Happy birthday to …
Anders Kallur: Forward who played two games for the Checkers in 1979-80, compiling two assists. He came to North America after four years in the Swedish Elite League, and quickly went to the Islanders. He was part of four Stanley Cup champions and five Stanley Cup finalists during his six-year NHL career, playing 383 games and scoring 101 goals and 211 points. He also had 35 points in 78 playoff games. He and teammate Stefan Persson were the first European player to win a Stanley Cup. He recently retired as an NHL scout. A native of Ludvika, Sweden, he is 65.
Kevin Herom: Left wing who played seven games for the Ice in 1988-89. He played 76 pro games, the majority with the AHL Springfield Indians the prior year. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Islanders in 1985. A native of Regina, Sask., he is 49.
Garett Bembridge: Forward for the Fuel from 2014-16. He was acquired three weeks into the season and became the team’s leading scorer in 2014-15, with 25 goals and 27 assists. He played 102 games for the Fuel, with 36 goals and 40 assists, before being traded to Rapid City in 2016. He later finished the 2015-16 season with Greenville. In 2013-14, he led the CHL in scoring with 42 goals and 104 points for the Denver Cutthroats, and was named the final MVP in that league’s history. Drafted twice by the NHL – in the fifth round in 1999 by the New York Rangers and in the seventh round in 2001 by the Calgary Flames – Bembridge played in the AHL, ECHL, CHL and in Europe over a 14-year pro career. He played the 2016-17 season as a senior hockey player in Saskatchewan. A native of Melfort, Sask., he is 36.
Andrew Johnston: Fuel forward in 2015-16. He was acquired in a midseason trade from South Carolina, and played 12 games for Indy, tallying two assists. He would later be traded to Tulsa that season. Johnston has played four pro seasons, with ECHL Trenton, Orlando, Reading, South Carolina, Indy and Tulsa, as well as the AHL’s Adirondack/Lehigh Valley Phantoms. A native of Saskatoon, Sask., he is 26.