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Max Quackenbush: Capitals defenseman from 1949-51. In 91 games, he had eight goals and 26 assists for the Caps. He had an assist in four games in the 1950 Calder Cup championship run. He was loaned to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Steve Kraftchek in 1950, allowing him to play with brother Bill in Boston. He played 47 of his 61 NHL games that year. He was dealt to Chicago in 1951, and played 14 games for the Blackhawks. In total, he had four goals and seven assists in the NHL. He retired in 1955 after an eight-year pro career. A native of Toronto, he is 89.
Jon Casey: Checkers goaltender in 1986-87. He was 14-15-0 in 31 games for the Checkers, with a 4.45 GAA. A former goaltender at North Dakota, where he won two NCAA titles, Casey signed with his home-state North Stars upon finishing his college career in 1984. After bouncing back and forth between the North Stars and the minors through 1987, he stuck in Minnesota in 1987-88, and eventually played 425 NHL games, going 170-157-55 and posting a career GAA of 3.21, with the North Stars, Bruins and Blues. He led the underdog Stars to the 1991 Stanley Cup Final, winning 14 games in the playoffs. He retired as a player in 1997. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he is 55.
Mike Murray: Ice center for 17 games in 1988-89, where he had five goals and 11 assists. The Islanders’ fifth-round pick in 1984, Murray played one NHL game with the Flyers in 1987-88, and had a long minor pro career in the AHL, IHL, ECHL, UHL and in Europe. He retired in 1996, then came out of retirement in 1999 to play two years in AHL Knoxville, and played four more games in Knoxville in 2002-03. A native of Kingston, Ont., he is 51.