May 8 in Indianapolis hockey history
2009: The Ice clinch the Clark Cup championship with an emphatic 5-1 win in Fargo. Shane Berschbach ties the game at 8:36 of the second, and Brandon Richardson scores the eventual championship-winner at 14:08 of the period. Richardson adds a power play goal 2:21 into the third – all three goals assisted by playoff leading scorer Mike Cichy. Grant Blakey and Zach Golombiewski add insurance tallies to start the party. The Ice dominate the final, outscoring Fargo 17-5 over the four games. Cichy was named playoff MVP after tallying 25 points in 13 postseason games.
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Cully Simon: Defenseman who played a partial season for the Capitals in 1942-43. He played 130 NHL games, all during WWII, with the Red Wings, tallying 15 points. He won the Stanley Cup in 1943, being called up to Detroit mid-season. A native of Brockville, Ont., he was born in 1918. He passed away in 1980.
Pierre Brillant: One of the most prolific scorers in Indianapolis hockey history, he is the only player who has suited up in Indianapolis to score 200 goals for an Indy-based team. He netted 204 goals for the Chiefs between 1956-61, playing 278 games. His 365 points are third-most on the Indy professional scoring list, and his 161 assists are eighth-most. He was the IHL’s MVP in both 1956-57 and 1957-58. He had 79 points and 38 goals in the first year, leading the league. He followed it up with a 45-gal, 71-point season in 1957-58, later leading the Chiefs to the Turner Cup title that season. He scored 57 goals and 98 points in 1958-59, and 50 goals and 87 points in 1959-60. He was dealt to Omaha for Bep Guidolin in the middle of the 1960-61 season, and played eight more seasons in the AHL, and 10 more pro seasons before retiring in 1970. A native of Rimouski, Quebec, he was born in 1932.
Zach Miskovic: The Indy Fuel’s captain from 2015-17. The defensemen joined the team after playing six seasons in the AHL with Hershey, Chicago, San Antonio, Rockford and Iowa – and a brief ECHL stint in Cincinnati. Miskovic had a career-high nine goals to go along with 13 assists in 63 games in 2015-16 with the Fuel. In 114 games with Indy, he has 11 goals and 25 assists. His pro career began after a four-year college career at St. Lawrence from 2005-09. Miskovic finished the 2015-16 season with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, where he tallied four points. A native of River Forest, Ill., he is 32.