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Carl “Winky” Smith: Winger for the Caps in 1943-44 and again in 1945-46. He played 50 games for the Capitals, with 20 goals and 28 assists. He had all of those goals and 26 assists in a 45-game stint in 1943-44, and also had a goal and four assists in five playoff games that season. He got a brief seven-game callup to the Red Wings that year, where he had a goal and an assist. He played the 1944-45 season for the St. Louis Flyers, and played much of the postwar years with USHL Omaha before retiring in 1949 and remaining in Omaha. He and his brother Dalton “Nakina” Smith were teammates on the Capitals. A native of Cache Bay, Ont., he was born in 1917. He passed away in 1967 at age 49.
Syd Howe: One of several Hall of Famers to skate for an Indianapolis team, Syd came to the Capitals for a 14-game stint at the end of his 17-year pro career. He had six goals and 11 assists with the Caps, and also contributed two goals in five playoff games in 1945-46. He had played 697 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Quakers, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Eagles and Detroit Red Wings — finding his niche with the Wings, with whom he played his last 11 NHL seasons after being sold to the team by the fledgling Eagles in February 1935. Playing primarily as a forward — although he played every position except goal — Howe had three 20-goal seasons, and had 32 goals and 60 points in 1943-44. In 1934-35, he was the runner-up in the NHL scoring race with 47 points in 50 games. He had a then-modern-day NHL record six goals in a game that season against the Rangers. His goal 25 seconds into overtime on March 9, 1940 was the fastest OT playoff goal in NHL history at the time — having since been eclipsed. He won Stanley Cups in 1936, 1937 and 1943. When he retired, he was the NHL’s career scoring leader with 237 goals and 291 assists in 691 games. He was also the last active member of the Philadelphia Quakers and Ottawa Senators, who both folded in the early-to-mid 1930s. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965. A native of Ottawa, he was born in 1911. He passed away in 1976 at age 64.
Dan Malone: Chiefs defenseman in the 1961-62 season. He split the year with the Chiefs and Toledo Mercurys, with one goal and 10 assists in 27 combined games for the two teams. He played four minor pro seasons from 1960-64, playing the other three in the Eastern Hockey League. A native of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, he was born in 1939.
John Sheridan: Racers center from 1974-76. He played 69 games for the team, with 18 goals and 13 assists. Sheridan was the Racers’ seventh-round pick in the 1974 WHA Draft, and was also picked by the Minnesota North Stars in the sixth round of that yera’s NHL Draft. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher had 17 goals with the Racers in his rookie year, but spent much of his career in the minors, playing three seasons for the Racers’ NAHL affiliate in Mohawk Valley, and later playing in the International, Northeast, Eastern and Atlantic Coast Hockey Leagues before retiring in 1982. He currently coaches high school hockey in Cleveland. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., he is 63.
Angie Moretto: The player who scored the final goal in Indianapolis Racers history, Moretto played 18 games for the team in its shortened 1978 season, with three goals and one assist. The high-scoring center from the University of Michigan was picked in the 11th round of the 1973 NHL Draft by the California Golden Seals. He broke into the NHL as a professional rookie with the franchise after it became the Cleveland Barons in 1976-77, with one goal and one assist in five games. He retired after the Racers folded. A native of Toronto, he is 64.
Dan Hodge: Ice defenseman from 1997-99. He played 23 games for the Ice — all but one in the 1997-98 season — with five goals and six assists. The Boston Bruins’ ninth-round pick in 1991, Dan is the son of former Bruins legend Ken Hodge. After playing collegiately at Merrimack, he turned pro in 1995 and played 11 seasons in the AHL, IHL, ECHL, UHL, CHL and Britain before retiring in 2006. His best season was a 47-point year for the ECHL Peoria Rivermen in 1998-99. He coached the Tulsa Oilers through 2009, and currently coaches a junior team on Cape Cod. A native of Melrose, Mass., he is 46.
Jarrod Rabey: Defenseman for the Ice from 2009-11. He played 60 games over those two seasons, with five goals and 13 assists. He also had one assist in four games in the 2011 Clark Cup playoffs. Rabey went from the Ice to St. Cloud State, where he completed his senior year in 2015. He had six goals and 16 assists in his career at SCSU. A native of Rockton, Ill, he is 25.