2007: The NHL Entry Draft takes place in Columbus, and four future Ice players hear their names. Brett Bruneteau goes in the fourth round to Washington, Ben Blood in the fourth round to Ottawa, Paul Carey in the fifth round to Colorado and Scott Darling in the sixth round to Phoenix. All four would play for the Ice in the 2007-08 season.
Happy birthday to …
Jim Park: Racers goaltender from 1975-78, and also a Checkers goaltender from 1979-81. Park played 54 games with the Racers, going 23-23-4 in the regular season and posting one shutout. He blanked the New England Whalers twice in the 1976 WHA playoffs, beating them 4-0 in both Games 2 and 5 at Market Square Arena. He had a stellar 2.41 GAA in 11 games in the 1975-76 season, helping the Racers win the WHA’s East Division title. He came back to Indy with the Checkers in 1979, and played 43 games over two seasons, posting a 19-17-3 record. His 3.00 GAA in 37 games helped him share the Terry Sawchuk Trophy for fewest goals allowed with teammate Richard Brodeur. He retired after the 1981-82 season. He currently runs a goaltending school in the Toronto area. A native of Toronto, he is 66.
Eric Kattelus: Left wing for the Ice in 2006-07. In 50 games, he had 18 goals and 21 assists, as well as two goals and an assist in seven playoff games, helping lead the Ice to the USHL semifinals. After a four-year career at Michigan Tech from 2007-11, he turned pro. He has played the last seven seasons primarily in the ECHL with the Kalamazoo Wings, while also playing 45 games in the AHL with the Chicago Wolves. This past season, he had seven goals and 33 assists with the K-Wings in 60 games. He has played 299 ECHL games with 56 goals and 140 assists, and also had three goals and 10 assists in his AHL career from 2012-14. A native of Traverse City, Mich., he is 31.
Tyger Howat: Goaltender who played two games for the Ice in 2012-13, going 0-1-0 with a 4.10 GAA. This past year, he played for the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express, going 9-12-0 with a 3.82 GAA in 25 games. A native of South Lyon, Mich., he is 22.
Adam Johnson: Center who played six games for the Ice in 2012-13, tallying two assists. He played the 2014-15 season for Sioux City, with 31 goals and 40 assists in 59 games. He had 119 points in 121 USHL games. He recently finished his sophomore year at Minnesota-Duluth, where led the Bulldogs to the Frozen Four, with 37 points in 42 games. A native of Hibbing, Minn., he is 23.