April 6 in Indianapolis hockey history
1975: Michel Dion makes his first start for the Racers, falling 4-3 to Vancouver despite making 34 saves. Bob Sicinski has a goal and two assists in the game. The Racers conclude their first season with a record of 18-57-3.
1976: The Racers clinch the WHA’s East Division title when the Cleveland Crusaders fall to the San Diego Mariners. Two days earlier, the Racers had beaten New England 4-2 in Hartford to put themselves in first place and finish the season with a 12-4-4 run.
1977: The Racers close out a successful regular season with a 7-3 loss in Phoenix. They finish the year 36-37-8 and clinch a playoff berth for the second straight year. Bob Sicinski (G/A) and Darryl Maggs (2A) have two-point games in the loss.
1982: The Checkers open their first Adams Cup championship run with a 7-0 whitewashing of the Tulsa Oilers at the Coliseum. Kelly Davis scored twice. Dave Simpson had two assists. Kelly Hrudey made 37 saves.
1984: The Checkers open the Adams Cup playoffs against the heavily-favored Colorado Flames, and fall 5-3 in the first game.
1991: Dan Vincelette has a hat trick, with Martin Desjardins assisting on three goals as the Ice beat Phoenix 6-5 in a shootout. Sean Williams scores the shootout goal. Vincelette scored a shorthanded goal with 3:25 left to get the Ice back in it, and Brian Noonan’s 37th goal tied it up with 41 seconds left.
2006: Gary Steffes scores at 3:27 of overtime to give Cedar Rapids a 3-2 win over the Ice and even their best-of-5 playoff series at two games each. Garrett Roe scores twice for the Ice, including an unassisted shorthanded goal in the first period.
Happy birthday to …
Darryl Maggs: Defenseman who played 167 games for the Racers from 1975-78. He joined the team midway through the 1975-76 season and had 21 points as the Racers won their first division title. His best season came the following year, when he had 16 goals and 55 assists to lead the Racers into the playoffs again. He had 27 goals and 86 assists in his Racers career, as well as two goals and four assists in 16 playoff games. Maggs played nine years of major pro hockey from 1971-80, with Chicago, California and Toronto in the NHL, and Chicago, Indianapolis, Denver and Cincinnati in the WHA. He played 537 NHL/WHA games, with 66 goals and 196 assists. A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he is 70. In retirement, he has settled in Colorado Springs.
Gerald Diduck: Defenseman who joined the Checkers for the 1984 playoffs and made an immediate impact, with a goal and six assists as the Checkers made a surprise run to the Adams Cup Finals. It was the start of a professional career that would span 18 seasons and feature 932 NHL games. He had 56 goals and 212 points with the Islanders, Canadiens, Canucks, Blackhawks, Whalers, Coyotes, Maple Leafs and Stars. He played in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final with Vancouver. He was the Islanders’ first-round pick in 1983. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, he currently resides in Dallas. Diduck is 52.
Trevor Halverson: Left wing who played 12 games for the Ice — and five playoff games — in 1995-96. He had one assist in that span. Halverson played parts of eight seasons professionally, including 17 games with the Washington Capitals in 1998-99, his final year. He was the Caps’ first-round pick in 1991. A native of White River, Ontario, he is 46.
Ryan Risidore: Defenseman who played 75 games for the Ice in 1997-98, with three goals, eight assists and 123 PIMs. He also had an assist in four playoff games. It was the second of eight pro seasons for Risidore, who also played in the AHL, ECHL and in Britain. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, he is 41.
Alex Gacek: Forward who played seven games for the Ice in 2010-11 before being dealt to Youngstown. He had an assist with the Ice, and played two years in the USHL, with 13 goals and 39 points, and finished his NCAA career at Miami University, where he had 16 goals and 30 assists in four seasons from 2012-16. He is currently a rookie in the ECHL playing for the Atlanta Gladiators. He has also played for South Carolina and Orlando and has tallied 25 goals in his first pro season. A native of Dracut, Mass., he is 24.