October 5 in Indianapolis hockey history
1990: The defending champion Ice open the 1990-91 season. Tracy Egeland scores the game-winner, and Sean Williams, Jeff Sirkka, Marty Nanne and Mike McNeill each have a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win over Muskegon in a rematch of the previous spring’s Turner Cup Final. Jim Waite makes 24 saves. A crowd of 8,322 witnesses the game. It’s also the debut for new Ice coach Dave McDowall.
1996: The Ice open the 1996-97 season at home with a 1-0 loss to Grand Rapids. Marc Lamothe is a hard-luck loser. Pokey Reddick gets the shutout in front of 8,713 at MSA.
Happy birthday to …
Bob Whitelaw: Capitals defenseman in the team’s first three seasons, 1939-42. He played 89 games for the Caps, with eight goals and 13 assists. He was dealt to the Providence Reds partway through the 1941-42 campaign, and left for WWII shortly thereafter. After the war, he played in Europe and the AHL. Whitelaw also played 32 games for the Red Wings between 1940-42, with two assists. Born in Motherwell, Scotland in 1916, he grew up in Canada. He passed away in 1972, a day after his 56th birthday.