August 10 in Indianapolis hockey history
1987: The Checkers suspend operations after their eighth season, including their third in the International Hockey League. A local bank noted the team had more than $300,000 in outstanding debt. Indianapolis goes without a hockey team in the 1987-88 season, but the franchise is revived as the Ice a year later.
Happy birthday to …
Alex Andrijevski: Highly-touted right wing who played for the Ice from 1992-94. He played 70 games with the team, scoring 26 goals and assisting on 26. He also had five points in four playoff games in 1993. The Blackhawks’ 10th-round pick in 1991, he came over from Russia and spent only two seasons in North America — playing 66 games with the Ice and one with the Blackhawks in 1992-83, and four games with the Ice and 57 with Kalamazoo the following year. He also played professionally in Russia, Sweden, Germany and Italy before retiring in 2003. He has also served three stints as the head coach of Dynamo Minsk of the KHL. A native of Minsk, Belarus, he is 49.
Travis Winter: Forward for the Ice in 2004-05, their inaugural USHL season. He had 21 goals and 21 assists in 59 games for the team, and carried that to a four-year college career at Bemidji State. He played two professional games in the IHL in 2009-10, and has been a junior coach since — spending parts of four seasons in Cedar Rapids before becoming the head coach of the NAHL’s Aberdeen Wings in 2012-13, a job he held for two seasons. He was named assistant coach at Bemidji State in 2014. A native of St. Cloud, Minn., he is 33.
Woody Hudson: Ice forward from 2011-13, and the captain for part of the 2012-13 season, who returned to Indy in 2016-17 to make his pro debut with the Fuel. With the Ice, he had 25 goals and 13 assists in 91 games for the Ice before being dealt to Chicago partway through the 2012-13 year. After four years at St. Lawrence University, where he had 35 points in 140 games, he signed with the Fuel, tallying a goal and two assists in 11 games. He recently signed with the ECHL’s Worcester Railers. A native of Greece, NY, he is 25.
Eric Levine: Goaltender who played three games for the Fuel early in 2014-15 and then rejoined the team in 2016-17 and played 29 games. He was 0-1-0 with a 4.06 GAA in his first stint, and 5-20-1 with a 3.91 GAA in 2016-17. In addition to his stints with the Fuel, he has played for Peoria, Pensacola and Louisiana in the SPHL, Allen in the CHL, Fort Wayne, Utah and Colorado in the ECHL. A native of Wheeling, Ill., he is 29.