October 19 in Indianapolis hockey history
1943: Future Hall of Famer Harry Lumley makes his Capitals debut in net, beating the Buffalo Bisons 2-1 in front of 7,357 at the Coliseum. Bucko McDonald would score the game-winner. Another player who would be a Capital fixture – defenseman Rod Morrison – played the first of his team-record 319 games in a Capital uniform that night. Morrison would total 88 goals and 130 assists in a career that spanned from 1943-44, and again from 1945-49.
1946: The Capitals beat Springfield and former coach Earl Seibert 6-2, with Tony Bukovich scoring twice and Les Douglas adding a goal and two assists.
1947: Cliff Simpson has the first multi-point game of what would become the first 100-point season in professional hockey history. He has two goals and an assist in a 5-1 Capitals win over the Washington Lions in front of 8,069 at the Coliseum. Lloyd Doran has a goal and an assist, as does Eddie Nicholson. Marty Pavelich and Fern Gauthier have two assists each.
1950: The Capitals play their first home game since winning the Calder Cup, but are shut out by Emile “The Cat” Francis and the Cincinnati Mohawks 1-0. Bill Brennan makes 25 saves in the loss.
1975: The Racers drop their home opener 6-4 to Denver, extending a losing streak to four games. Moments after the game, head coach Gerry Moore is fired and is immediately replaced by player personnel director Jacques Demers. Demers would post a 70-72-14 record in Indianapolis, win the WHA East Division title in 1976, and would later win the NHL’s Jack Adans Award as Coach of the Year twice and coach the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1993.
1980: Kevin Devine scores, and then assists on Garth MacGuigan’s goal 52 seconds later as the Checkers beat the Wichita Wind 5-3. Devine (G, 2A) and Hector Marini (3A) each have three-point games.
1984: The Checkers open a new era, playing their first game in the International Hockey League with a 7-0 shutout of the Fort Wayne Komets at the Coliseum. Rob Holland stops 36 shots to notch the shutout in front of 6,026. Neal Coulter scores twice and adds an assist. Charlie Skjodt and Jim Malwitz have a goal and an assist each. It’s also the coaching debut for Darcy Regier, who had recently retired after playing for the team for five seasons.
1990: Sean Williams pots a hat trick and Martin Desjardins scores twice in a 6-1 win over Glen Hanlon and the San Diego Gulls.
1991: Sean Williams scores twice and Milan Tichy has three assists in a 4-2 Ice win over Salt Lake. Williams scores the game-winner at 5:30 of the third, and Tracy Egeland adds an insurance goal. Kerry Toporowski also scored for the Ice.
2001: The Ice open their third CHL campaign at Memphis with a 4-3 shootout loss.
2007 The Ice surrender five second-period goals to fall behind 5-3, but rally with four in the third to beat Cedar Rapids 7-5. Brandon Blandina, T.J. Syner, Nick Bailen and Gregory Squires score third-period goals. Syner, who also scored in the first, finishes with two goals and an assist. Blandina and Brent Gwidt, who scored in the second period, tally a goal and an assist each
Happy birthday to …
Frank Spring: Right wing for the Racers in 1977-78. In 13 games, he had two goals and four assists. Spring was the fourth overall selection in the 1969 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, and made his NHL debut that season. He eventually played 61 NHL games, largely in bit roles until playing half-seasons with the California Golden Seals/Cleveland Barons in 1974-75 and 1976-77. In 74 major pro games, he had 16 goals and 24 assists. He retired after the 1977-78 season. A native of Rossland, BC, he is 68.
Bob Ferguson: Coach of the Indianapolis Ice from 1995-98. He played a handful of years of minor pro hockey in the 1970s, but found his calling quickly as a coach. He began coaching in the USHL in 1981, and coached the Sioux City Musketeers and Des Moines Buccaneers for the next 15 seasons. His teams won four Clark Cups. In three seasons with the Ice, his teams went 127-98-21, and won a division championship in 1996-97. His teams twice pushed higher seeds to the limit in first-round playoff series. Ferguson went on from the Ice in 1998 to become the head coach of the ECHL Florida Everblades, and became the league’s Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons. Ferguson continued to coach in the ECHL and USHL through 2008, and has since been involved in the front office. He is currently the assistant general manager of the AHL San Diego Gulls. A native of Kingston, Ont., he is 63.
Jake Skjodt: Forward for the Indiana Ice from 2006-08. He had 42 goals and 44 assists in 117 games with the Ice, and also had seven goals and three assists in 11 postseason games. His five playoff goals helped lead the Ice to the USHL semifinals in 2007, and his 22 goals were a key part of a division title the following year. Skjodt is one of several second-generation players to play for Indianapolis teams, as his father Charlie was a longtime player for the Checkers and also coach of the Indiana Ice. After playing with the Ice, he played two seasons at Nebraska-Omaha and another at UW-Stevens Point. He also has coached at Arizona State University. A native of Carmel, he is 30.
Chris DeSousa: Fuel forward in 2014-15 and again briefly in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He signed with the team after finishing his college career at the University of Prince Edward Island, and scored in his first professional game. He had seven goals and nine assists in 20 games with the Fuel his rookie campaign, then signed with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in the summer of 2015. He has eight goals and 12 assists in 25 ECHL games with the Fuel, as well as 11 goals and seven assists in 103 AHL games with Rockford. He is currently playing in Austria. A native of Missassauga, Ont., he is 27.