June 29 in Indianapolis hockey history

1981: Fred Creighton is named head coach and GM of the Indianapolis Checkers. He would lead the team to two Adams Cup championships and three Adams Cup Finals series in his three years as the team’s head coach. He would give up coaching duties, but remain as the Checkers’ GM in 1984-85, before putting himself behind the bench during the playoffs, and later staying in the Islanders organization to coach the AHL Springfield Indians.

Happy birthday to … 
Alec Richards: Goaltender who played four games for the Indiana Ice in 2004-05. He went 1-2-1 with a 3.47 GAA. He later played four years in the NCAA with the Yale Bulldogs. He signed with the Chicago Blackhawks upon the end of his college career and played four seasons in the Blackhawks’ organizatuion for ECHL Toledo and AHL Rockford. A native of Robbinsdale, Minn., he is 30.

Tim Shoup: Indiana Ice defenseman in the 2013-14 season. He had five goals and 11 assists in 52 games for the Ice, and was named to the USHL’s All-Rookie Team for his defensive play. He recently completed his junior year at Dartmouth, where he has two goals and 13 assists in 81 games. A native of Pittsburgh, he is 22.

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