October 8 in Indianapolis hockey history
1976: The Racers open their third season, beating Minnesota 4-3 in front of 9,103 at MSA. Andy Brown gets the win in goal and Pat Stapleton tallies the game-winner.
1982: Kelly Hrudey turns aside 26 shots and Dave Simpson scores twice in the first period of a 6-1 win over Birmingham. Greg Gilbert had two assists.
1983: The two-time defending champion Checkers open their final CHL season at the Coliseum against the U.S. Olympic Team. Rob Holland stops 26 shots and Ron Handy has a goal and an assist, but future Checker Kurt Kleinendorst scores the game-winner in a 4-3 Team USA win in front of 6,713 at the Coliseum.
1988: The Ice and Salt Lake renew a rivalry that went back to the CHL days. The Ice take 112 penalty minutes, the Golden Eagles 94, most dealing with a fight at 3:43 of the third period that saw 11 game misconducts and nine fighting majors ‘ the additional two gamers going to the goalies, who were both tossed for leaving the crease. 173 PIMs were called during the melee.
1993: The Ice open the 1993-94 season with a 3-2 loss in Peoria, as Christian Soucy is outdueled by future Ice goaltender Geoff Sarjeant. The loss is also the debut for new Ice coach Duane Sutter.
1994: The Ice play their first regular-season home game at Market Square Arena, beginning a four-year stint of playing all home games downtown. They fall to the Chicago Wolves 3-2 in a shootout, with Jeff Shantz and Rob Conn scoring the Ice goals. A team-record 10,037 watches the game.
2005: The Ice open their 2005-06 season at the Coliseum, falling to Des Moines 5-3. Lukas Klimek, Mark Armstrong and Eric Olimb score for the Ice, who can’t overcome Trevor Lewis’ two goals.
Happy birthday to …
Frank O’Grady: Left wing for the Capitals in 1951-52. He had 12 goals and 26 assists in 64 games for the team. He had played three seasons in the lower levels — IHL and USHL — before coming to the Caps, including 81 points for Omaha in 1950-51. He would continue to play minor pro hockey for three more seasons, and senior hockey thereafter, including in Sudbury, Ontario, where he is a member of the city’s sports Hall of Fame. O’Grady has continued to play hockey recreationally into his 80s. A native of Cobalt, Ontario, he is 88.
Claude Vinet: Left wing for the Chiefs in the 1958-59 season. He had 14 goals and 16 assists in 32 games, and also three goals and four assists in five postseason games for the team. He came to the Chiefs after two seasons in the AHL and was a member of the Louisville Rebels — whom the Chiefs beat for the Turner Cup — in 1957-58. He went on to play four more years in the Eastern Hockey League, scoring 18, 25, 35 and 47 goals in those seasons. A native of Valleyfield, Quebec, he was born in 1934.
Ed Pizunski: Right wing for the Checkers in the 1979-80 season. He scored the franchise’s first goal 2:16 into the first game, and had 22 goals and 21 assists in 60 games with the team that year. He played professionally from 1975-81, with one WHA game and the rest spread amongst the CHL and IHL. A native of Toronto, he is 63.
Eric Levine: Fuel goaltender in 2014-15 and again in 2016-17. He played three games in 2014-15, with an 0-1-0 record. In 2016-17, he posted a 5-20-1 mark and a 3.91 GAA. Levine has also played with Fort Wayne, Utah and Colorado in the ECHL, as well as Peoria and Louisiana in the SPHL. He is currently signed with the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Levine also runs a goaltending school in the offseason. A native of Wheeling, Ill., he is 29.