August 22 in Indianapolis hockey history

August 22 in Indianapolis hockey history … 

1979: The new Indianapolis entry in the Central Hockey League announces its name — the Checkers — and its first player, former Racers goaltender Jim Park.

Happy birthday to … 

Mike Zanier: Checkers goaltender from 1985-87. He appeared in 61 games for the Checkers — including 47 in 1985-86. He had a record of 27-18-0 with the Checkers. He was 21-10-0 in 1985-86 with a 3.32 GAA. He also played eight playoff games in those two seasons, winning three. He signed with the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent in 1983 and played three NHL games in 1984-85, with a 1-1-1 record and a 3.89 GAA. He, Grant Fuhr and Andy Moog had wins in back-to-back-to-back games in 1985. That has happened only once in the NHL since — with Toronto in 2010. Zanier dressed for two Stanley Cup Final games in 1984, backing up Grant Fuhr, but did not play, thus not qualifying to have his name on the Cup when the Oilers won it that year. After his years with the Checkers, he went to Europe, where he played 13 more seasons in Italy, Germany, Britain and Sweden. He played for the Italian Olympic Team in the 1992 Olympics. A native of Trail, BC, he is 55.

Bryon Paulazzo: Ice forward in the 2009-10 season. He had 21 goals and 33 assists in 59 games, and also had three points in eight postseason games that year. In 2014, he finished his career at Miami University, where he had 16 goals and 17 assists in 105 games. In 2014-15, he participated in the Indy Fuel’s training camp, and played 35 games for the SPHL Mississippi RiverKings, totaling six goals and 16 assists. He also had four points in 22 ECHL games for the Stockton Thunder. A native of Redwood City, Calif., he is 28.

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