967 points (2,857 in the NHL, also a record). He played 221 playoff games across the two leagues, with 132 goals and 270 assists. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame immediately upon retirement and his number 99 was retired across the NHL. When he retired, he held 61 NHL records. He was the NHL’s MVP nine times, the leading scorer 10 times, a five-time Lady Byng Trophy winner, and a two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP. A native of Brantford, Ont., he is 56.
Dean Malkoc: Ice defenseman in 1994-95. He had a goal and three assists in 63 games, as well as 193 PIM. A fifth-round pick of the Devils in 1990, he played three full seasons in the New Jersey organization before coming to the Ice. The next year, he made the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, and played 116 NHL games with the Canucks, Bruins and Islanders. He continued to play through the mid-2000s in Europe. Malkoc is currently a scout for the Boston Bruins. A native of Vancouver, he is 47.
Jason Selleke: Right wing for the Ice from 2000-02, and again in 2003-04. He had 48 goals and 69 assists in 195 games, including 22 goals in 2001-02. He also had 376 PIM, and had two goals and two assists in eight playoff games. The former Ohio State Buckeye played 10 seasons of minor pro hockey, from 2000-2010, all in the UHL/IHL or CHL, with the exception of one season in Italy. A native of St. Clair Shores, Mich., he is 39.
Jarrett Thompson: Center who played three games for the Ice in the 2001 playoffs. He was scoreless in those contests. Thompson played three minor pro seasons in the ECHL, bookending a brief stint in Canadian college hockey. A native of Calgary, he is 37.
Eric Miller: Forward for the Ice for parts of three seasons from 2004-07. In 50 games, he had 12 goals and nine assists. He went on to play four years at Div. III Adrian College, where he had 89 goals and 114 assists in 105 career games. A native of Villa Hills, Ky., he is 31.
Jay Clark: Goaltender who played 11 games for the Ice in 2005-06. He went on to play four years at Army from 2007-11, compiling a 28-30-12 record and a 2.99 GAA. A native of Baudette, Minn., he is 30.