July 31 in Indianapolis hockey history

Happy birthday to …

John Ollson: Center for the Checkers in 1984-85. He had nine goals and 11 assists in 17 games. He also had two points in seven playoff games that season. He was acquired from Milwaukee late in the season, his second full pro year. He played in the AHL, IHL and in Europe through 1990-91. Today, he runs hockey schools and training in Ottawa. A native of Nepean, Ont., he is 54. 

Troy Murray: Center who played eight games for the Ice in 1993-94, in which he had three goals and three assists. By this point, Murray had been an NHL veteran, breaking in with the Blackhawks in the 1982 playoffs, signing after winning the NCAA title with the University of North Dakota. He played 15 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, Jets, Senators, Penguins and Avalanche. He had five consecutive 20-goal seasons from 1984-89, including a 45-goal, 99-point year in 1985-86, all with the Blackhawks. He was also named the NHL’s best defensive forward that year. His stint with the Ice came after being reacquired by the Hawks in 1993. He finished his career with one IHL season with the Chicago Wolves in 1996-97. He began broadcasting with the Blackhawks in 1998 and is currently the team’s radio analyst. A native of Calgary, he is 55.

Mikhail Plotnikov: Forward for the Ice in 2012-13. He had 20 goals and 23 assists in 61 games with the team. He took his talents to the KHL in 2013-14, and has 19 goals and 20 assists in 133 career games – the first 15 with Yugra, the next three seasons with Metallurg Novokuznetsk and the most recent with Spartak Moscow and Vladivostok Admiral. A native of Moscow, Russia, he is 25.

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