Happy birthday to …
Stan Maxwell: Chiefs left wing in 1959-60. He had 26 goals and 31 assists in 63 games that season. He had played minor pro hockey from 1949-54, but had played senior hockey for four seasons until joining the Chiefs in 1959. He is in the North Bay, Ont. and Lethbridge, Alberta sports Halls of Fame. A native of North Bay, Ont., he was born in 1925. He passed away in 2008 at age 82.
Harrison Gray: Goaltender for the short-lived Indianapolis Capitols team in 1963. He allowed 10 goals in three games for a 3.33 GAA, all losses. He suited up in one NHL game for the Red Wings that season, allowing five goals in 40 minutes. Gray played minor pro hockey from 1961-69, primarily in the Eastern Hockey League. A native of Calgary, he is 76.
Bill Horton: Racers defenseman in 1974-75. He had two goals and nine assists in 59 games for the Racers that season. He played 193 games in the WHA between 1972-75 for the Cleveland Crusaders, Los Angeles Sharks and the Racers, with four goals and 35 assists. HE also had a long minor pro career that spanned 1967-82, with his last full season in 1979-80. He was the player-coach of the Racers’ minor league affiliate in Mohawk Valley in 1976-77, and later coached in the ACHL, winning two championships in the ACHL. He was the cousin of Tim Horton, the NHL veteran and coffee magnate. He is a member of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame. The AHL Utica Comets present an award in his honor for the player who shows the most heart on the team. A native of Lindsay, Ont., he was born in 1946. He passed away in 1988 at age 41, while awaiting a heart transplant.