February 28 in Indianapolis hockey history
1962: The Indianapolis crowd turns on the Chiefs and starts taunting the home team when Muskegon scores six third-period goals. The Chiefs had led 4-0 after a period, but lost 7-4 . Things would get worse – the Chiefs would lose to the Mohawks 14-5 the next day, part of an eight-game losing streak
1976: The famed Kim Clackson-Nick Fotiu fight takes place in Hartford. With the Racers down 2-1, Clackson tangles with, and beats Fotiu in a fight made legendary by Bob Lamey?s description and immortalized on the Racers? 45rpm record released that year. The Racers rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie the game on goals by Blair MacDonald and Rene Leclerc, the last coming with 80 seconds left in regulation. The tie launches the Racers on a run that would eventually win the division.
1995: Daniel Gauthier has three assists in a 4-2 win over San Diego at MSA. Steve Dubinsky scores twice. Andy MacIntyre and Hugo Belanger each have a goal and an assist.
1996: Eric Lecompte and Mike Prokopec score 13 seconds apart, giving the Ice a 2-0 lead 2:50 into the game against Fort Wayne. Despite a Komets goal five minutes later, Jim Waite makes 29 saves to make it stand up in a 2-1 win. The two goals are three seconds off the club record.
1998: Todd White has a big day, scoring the Ice’s first hat trick of the season and assisting on the other two goals in a 6-5 shootout win over Grand Rapids. His three goals were a natural hat trick, coming at 5:04, 10:01 and 11:18 of the second period, two of which came on the power play. He assisted on Brian Felsner’s goal 12 seconds into the game — a club record — and Len Esau’s goal at 16:44 of the third that gave the Ice a brief 5-4 lead. Esau and Andy MacIntyre scored in the shootout to seal the win. Petri Varis added three assists in the game. The win came in front of 12,208 at MSA. It’s the first natural hat trick in club history.
2009: A crowd of 11,120 fills Conseco Fieldhouse for Pack the House Night, but the Ice fall 2-1 to Cedar Rapids. Mikael Owilli scores for the Ice.
2010: A Pack the House Night crowd of 11,092 sees the Ice beat Team USA 6-2. Max Cook has two goals and an assist in the game.
2014: In what would be a Clark Cup Final preview, the Ice dominate in a 6-2 victory over Waterloo at Pan Am Pavilion. Brian Pinho continues his hot streak with two goals. Vince Pedrie and Austin Kosack have two assists. Ryan Mantha, Scott Conway, Aidan Muir and Pinho give the Ice a 4-0 lead – Conway and Muir’s goals both come in the final 52 seconds of the first period. Tim Shoup later scores to make it 5-1 in the second.
Happy birthday to …
Barry Wilkins: Racers defenseman in 1977-78. He had two goals and 21 assists in 79 games. Wilkins was a longtime veteran of the NHL/WHA, playing 398 games in the NHL and 130 more in the WHA. He had 33 goals and 170 assists in his major pro career, playing for the Bruins, Canucks, Penguins, Oilers and Racers. He scored the first goal in Vancouver Canucks history in 1970. He retired in 1979 after spending his final pro season in the AHL. A native of Toronto, he was born in 1947. He passed away in 2011 at age 64.
Ryan McGill: Ice defenseman from 1989-92. The Blackhawks’ second-round pick in 1987, McGill had 29 goals and 76 assists in 180 games with the Ice, as well as 585 penalty minutes. He also had two goals and two assists, playing all 14 games of the Ice’s 1990 Turner Cup championship run. He also played nine games for the Blackhawks in 1991-92, and then was dealt to the Flyers’ organization mid-season. He played his last three seasons in the NHL for the Flyers and Oilers before retiring in 1995 after suffering an eye injury. He played 151 NHL games, with four goals, 15 assists and 391 PIM. Upon retirement, he became a coach in the WHL, AHL – where he was the head coach in Hartford, Omaha and Quad City for seven seasons – and NHL (assistant coach for the Calgary Flames for two years). He returned to the WHL in 2012 for three years with the Kootenay Ice, and is currently the head coach of the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, he is 48.
Ryan VandenBussche: Right wing who played 37 games for the Ice from 1997-99, with four goals, 11 assists and 134 PIM. VandenBussche played 310 NHL games during a long pro career that spanned 1993-2007, with 10 goals, 10 assists and 702 PIM. Drafted in the eighth round by Toronto in 1992, VandenBussche matriculated to the NHL in 1996-97 with the Rangers, and has also played for the Blackhawks and Penguins through 2006. He was a noted fighter. He finished his career in 2006-07 in Finland and in the CHL. He spent the majority of his NHL career in Chicago. He has since returned to his hometown and is a real estate agent. A native of Simcoe, Ont., he is 44.
Milan Sejna: Defenseman who played nine games for the Ice in 2002-03. He played two seasons in North America from 2001-03, primarily in the UHL with Flint, Knoxville and Quad City. He also played in Europe after 2003. A native of Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, he is 39.
Jose Delgadillo: Ice defenseman in 2011-12. He had two goals and four assists in 28 games with the Ice, and also had two assists in six playoff games. Delgadillo played three USHL seasons with Sioux City and the Ice, and finished his career at Bowling Green in 2016. A native of Milwaukee, Wis., he is 25.
Nick Bruneteau: Fuel defenseman in 2014-15. Bruneteau came to the Fuel in the summer of 2014 via a trade from Reading, and is one of several Vermont alumni to suit up for the Fuel. He had nine goals and 49 assists in 144 games at Vermont, and finished the 2013-14 season in Reading. He had three goals and 35 assists in his first pro season with the Fuel, leading the team in assists. Bruneteau is currently playing in Germany. His the fourth Bruneteau to suit up for an Indy team – his grandfather Ed Bruneteau and great-uncle Modere “Mud” Bruneteau played for the Capitals, and his older brother Brett Bruneteau played for the Indiana Ice. A native of Omaha, Neb., he is 25.