October 6 in Indianapolis hockey history:
1989: The Ice open a new era, as the Chicago Blackhawks take over as their parent club, bringing with them a roster that was primarily made up of Saginaw Hawks the previous year. Everett Sanipass scored two goals for the Ice in the second, and Sean Williams scored the first of his team-record goals. Jim Waite turned aside 32 shots, but former Indianapolis Checker Byron Lomow scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Fort Wayne Komets a 4-3 win. The first Komets goal was scored by the Ice’s two leading scorers from the previous year — Bob Lakso on assist from Ron Handy just 35 seconds in. It’s also the first game for new coach Darryl Sutter, who would go on to win multiple Stanley Cups with the Kings.
1990: Future Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek makes his first start for the Ice and turns aside all 29 shots he faces in a 2-0 win in Milwaukee. Sean Williams has a goal and assists on Warren Rychel’s third-period tally.
2007: The Ice open the 2007-08 season with a 3-1 loss in Cedar Rapids. Paul Carey’s power play goal at 11:09 of the first period gives the Ice a lead, but it doesn’t hold up.
Happy birthday to …
Steve Bancroft: Ice defenseman from 1991-93. He played 89 games for the Ice, with 18 goals and 58 assists, as well as 187 penalty minutes. Bancroft was the 21st overall pick in the 1989 NHL Draft, and was traded twice before he came to the Ice midway through the 1991-92 season, and would be dealt again by the Blackhawks late in the 1992-93 season for Troy Murray. He ended up playing six NHL games — one for the Blackhawks in 1992-93, and five for the Sharks in 2001-02, tallying one assist. He played for 20 different AHL & IHL teams, as well as one German team and two NHL teams, in a career that spanned from 1990-2006. He is now a real estate agent in Ontario. A native of Toronto, he is 47.
Jon Madden: Ice forward in the 2005-06 season. He had three assists in 30 games for the team. He split that year and the following season between the USHL and NAHL before going on to a four-year career at NCAA Div. III UW-Stevens Point. After tallying 38 goals at UWSP, he finished the 2012 season with CHL Rio Grande Valley, and followed with two years with the CHL’s Wichita Thunder, tallying 15 points in 54 games in 2013-14. A native of Brighton, Mich., he is 30.