August 16 in Indianapolis hockey history

Nick Harbaruk was a popular Racer.

Nick Harbaruk was a popular Racer.

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Alvin “Buck” Jones: One of the original Capitals, Jones started the first game at the Coliseum in 1939 on defense alongside Alex Motter. He played 123 games with the Caps from 1939-42, tallying 14 goals and 12 assists before being dealt to the Providence Reds partway through the 1941-42 season. Jones was a key part of the Caps’ division championship in 1939-40, with 12 points in 56 games. He was a rugged defenseman who also played 50 NHL games for the Red Wings and Maple Leafs from 1938-43. He continued to play minor league and senior hockey through 1954, when he retired. A native of Owen Sound, Ont., he was born in 1917. He passed away in 2007 at age 90.

Bob Wiest: Center who played 39 games with the Capitals in 1946-47, scoring 15 goals and 15 assists. He had a 24-goal season for the Wings’ “AA” affiliate in Omaha the next season, and continued to play senior hockey thereafter. A native of Balgonie, Sask., he was born in 1922. He is deceased.

Nick Harbaruk: Racers right wing from 1974-77. He played 181 games for the Racers, with a pair of 20-goal seasons in 1974-75 and 1975-76. He had 45 goals and 44 assists in the regular season, and also had three goals and an assist in 13 playoff games for the Racers. He broke into major league hockey with the Penguins in 1969-70, and played 364 games for the Penguins and Blues before joining the Racers. In total, he played 545 major league games with 90 goals and 119 assists, as well as 353 penalty minutes. Harbaruk won the Memorial Cup with the Toronto Marlies in 1964 before turning pro, and coached collegiately in Toronto after his playing days ended. He was born in Drobiczyn, Poland in 1943, with World War II going on closeby. His family emigrated to Toronto when he was five, and he grew up there. He passed away in 2011 at age 68.

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