May 12 in Indianapolis hockey history
1982: The Checkers’ championship celebration is put on hold, as they fall to the Dallas Black Hawks 5-2 in Game 5 of the Adams Cup Final. Red Laurence and Steve Stoyanovich score 1:44 apart in the third period to cut the deficit to one, but the Blackhawks scored two goals in 49 seconds later in the period to send the series to a sixth game.
1990: The Ice take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Turner Cup Final with a wild 5-4 overtime win in Muskegon. The Ice trail 4-1 midway through the third, but get quick goals from Mike Rucinski and Jari Torkki to close the deficit to one with 7:23 left. With 19 seconds left, Mike Stapleton converts on a penalty shot to tie the game, and Mike McNeill wins it at 11:40 of overtime. Darren Pang makes 29 saves for the win in goal, the final start of his professional hockey career. The Ice go 1-13 on the power play. Jim Playfair has two assists.
2000: The Ice bring the seventh hockey championship to Indianapolis with a 3-0 shutout of Columbus in Game 7 of the Miron Cup Finals. Blaz Emersic scores early in the first period to give the Ice a lead, and Jamie Morris’ second playoff shutout makes it stand up. The Ice win the title in their first year in the league, going 10-5 in the postseason. It’s the first title for an Indianapolis-based team since the IHL Ice won the Turner Cup championship 10 years before.
2007: The Ice suffer their lone loss of the 2007 playoffs, but it comes in a single-elimination semifinal to Sioux Falls by a 3-2 score. Jake Skjodt and Garrett Roe score power play goals in the opening two periods to give the Ice a 2-1 lead, but Sioux Falls’ Dan Sexton ties the game at 7:03 of the third, and Drew Fisher wins it at 4:47 of overtime. The Stampede would beat Waterloo for the Clark Cup the next day.
Happy birthday to …
Warren Rychel: Popular left wing for the Ice from 1989-91, he had 56 goals and 46 assists in 145 games for the black and silver. He also amassed 712 penalty minutes in those seasons. He was part of the 1990 Turner Cup championship team, playing all 14 playoff games and tallying four points. It would be his prowess in dropping the gloves that would earn him a long-term spot in the NHL, as he came up permanently with the 1992-93 Los Angeles Kings. That year, he had 13 points in 23 playoff games as the Kings advanced to the Stanley Cup Final — equaling his point production during the regular season. He played 406 NHL games with the Blackhawks, Kings, Maple Leafs, Avalanche and Ducks during a pro career that lasted from 1987-99. He had 38 goals and 1,422 penalty minutes in those seasons. He is currently the part-owner of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires. A native of Tecumseh, Ontario, he is 50.
Dave Christian: A member of one of the United States’s most storied hockey families, Dave Christian played 40 games for the Ice in 1993-94, tallying eight goals and 18 assists. It came at the end of an NHL career that saw him play 1,009 games, tally 773 points, and play in the 1990 Stanley Cup Final with the Boston Bruins. Christian burst onto the scene in 1980 as a member of the Miracle on Ice United States Olympic team, and turned pro shortly thereafter, playing for the Winnipeg Jets after two seasons at North Dakota. Dave is the third member of his family to win an Olympic gold medal — his father Bill Christian and uncle Roger Christian played on the 1960 U.S. Olympic championship team. He played four seasons for the Jets, seven for the Washington Capitals, two with the Bruins, one with the Blues and one-plus seasons for the Blackhawks. His games with the Ice — coming in his 14th pro season — were his first-ever minor pro games. He would play two more years with his home-state Minnesota Moose before retiring in 1996. His family also ran the company that made Christian hockey sticks. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. A native of Warrod, Minn., he is 58.
Tyler Pham: A perennial Iceman, Pham was the team’s first-round USHL Entry Draft selection in 2011, and played three seasons for the team. Over 168 games, he tallied 22 goals and 38 assists. He captained the team in 2013-14, leading it to the Clark Cup championship. He recently finished his junior year at Army, where he has 73 points in 106 career games. A native of Denver, he is 23.
Raphael Corriveau: Fuel forward in 2016-17. He came to Indy after playing a year in France and four years in the QMJHL. He had two goals, an assist and 60 PIM in 35 games with the team. A native of Levis, Quebec, he is 23.