Happy birthday to …
Bernie John: Defenseman who was a mainstay on the Ice blueline in all five of their CHL seasons from 1999-2004, and the Indy Fuel’s head coach since 2016. He is the all-time assists leader among Indianapolis hockey players, with 262 in his five-year career with the Ice. He ranks ninth among all Indianapolis pro players in games played (301) and fifth in points (353). He also had 91 goals in those five seasons, including a 21-goal year in 1999-2000 and a 23-goal season the next year. He had nine points in the Miron Cup championship run in 2000, and had nine goals and 22 assists total in 31 playoff games. He came to the Ice after spending seven years in the Colonial/United Hockey League, and played two years in Corpus Christi after the Ice left the CHL in 2004. He returned to Indianapolis and was an assistant coach on the Indiana Ice’s Clark Cup championship team in 2014 — a coaching career that began with him being a player-assistant to Ken McRae in his last two seasons with the Ice as a player. He then was an assistant coach with the Indy Fuel in 2014, and became the team’s head coach in the spring of 2016. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he is 45.
Daniel Passero: Defenseman who played seven games with the Ice in 2000-01 after finishing his season at the University of Prince Edward Island. He had a goal and an assist in the regular season, and a goal and an assist in three playoff games. He played 20 total minor pro games before retiring in the 2001-02 season. A native of Vaughan, Ont., he is 38.
Shane Owen: Indy Fuel goaltender from 2014-16 Acquired in a midseason trade with the Stockton Thunder, Owen had a stellar second half of the 2014-15 season with the Fuel, going 9-6-2 with a 2.27 GAA and a .927 save percentage. He was 13-19-0 with a 2.55 GAA with the Fuel in 2015-16 before being dealt to Elmira late in the season. Owen recently completed his seventh pro season, which has included stops in ECHL Florida, South Carolina, Utah, Alaska, Stockton, Indy and Elmira, CHL Missouri, AHL Hershey and Trois Rivieres in the LNAH, and in 2016-17, Fife in Britain, where he had three shutouts and a 3.39 GAA. A native of Markham, Ont., he is 27.
Shawn Hulshof: Forward who played four games for the Fuel on an amateur tryout offer in 2016-1y7. He had one assist. He joined the team after a four-year career at SUNY-Oswego where he had 130 points. A native of Stouffville, Ont., he is 24.