September 15 in Indianapolis hockey history
1974: The WHA’s Indianapolis Racers open their first training camp in Flint, Michigan.
Happy birthday to …
Joe Lund: Capitals defenseman from 1948-50. He played part of the 1948-49 season with the team after being dealt from Buffalo, then had 31 points and 107 penalty minutes in 70 games for the Calder Cup champion Caps in 1949-50. He also had two goals and two assists in the eight-game title run that year in the playoffs. He signed with the Cleveland Barons in the 1950 offseason and continued to put up strong seasons in the AHL with several different teams before retiring in 1962 after three years with the IHL Omaha Knights and St. Paul Saints. He and brother Pentti were two of the first Finnish-born players in North American pro hockey. A native of Karijoki, Finland, he was born in 1927. He is deceased.
Frank Melong: Capitals defenseman in 1948-49. He had four goals and eight assists in 68 games, and also played two playoff games for the team that year. His Caps stint came in the midst of a six-year career that spanned 1945-51. He also played for St. Louis and New Haven in the AHL after leaving the Caps. A native of Kirkland Lake, Ont, he was born in 1925.
Richard Brodeur: Checkers goaltender in 1979-80. He had a 22-19-5 record, a 2.88 GAA and a .902 save percentage in 46 games for the Checkers that season. Brodeur came to the Checkers after a long career with the WHA’s Quebec Nordiques — playing goal for them throughout their seven-year history in the WHA, and backstopping the Avco Cup champions in 1977. He won the CHL’s Terry Sawchuk Trophy for fewest goals allowed in 1980. After his stint with the Checkers, he went to Vancouver, where he would play eight more seasons. He backstopped the Canucks to the 1981 Stanley Cup Final — where they lost to the Islanders — and was named to the 1983 NHL All-Star Game. He also played six games in Hartford in 1987-88 and retired the following season after 17 years in pro hockey. He is a member of the WHA Hall of Fame. After retirement, he ran a hockey school in Vancouver, and also is an artist. A native of Longueuil, Quebec, he is 65.
Shane Turner: Checkers forward from 1980-82. He came to the Checkers from the University of Prince Edward Island, and tallied 14 goals and 12 assists in 84 games. He also played in all five playoff games for the Checkers in 1981. He was one of several PEI natives on the Checkers, with Garth MacGuigan, Kevin Devine and Dave Cameron. Turner is currently a scout with the Dallas Stars. A native of Charlottetown, PEI, he is 59.