February 9 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: Syd Howe – NHL’s career scoring leader at the time – sent down to the Capitals for the rest of the season, along with Mud Bruneteau and Les Douglas. Howe has two assists in his first game, a 7-2 loss in Cleveland.
1947: Gerry Couture has a goal and four assists as the Capitals beat Clevland 9-5 in front of 9,747 at the Coliseum, taking three out of a possible four points in a back-to-back with the Barons.
1985: Rob Holland turns aside 25 Peoria shots to blank the Rivermen 3-0 for his third shutout of the season. Charlie Skjodt, Neal Coulter and Glen Johannesen score for the Checkers.
1993: Tony Hrkac records a four-point night for the second straight game with a goal and three assists. Brad Lauer scores twice – including the game-tying goal with 25 seconds left — and adds an assist. The Ice fall to Kansas City 6-5 in a shootout.
2007: John Kemp has a four-point game as the Ice beat Cedar Rapids 6-3. He has a goal and three assists. Garrett Roe has two goals and an assist in the win.
2008: T.J. Syner scores a hat trick for the Ice in a 5-1 win over Green Bay at the Coliseum. John Kemp assists on three goals and Jake Skjodt adds two assists. It’s the Ice’s sixth straight win.
2011: The Ice win a morning game in Youngstown 5-3 behind two goals each from Blake Coleman and Peter Schneider and three assists from Daniil Tarasov. Schneider adds an assist for a three-point game.
2014: Hayden Stewart posts back-to-back shutouts of Youngstown, this time making 34 saves in a 2-0 win at Covelli Centre. Patrick Newell’s power play goal stands up. Tyler Pham adds an empty-netter to seal it.
Happy birthday to …
Jacques Sylvestre: Checkers forward in 1983-84. He had 22 goals and 16 assists in 62 games and two goals and an assist in 10 playoff games for the Checkers that season. It was the only pro season for the Islanders’ 1981 fifth-round pick. A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, he is 54.
Jiri Poner: Checkers forward from 1984-86. In 29 games, he had three goals and 10 assists. He played those two minor pro seasons in North America – also playing for AHL Springfield and IHL Muskegon – and then played eight years in Germany before retiring in 1994. He was a fifth-round pick of the North Stars in 1984. A native of Pardubice, Czechoslovkia, he is 53.
Leon Delorme: Right wing for the Ice in 2001-02. He was scoreless and had 169 PIM in 26 games. He also played professionally from 1998-2003 for ECHL teams in Wheeling and Pensacola, and WCHL Bakersfield. He had triple-digit PIM in each of his pro seasons. A native of Flying Dust, Sask., he is 40.
Aaron Roberge: Ice center in 2004-05. He was scoreless in five games. He came to the Ice after playing three Major Junior seasons in the WHL, and went on to play two seasons in the BCHL, where he had 37 goals. He also played Canadian college hockey. A native of Post Falls, Idaho, he is 32.
Antti Roppo: Ice forward in 2009-10. In 59 games, he had 27 goals and 18 assists. He also had three goals and three assists in nine playoff games. Roppo played two years in Finland after his season with the Ice, scoring 12 goals. A native of Tampere, Finland, he is 28.
Terry Shafer; Fuel goaltender in 2015-16. He signed with the team after a four-year career at Robert Morris University, and played three games in Indy. He went 0-1-1 with a 3.84 GAA with the Fuel. A native of Penfield, N.Y. he is 26.