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Leif Holmquist: Racers goaltender in 1975-76. He was 6-9-3 with a 3.00 GAA in 19 games with the Racers, his only North American professional experience. He was a strong goaltender in Sweden, and was named the best goaltender at the 1969 World Championships, and was named the top player in Sweden twice. He is a member of the IIHF Hall of Fame. A native of Gavie, Sweden, he is 75.
Milan Tichy: Ice defenseman from 1991-93. In 98 games with the Ice, he had 13 goals and 55 assists. Tichy was the Blackhawks’ eighth-round pick in 1989, and came to the Ice after playing several seasons in his native Czechoslovakia. He played 13 games with the Blackhawks in 1992-93, and was later dealt to the Islanders, where he would play 10 more games over two seasons before retiring in 1996. He played 23 NHL games with five assists. He is currently a European scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets. A native of Pizen, Czechoslovakia, he is 48.
Ethan Moreau: The 14th overall pick in the 1994 NHL Draft, Moreau came to the Ice as a rookie in 1995-9. He had 21 goals and 20 assists in 71 games, as well as 126 PIM. He also had four goals in five playoff games that season. He went from the Ice to the Blackhawks that year, beginning a 16-year NHL career that would see him play 928 NHL games, score 147 goals, assist on 140, and tally 1,110 penalty minutes with the Blackhawks, Oilers, Blue Jackets and Kings. He was the last member of the IHL Indianapolis Ice to be active in the NHL when he retired in 2012. His best NHL season was a 20-goal year with Edmonton in 2003-04. He played in the Stanley Cup Final with Edmonton in 2006, and was named captain of the Oilers that fall. He also started the 2011-12 season with the Stanley Cup champion Kings, but did not finish the season with them. He won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2009 for his leadership on and off the ice. He is currently a scout for the Montreal Canadiens. A native of Huntsville, Ont., he is 42.
Hayden Stewart: Ice goaltender during the 2013-14 season. A midseason pickup from Dubuque, he had a remarkable run with the team, going 13-1-0 in 14 regular-season starts, and posting a 1.29 GAA, a .945 save percentage and four shutouts. He allowed one or fewer goals in his first 12 starts, and won his first 13, setting a club record. He also set the club record for a shutout string that toppled 200 minutes. He recently finished his junior year at Cornell, where he has played 15 games. A native of Rockford, Ill., he is 23.
Keevin Cutting: Indy Fuel defenseman for seven games in 2016-17. He came to the team after having briefly played in Slovakia earlier that season, his rookie year out of Ryerson University. After his stint in Indy, he finished the year with the Wheeling Nailers. A native of Bracebridge, Ont., he is 25.