February 3 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: Capital Jim Conacher scoers with 43 seconds left to cap a hat trick and a five-point game in a 5-5 tie against New Haven. Conacher has three goals and two assists in a five-goal third period for the Caps. Pete Leswick has a goal and four assists, and Tony Bukovich scores the other goal.
1951: Marcel Pronovost has three assists as the Caps tie Cleveland 3-3. Gordon Haidy adds a goal and an assist. The Caps fire 49 shots at Barons goaltender Johnny Bower.
1957: Bob Bowness has a goal and three assists as the Chiefs beat Fort Wayne 5-1. Frank Kuzma scores a hat trick, with three consecutive goals in 4:27 of the third period.
1978: Claude St. Sauveur scores his second goal of the game at 5:26 of overtime to give the Racers a 5-4 win over the Quebec Nordiques. Ray Adduono adds a goal and an assist. Peter Driscoll has assists on both of St. Sauveur’s goals. The win snaps a four-game skid.
1991: Mike Stapleton scores with 29 seconds to go in regulation to tie the Peoria Rivermen 3-3. He and Keith Miller then feed Brian Noonan for the game-winner 1:51 into OT in a 4-3 win in Carver Arena. Mike McNeill has a goal and two assists for the Ice.
2001: The Ice set a CHL record with 14,289 attendees at Conseco Fieldhouse as they beat Fayetteville 7-2.
2007: A Pack the House Night crowd of 13,067 fills Conseco Fieldhouse, but the Ice fall 7-5 to Green Bay despite two goals and an assist from Gregory Squires.
2010: Anthony Bitetto starts a team-record five-point game with a goal 37 seconds into a 5-1 win over Youngstown in a rare morning game at Covelli Centre. Bitetto also scores late in the second period and assists on goals by Max Cook, Nick Bailen and Kevin Goumas.
Happy birthday to …
Marcel Goyette: Defenseman who played for the Chiefs at the end of the 1960-61 season, and again in 1961-62. He had 11 goals and 40 assists in the two seasons, as well as over 200 PIM. Goyette played professionally from 1955-69, nearly all in the IHL, including five seasons in Port Huron. A native of Montreal, he was born in 1934.
Tony Horacek: Left wing for the Ice in 1988-89, and again from 1992-95. “Horse” was a seventh-round pick of the Flyers in 1985, and played his first full pro season with the Ice in 1988-89, where he had 11 goals, 13 assists and 138 PIM in 43 games. He matriculated to Philadelphia the following year, and was dealt to the Blackhawks organization in 1991-92. In his second stint, he split time between Chicago and Indianapolis, playing 86 games with the Ice and tallying 14 goals and 27 assists, as well as 292 penalty minutes. In total, he played 129 games in Indy, with 25 goals and 40 assists and 430 PIM. Horacek also played 154 NHL games with the Blackhawks and Flyers, with 10 goals and 316 PIM. He played his last NHL game in 1994-95, and played three seasons in the AHL & IHL before retiring in the 1997-98 season. He is currently in Pennsylvania and has coached youth and college hockey. A native of Vancouver, he is 50.
Duncan MacPherson: Ice defenseman in 1988-89. A former first-round pick of the Islanders in 1984, he played three minor pro seasons in the Isles’ organization in Springfield, and finished the season with the Ice in 1988-89 with a goal and four assists in 33 games. A native of Saskatoon, Sask., he is 51.
Frantisek Kucera: Ice defenseman from 1990-92. He had nine goals and 21 assists in 42 games. He also had an assist in seven playoff games with the Ice in 1991. A fourth-round pick of the Blackhawks in 1986, he broke into North American hockey in the 1990-91 season and had 27 points in 35 games with the Ice, and 14 points in 40 games with the Blackhawks. He became a largely full-time NHL player through 1996, returned to the Czech Republic to play three seasons from 1997-2000, then came back to North America to play two NHL seasons, and returned to the Czech Republic in 2002 before retiring in 2005. He played 465 NHL games with the Blackhawks, Whalers, Canucks, Flyers, Blue Jackets, Penguins and Capitals from 1990-2002. He played for the gold-medal winning 1998 Czech Republic team in the Winter Olympics. A native of Prague, Czechoslovakia, he is 49.
Jason Muzzatti: Ice goaltender in 1992-93. In 12 games, he was 5-6-1 with a 4.07 GAA. He was a first-round pick of the Flames in 1988, and had also played for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles and later the Saint John Flames in the Calgary organization. In 2006, he played for Italy in the Winter Olympics, as he holds dual Canadian and Italian citizenship. He played 62 NHL games from 1993-98 for the Flames, Whalers, Rangers and Sharks, with a record of 13-25-10 and a 3.32 GAA. In 1998, he went to Europe and played several seasons before returning to finish his career with the UHL Flint Generals in 2006-07, his 16th pro season. He also coached the Generals after retiring as a player. He and goaltender Ryan Miller run a hockey camp together called Just Goalies. A native of Toronto, he is 47.
Keith Carney: Ice defenseman in 1993-94. He was a fourth-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 1988 and spent his first two professional seasons in the Sabres’ organization. He came to the Blackhawks’ organization – and the Ice – in 1993-94. He played 28 games and had 14 assists with Indy before being called up to Chicago, and went from there to a long NHL career. He played 1,018 NHL games between 1991-2008 with the Sabres, Blackhawks, Coyotes, Ducks, Canucks and Wild, with 45 goals and 183 assists, as well as 904 PIM. Carney also represented the United States in the 1998 Winter Olympics. He became the oldest defenseman to score an NHL playoff overtime goal in 2008, his final NHL season. He is currently the Player Development Coach and a scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. A native of Providence, RI, he is 47.
Steve McLaren: Ice left wing from 1995-98. A fourth-round pick of the Blackhawks in 1994, he played his first three full pro seasons with the Ice. He played 178 games in Indy, with six goals and 12 assists. Known for his toughness as a player and filling the role of enforcer, he also tallied 687 penalty minutes. He also played 12 playoff games, with 36 PIM. He went to the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1998 and played in the AHL through 2005 in Philadelphia, Worcester and Springfield. He also played six NHL games with the St. Louis Blues in 2003-04. A native of Owen Sound, Ont., he is 42.
Tomas Klempa: Ice forward in 2004-05. He was the leading scorer for the inaugural Indiana Ice team, with 25 goals and 27 assists in 56 games. He also had five goals and an assist in three playoff games that year. He went from his Ice career to a high-scoring four-year career at Nebraska-Omaha, where he had 42 goals and 56 games in 150 college games. Klempa played five full pro seasons in North America, including four straight 20-goal seasons, with a high of 28 goals in 2011-12 and 63 points in 2010-11 with Rio Grande Valley in the CHL. In 2014-15, he went to Europe and played for Piestany SHK 37 in Slovakia. A native of Prestany, Slovakia, he is 33.
Joe Sullivan: Ice forward in 2013-14. He had six goals and 16 assists in 58 games, and also had two goals and two assists in 12 playoff games en route to the Clark Cup title. He is currently a junior at St. Lawrence University, where he tallied 30 points in his first two seasons. A native of Las Vegas, he is 23.