September 14 in Indianapolis hockey history

September 14 in Indianapolis hockey history

1973: Indianapolis becomes a major-league hockey city. The World Hockey Association grants Indianapolis an expansion franchise in the league, to begin play in 1974-75 — coinciding with the completion of Market Square Arena. John Weissert is the original owner of the team.

Happy birthday to …

Roy “Gus” Giesebrecht: Capitals center in 1939-40, and again in 1941-42. He played 36 games for the Caps, with 16 goals and 16 assists. He also had five goals and four assists in 15 playoff games — including four goals in the 1939-40 five-game playoff series loss to Providence, and four points in the 1942 Calder Cup championship run. In the interim, he played 135 games for the parent Red Wings, with 27 goals and 51 assists. Giesebrecht was rarely penalized, drawing just 13 penalty minutes in his NHL career, and 23 in his entire five-year pro career. Like many players, his career was cut short by participation in World War II, where he was a corporal in the Canadian infantry and fought in Europe. He returned from the war to play senior hockey in Quebec. A native of Pembroke, Ont., he was born in 1917. He passed away in 2006 at age 89.

Christian Soucy: Ice goaltender from 1993-96. He came to the Ice as a rookie out of the University of Vermont in 1993, and played 110 games over the next three seasons. He had a 43-51-6 record with the Ice and a 3.87 GAA, posting one shutout. His 110 games played are ninth among goaltenders for Indianapolis teams. Soucy went on to play in the CHL, ECHL, AHL, WPHL, WCHL and UHL through 2003, when he retired to be an assistant coach at Div. III St. Michael’s College. Soucy played one NHL game with the Blackhawks in 1993-94. A native of Gatineau, Quebec, he is 47.

Toby Heaslip: Defenseman who played seven games with the Ice in 2006-07, tallying a goal and four assists. He also played for Green Bay and Ohio in the USHL that season. A native of Naples, Fla., he is 29.

Mikael Owilli: Defenseman for the Ice in 2008-09. He had five goals and 15 assists in 57 games, and also had two assists in the 13-game Clark Cup championship run. He came to the Ice after playing three years in Sweden, and returned to play two more seasons. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, he is 29.