October 9 in Indianapolis hockey history
1952: Indianapolis Coliseum Corporation president Dick Miller announces the Indianapolis Capitals franchise would go into suspension. The team was suffering financial losses. It ended the 13-year run of the Capitals in Indianapolis. The Red Wings, the Caps’ parent club for the entirety of their 13-year existence, move the Capitals players to the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Flyers.
1963: The ill-fated Indianapolis Capitols make their debut at the Coliseum in the inaugural Central Professional Hockey League season. Bob Champoux makes 32 saves, but can’t outduel Omaha Knights goaltender Enrie Wakely in a 2-1 loss in front of 2,157 fans. The Capitols would last less than one month in Indianapolis.
1980: The Checkers open the 1980-81 season at MSA with an 8-3 win over the Fort Worth Texans. Neil Hawryliw has a five-point game with a hat trick and two assists. Billy Carroll has two goals, and Charlie Skjodt had a goal and two assists. Roland Melanson stops 31 shots in the win.
1982: The Checkers play their 1982-83 home opener at the Coliseum, but a heavy fog covers the ice, causing stoppages for the 4,609 in attendance. Greg Gilbert had the first goal 54 seconds into the game for the Checkers, and later assisted on Dave Simpson’s third-period goal in a 4-2 loss.
1992: The Ice open the 1992-93 season in front of a sellout crowd in Fort Wayne, and win 7-3. Brad Lauer and highly-touted rookie Alex Andrievski each score two goals and Rob Conn has a three-point night. Ray LeBlanc makes 37 saves.
2004: The Ice play their inaugural USHL home opener at the Coliseum. A crowd of 6,083 sees them beat Waterloo 4-2. Tomas Klempa ties the game at 14:38 of the first period. Nick Deutz has a shorthanded goal in the second to tie it, and later adds an insurance goal in the third. Travis Winter also scores. A.J. Panchenko has two assists. B.J. O’Brien makes 28 saves in net.
2010: Casey DeSmith makes 33 saves to shut out Sioux Falls 5-0 in the Ice’s season opener – and also gets on the scoresheet with an assist. Jarrod Rabey scores two power play goals. Peter Schneider adds two goals and an assist. Adam Erne has his first Ice point, as well.
Happy birthday to …
John “Red” Keating: More popularly known as “Jack” or “Red,” Keating played parts of five seasons for the Capitals from 1939-43, and again in 1945-46. He was an original member of the team, and played 161 games for the team. He was the team’s top goal scorer with 21 goals in 1940-41. He had 60 goals overall for the Caps, and 62 assists. Keating also played 20 postseason games for the Caps, with 11 goals and 11 assists. His nine goals and 17 points in the 1941-42 postseason were AHL records for a playoff year. Keating also played 11 games for the Red Wings from 1938-40, tallying three goals. He retired in 1948 after playing two seasons in the PCHL for Los Angeles. A native of Kitchener, Ont., he was born in 1916. He had graduated from optometry school in Los Angeles and had just relocated his practice to Indianapolis when he passed away unexpectedly in 1951 at age 35.
Justin Agosta: Defenseman for the Ice in the 2009-10 season. He had three goals and 13 assists in 36 games. He also played part of that year for the Tier III EJHL’s Jersey Hitmen. Agosta recently completed his senior year for Quinnipiac University after playing three years at New Hampshire. He had 67 points overall in three NCAA seasons, including 26 in the 2013-14 campaign and 22 in 2014-15. He turned pro in 2015-16 and had 21 points in 41 games for the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, and also skated in eight games with the AHL Charlotte Checkers. In 2016-17, he had seven goals and 28 assists in 52 ECHL games with Manchester and Toledo, and also played three AHL games for three different teams. A native of East Meadow, NY, he is 27.