October 3 in Indianapolis hockey history
1997: The Ice open the 1997-98 season with a 7-1 loss in Milwaukee. Kirk Daubenspeck and Kory Cooper share the net.
2009: The Ice open their defense of the Clark Cup with a 6-2 win in Youngstown. Shane Berschbach scores two second-period goals and Antti Roppo adds two in the third. Berschbach (2G, A) and Nic Dowd (3A) have three-point games, and Casey DeSmith makes 16 saves in the win.
Happy birthday to …
Glenn Hall: “Mr. Goalie” played his rookie professional season for the Capitals in 1952-53. Hall played in all 68 games for the Caps that year, going 22-40-6 wiht a 3.89 GAA. He would play three more minor pro seasons in Edmonton — where the Wings moved their top farm team after the Caps folded in 1952. When the Wings traded Terry Sawchuk to the Bruins in 1955, Hall became the full-time starter in Detroit, and backstopped the Wings to a 30-24-16 record with a 2.10 GAA and 12 shutouts. He led the Wings to the Cup Final that season and won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. Hall also began a streak of 502 consecutive complete games played — an NHL record for goaltenders that is unlikely to be broken. The streak ended early in the 1962-63 season. Hall was traded to Chicago in 1957 and backstopped the Blackhawks to the 1961 Stanley Cup. He won the Vezina Trophy in 1963 and 1967 with the Blackhawks, and, after being picked up by the Blues in the 1967 expansion draft, shared it with Jacques Plante in 1969. Hall played in seven Stanley Cup Finals, including three straight with the Blues from 1968-70. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1968, a rarity for a player from the losing team. He retired after the 1970-71 season, his 19th in pro hockey. He played 906 games in his NHL career, with a record of 407-326-163 and a 2.49 GAA. His 906 games are sixth-most in NHL history, and the 407 wins are eighth-most. He had 84 career shutouts. Hall is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, elected in 1975. He was named to the NHL First or Second All-Star Team 11 times in 16 NHL full NHL seasons. Hall is credited with popularizing the butterfly style of goaltending, which has been the standard for the last quarter-century. His name is on the Stanley Cup three times — in 1952 with the Red Wings, where he did not play but was the backup goalie, in 1961 with the Blackhawks, and in 1989 as the Calgary Flames goaltending coach. A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, he is 86.
Ted Scharf: Racers right wing in the 1975-76 season. He had seven goals and 13 assists in 74 games, and also played in all seven playoff games that year. Scharf played 238 career WHA games from 1972-77, with the New York Raiders/Blades/Jersey Knights, San Diego Mariners, Racers and Edmonton Oilers. He retired after the 1976-77 season, his sixth year in pro hockey. He is a real estate agent in Kitchener, Ontario and has been involved as a director with the OHL Kitchener Rangers. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he is 66.