February 21 in Indianapolis hockey history
1942: For the second straight game, a Capital nets a hat trick. This time, it’s Les Douglas doing the honors in a 7-5 win at Springfield, coming two nights after Connie Brown’s four-goal game.
1959: Claude Vinet has two goals and two assists as the Chiefs beat the Troy Bruins 6-3 in front of a franchise-record 8,121 fans at the Coliseum. Alex Viskelis adds a goal and two assists.
1975: The Racers launch 49 shots at the Minnesota Fighting Saints in a 5-2 victory.
1981: Rob Holland – on loan from the Penguins – makes his first appearance for the Checkers and gets the win in relief of Roland Melanson as the Checkers beat the Wichita Wind and Andy Moog 3-2. Garth MacGuigan scores the winner by potting his own rebound in the second. Holland would be a fixture between the pipes for the Checkers for the next five seasons.
Happy birthday to …
Jake Forbes: Capitals defenseman from 1943-46. He began his pro career in Indy, and played 60 games with the Caps – all but three in the 1944-45 season. He had seven goals and nine assists. He was also scoreless in five playoff games. He played much of his career with the Red Wings’ “AA” farm club in Omaha, where he played through 1951, and then had several stops on the West Coast and in St. Louis in the AHL. A native of Toronto, he was born in 1925.
Kory Cooper: Ice goaltender in 1997-98. He posted a 2-3-0 record with a 4.49 GAA in six games with the Ice. He played in nine pro seasons in the AHL, IHL, ECHL, UHL, WCHL and CHL from 1996-2005. Cooper was named the outstanding goaltender of the WPHL in 1999. Since retiring, he has been an assistant coach, primarily in the OHL. This year, he is the Ottawa Senators’ goaltending consultant. A native of Winslow, PEI, he is 40.