June 26 in Indianapolis hockey history

2004: The NHL Entry Draft takes place in Raleigh, and two future Ice players hear their names. Brian Gifford is taken in the third round by the Penguins, and Sergei Kukushkin in the seventh round by the Stars. Gifford plays two seasons with the Ice, from 2004-06. Kukushkin plays part of the 2004-05 season with the team. 
2010: The NHL Entry Draft concludes in Los Angeles, with three Ice players being picked. Washington takes 2008-09 Ice player Stanislav Galiev in the third round with the 86th overall pick. In the sixth round, Anthony Bitetto (2008-10) goes to Nashville and Nick Mattson (2009-11) goes to Chicago. In addition, defenseman R.J. Boyd, who would be traded to the Ice in 2011, is drafted by Florida in the seventh round.   
Happy birthday to …
Jean Therrien: Forward who played 66 games for the Chiefs in 1961-62, scoring 31 goals and assisting on 40. He was the team’s third-leading scorer. He also played defense in a 12-year minor pro career that spanned 1959-71. His Chiefs season was his best in terms of goals and points. A native of Quebec City, he was born in 1937.
Nick Jones: Defenseman for the Indy Fuel in 2014-15. He had seven goals and 17 assists in 45 games for the Fuel in his first pro season. He also had two assists in 14 AHL games with the Worcester Sharks that year. He played the 2015-16 season for the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, where he had six goals and 13 assists in 52 games. He came to the Fuel after a four-year career at Mercyhurst College, where he had 32 goals and 61 assists in 156 career games. A native of Cranberry, Pa., he is 27.

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