September 21 in Indianapolis hockey history
2013: The new-look Ice open their 10th USHL season with a 4-2 loss to Team USA in Ann Arbor. Aidan Muir scores a second-period goal and assists on Mitch Hults’ tally to give the Ice a 2-0 lead.
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Barry Sullivan: Right wing for the Capitals from 1946-48. He had 22 goals and 27 assists in 87 games with the Caps — with all but one of those points coming in the 1947-48 season, when he played 68 games. He also suited up in one game for the Red Wings in 1947-48. He went on from the Caps to play five more years in the AHL, tallying 20 goals three times, before retiring in 1953 after an eight-year pro career. A native of Preston, Ont., he was born in 1926. He passed away in 1987 at age 61.
James Uniac: Capitals center in 1949-50. He had five goals and 12 assists in 55 games, and also suited up for two games of the Caps’ Calder Cup championship run. Uniac played nine years of minor pro hockey, in the iHL, USHL, PCHL and WHL, and continued to play senior hockey before retiring in 1958. A native of Logan Township, Ont., he was born in 1928. He passed away in 1985 at age 56.
Jacques Gagne: Left wing who played for the Chiefs during the 1958-59 season. He split the year between the Chiefs and Louisville, and had 29 points in 35 combined games. He played in the IHL and EHL from 1955-61, with a 28-goal season for the Fort Wayne Komets in 1955-56. A native of Montreal, he was born in 1935.
Sid Garant: Left wing for the Chiefs in 1961-62. He had 19 goals and 41 assists in 60 games that season. He came to the Chiefs after a year with the Fort Wayne Komets, and after the team disbanded in 1962, spent 10 more years in the IHL with Port Huron and Dayton. He had nine 20-goal seasons in his 11-year IHL career, and two 30-goal seasons. He is a member of the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame. A native of Vita, Manitoba, he was born in 1939.
Gary MacGregor: Racers center from 1976-78. In two different stints with the team, he played 33 games, with eight goals and nine assists. The 10th pick in the 1974 WHA Draft by the Chicago Cougars (and the 30th pick in that year’s NHL Draft by Montreal), MacGregor broke in emphatically with a 42-goal season as a rookie in 1974-75 with Chicago. He later played for the Denver Spurs, Cleveland Crusaders, New England Whalers and Racers during his WHA career, never topping the 20-goal mark again. After spending 1980-81 in the AHL, he went to Germany and played in the early 1980s. He played 251 WHA games, with 90 goals and 70 assists. A native of Kingston, Ont., he was born in 1954. He passed away in 1985 at age 30.
Gord Dineen: The Islanders’ second-round pick in 1981, Dineen played parts of two seasons with the Checkers from 1982-84. The blueliner played 99 games for the Checkers, with 14 goals and 60 assists. He also tallied 141 penalty minutes. He had two goals and 10 assists in 13 playoff games as the Checkers won the Adams Cup in 1983, and had 57 points during the regular season that year., winning the CHL’s Bobby Orr Trophy (best defenseman) and Bob Gassoff Trophy (most improved defenseman) in 1983. He got a nearly-permanent callup to the NHL partway through the 1983-84 season, and played during the Islanders’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1984. He continued to play in the NHL for the Islanders, North Stars, Penguins and Senators. He played his last NHL game in 1994-95 with the Isles, but played in the IHL through 2000. Dineen skated for teams that won the Stanley Cup in 1983, 1991 and 1992, but was in the minors during the playoffs each year. He did, however, win several CHL and IHL titles. All told, he played 528 NHL games, with 16 goals and 90 assists, during an 18-year pro career. Upon retirement from playing, he began coaching, including stints as the head coach of two ECHL teams and the AHL Iowa Chops. He spent 2014-15 as head coach of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, after five years as an assistant with the club, and became the associate head coach in 2016. A native of Toronto, he is 55.
Stepan Novotny: Forward for the Ice in 2007-08. He had four goals and seven assists in 44 games that season, and also appeared in four playoff games. He went from the Ice to the Major Junior WHL, and turned pro in 2010-11 with Poprad Liv in the Russian KHL. He is currently playing in Slovakia, where he had 15 points in 47 games for Zilinia this past season. A native of Prague, Czech Republic, he is 27.