Happy birthday to …
Bill Goldsworthy: Winger for the Racers in the 1977-78 season, where he had eight goals and 10 assists in 32 games. He also was the team’s coach for the final part of the season after Ron Ingram was fired, and was the last full-time player-head coach in local hockey history. The team went 8-20-1 under his guidance. Goldsworthy was late in a 15-year professional career that saw him play 820 NHL/WHA games for the Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Racers and Edmonton Oilers. He had 295 total major professional goals and 270 assists. He played the majority of his career — from 1967-77 — for the North Stars, where he had five 30-goal seasons and scored 48 goals in 1973-74. He played in four NHL All-Star Games. He was the first player from the NHL’s “Great Expansion” to have 250 goals for an expansion team. Goldsworthy also coached the CHL’s San Antonio Iguanas briefly in the 1994-95 season. A native of Waterloo, Ont., he was born in 1944. He passed away in 1996 at age 51.
Rich Leduc: Racers center in 1977-78 and the shortened 1978-79 season. He came to the Racers partway through the 1977-78 season from Cincinnati. He played 41 games for the Racers, with 15 goals and 24 assists. He finished the 1978-79 season with the Quebec Nordiques and scored 30 goals — giving him 35 for the season. He played briefly for the Boston Bruins from 1972-74, but jumped to the WHA in 1974. Leduc was a prolific scorer in the WHA, tallying 30-goal seasons in each of his five years in the league, including a 52-goal, 107-point season with the Cincinnati Stingers in 1976-77. He also played for the Cleveland Crusaders in the WHA, and stayed with the Nordiques and played two NHL seasons post-merger, scoring 21 goals in his first NHL year in 1979-80. In 524 NHL/WHA games, he had 223 goals and 233 assists. A native of Ile Perot, Quebec, he is 66.
Jake Maida: Goaltender for the Ice in 2004-05. In 12 games, he had a 3-7-0 record and a 3.09 GAA. Maida played collegiately for two seasons for Div. III St. Thomas from 2005-07. A native of Duluth, Minn., he is 32.