August 18 in Indianapolis hockey history

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Sam Gregory: Center who played for the Chiefs in 1957-58, with seven goals, 12 assists and 116 penalty minutes in 62 games. He also had six points in 11 postseason games that year as the Chiefs won the IHL’s Turner Cup title. He went on to play another decade, primarily in the Eastern Hockey League. A native of Charlottetown, PEI, he was born in 1936.

Bob Woytowich: Racers defenseman from 1974-76. In 84 games with the team, he had a goal and 15 assists. His Racers stint came at the end of a long 17-year professional career that saw him play 745 games in the NHL and WHA with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Winnipeg Jets and Racers. He was never a prolific scorer — he had just 41 goals and 218 points in his major pro career — but he was a solid stay-at-home defenseman. He was the Minnesota North Stars’ first captain in 1967. He played in the 1970 NHL All-Star Game, and is also a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. He was born in Winnipeg in 1941, and passed away in 1988 at age 46.

Jari Torkki: Left wing who played for the Ice in the 1989-90 season. He had 25 goals and 29 assists in 66 games for the Ice, and also had five goals and two assists in 11 playoff games as the Ice won the Turner Cup championship. The Blackhawks’ sixth-round pick in 1983, he came to North America in 1988 after playing several years for his hometown team in Finland — including winning an Olympic silver medal in 1988. He played four games for Chicago in 1988-89 — scoring a goal — and had a 30-goal season for Saginaw in the IHL that year. He returned to Finland in 1990 and played in Finland, Germany, Italy and Britain before retiring in 2003. A native of Rauma, Finland, he is 52.

Brad Treliving: Defenseman who played 14 games for the Ice in 1991-92. He had a goal and 13 penalty minutes in that stint. He played five pro seasons, the majority of which were spent in the ECHL, from 1990-95. He later became a hockey executive. He served as of the Western Professional and Central Hockey Leagues. He would oversee the CHL when the Indianapolis Ice were in the league, and is currently the general manager of the NHL’s Calgary Flames. A native of Penticton, BC, he is 48.

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