February 22 in Indianapolis hockey history
1948: The Capitals explode with eight goals in an 8-5 win over Springfield at the Coliseum, in front of 8,162 fans. Doug McKay has a hat trick, Cliff Simpson adds two goals and three assists, Fern Gauthier has two goals and two assist and Ed Bruneteau has three assists. The win brings the Caps within six points of Buffalo for the final playoff spot.
1949: The Capitals beat Washington 10-2, continuing a 15-2-3 stretch that has put them in first place in the AHL’s West Division. Don Morrison has two goals and three assists, and Rod Morrison two goals and two assists. Terry Sawchuk outduels Lou Crowdis in net.
1981: Garth MacGuigan nets his 30th goal as the Checkers beat Tulsa 4-3. Alex Pirus and Dave Cameron each have a goal and an assist in the win – with Pirus potting the winner on a rebound from Cameron’s long shot. The Checkers’ 12th straight victory is a CHL record, and gives them a 34-23-4 record.
1984: Kelly Hrudey comes to Indianapolis for a brief two-week conditioning assignment from the Islanders, and gets a lot of work in his first game. He makes 48 saves as the Checkers beat Salt Lake 6-2. Garth MacGuigan has two goals and Ron Handy a goal and an assist in the game for the Checkers, who are outshot 50-23.
2002: Jamie Morris records his third shutout of the year, making 47 saves in a 5-0 win at Amaraillo. Kevin Popp’s goal is the game-winner.
2008: Patrick Cullen and Will MacDonald score goals 32 seconds apart in the first period of a 2-1 Ice win in Cedar Rapids. Scott Darling turns aside 41 shots to preserve the win.
Happy birthday to …
Sid Abel: One of the great players in hockey history, Abel played 21 games for the Caps in the 1939-40 season – his second pro year. He had seven goals and 11 assists in Indy before heading back to Detroit, where he would become a mainstay. Abel had an NHL career that spanned 1938-43, and picked up again after WWII ended in 1945 and continued through 1954. He was the NHL’s MVP in 1949, when he had 54 points in 60 games. Abel won the Stanley Cup with the Wings in 1943, 1950 and 1952. He played his last season and change in Chicago. He, Ted Lindsay and Gordie Howe formed the Red Wings’ famed “Production Line” from 1947-52. He was twice named a first-team, and twice a second-team All-Star by the NHL, honors spanning a decade (1941, 1948, 1949 and 1951). When Abel was traded to Chicago, he was the Blackhawks’ player-coach, the last full-time player-coach in NHL history. He coached Chicago for two seasons, then became the Red Wings’ head coach from 1957-70, coaching in four Stanley Cup Finals. He also served as the coach of the St. Louis Blues, and briefly, the Kansas City Scouts. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. While he wore several numbers with the Red Wings, his number 12 is in the rafters at Joe Louis Arena. A native of Melville, Sask., he was born in 1918. He passed away in 2000 at age 81.
Jerry Lamoureux: Chiefs center from 1956-58, and again from 1960-62. In 83 games in Indy, Jerry had 19 goals and 32 assists. He also had a point in the 1957 Turner Cup Playoffs, a year in which the Chiefs advanced to the finals. He played primarily in the Eastern Hockey League through 1967, and again from 1971-75, mostly on Long Island. A native of London, England, he was born in 1930.
Glen Duncan: Checkers left wing from 1980-83. A fifth-round pick of the Islanders in 1979, Duncan played 213 games with the Checkers, tallying 72 goals and 91 assists. He also had 14 goals and 12 assists in 31 playoff games with the Checkers. He was part of the 1982 and 1983 Adams Cup champs, tallying 15 points in the 13-game 1983 title run, including a hat trick in the clinching game in 1983. Outside of five games for the Isles’ “AA” affiliate in Fort Wayne in 1980-81, Duncan’s pro hockey career spanned his days with the Checkers. He has coached youth hockey in Toronto since his playing days. A native of Burlington, Ont., he is 57.
Patrick Boileau: Ice defenseman in 1998-99. He had eight goals and 13 assists in 29 games, and added an assist in four playoff games. A third-round pick of the Capitals in 1993, Boileau split time between the IHL/AHL and NHL from 1995-2004, playing 48 NHL games for Washington, Detroit and Pittsburgh. After the lockout, he played in Switzerland, Germany and Quebec before retiring in 2008. A native of Montreal, he is 42.
Jamie Ling: Center who played one game for the Ice in 1998-99, tallying an assist. A Notre Dame graduate, Ling played professionally for several teams from 1996-2003, primarily in Dayton, where he was a consistent 20-goal scorer for the ECHL’s Bombers from 1998-2003. Upon retirement, he became the Bombers’ head coach. A native of Charlottetown, PEI, he is 44.
Garrett Roe: Ice left wing from 2004-07. He played 155 games with the team, tallying 51 goals and 86 assists. He also had six goals and 13 assists in 11 playoff games – including a 3-10-13 line in the six-game 2007 playoff run to the USHL semifinals. Roe was a big scorer at St. Cloud State from 2007-11, where he had 178 points in 156 games. A 2008 seventh-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, played two AHL seasons with the Adirondack Phantoms from 2011-13, and has since played in Europe. He is currently playing in Sweden with Linkopings HC. A native of Vienna, Va., he is 29.
Jordan Ruby: Goaltender for the Indy Fuel in 2015-16. He appeared in one game in relief. He currently plays in the SPHL with the Macon Mayhem. Ruby played four collegiate seasons at Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating in 2015. A native of Tavistock, Ont., he is 27.
Paxton Leroux: Forward who played one game for the Indy Fuel in 2016-17. Leroux was a third-year pro who had a goal and four assists in 75 games with Quad City, Wichita and Indy. A native of Peterborough, Ontario, he is 24.