September 27 in Indianapolis hockey history
2013: The Ice drop a 6-5 decision to Sioux Falls in their final Pan Am Pavilion home opener, despite three-point games from Joe Sullivan (2G, A) and Alex Talcott (G, 2A).
Happy birthday to …
Jim Malwitz: Checkers center in 1984-85. He had 17 goals and 26 assists in 68 games for the Checkers, and also five goals and three assists in seven playoff games. Malwitz was the North Stars’ fourth round pick in the 1981 NHL Draft, and played three seasons at the University of Minnesota before his lone pro season. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he is 55.
Greg Spenrath: Ice defenseman in 1992-93. He played nine games for the Ice, with one assist and 68 penalty minutes. The Rangers’ eighth-round pick in 1989, Spenrath played 13 minor-pro seasons in the ECHL, AHL, IHL and WCHL, piling up massive penalty minute totals — including 407 minutes in the sin bin as a pro rookie with ECHL Erie in 1990-91 (he also had 29 goals and 65 points that year). He retired after playing 11 games in the 2002-03 season with the WCHL Fresno Falcons, where he played his last six seasons. A native of Edmonton, he is 48.