Happy birthday to …
Bruce Burdette: Capitals left wing from 1946-48. He had five goals and 10 assists in 34 games with the team. A native of Stratford, Ont., he was born in 1923.
Mark Hamway: Checkers forward in 1983-84. As a professional rookie, he turned in a solid season, with 22 goals and 32 assists in 71 games. He also had two points in nine postseason games that year. The Islanders’ seventh-round pick in 1980, the Michigan State grad broke into the NHL the following year, and played 53 games with the Isles from 1984-87, with 18 points. He played the majority of those seasons in the AHL with Springfield, and turned in 20-goal seasons each of his full minor-league years. A native of Detroit, he is a real estate broker in his hometown. He is 56.
Lorne Stamler: Checkers left wing from 1980-84. He played 148 games for the team, tallying 19 goals and 19 assists. He also had six goals and two assists in 26 playoff games during the Checkers’ 182 and 1983 championship runs. The Michigan Tech grad also played 116 NHL games between 1976-80 for the Kings, Jets and Maple Leafs. Stamler also worked in the Checkers’ front office while playing for the team. Today, he lives and works in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. A native of Winnipeg, he is 66.
Phil DeGaetano: Checkers defemseman as a professional rookie in 1985-86. He had nine goals, 39 assists and 107 PIM in 80 games with the Checkers, and also had three points in five postseason games. He joined the team after a four-year college career at Northern Michigan. He played four minor-league seasons in North America and also played three years in Europe. A native of Roslyn, NY, he is 54.