October 23 in Indianapolis hockey history
1941: The Capitals open the 1941-42 season with an exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Coliseum. Joe Turner is solid in goal, but Sid Abel scores in overtime to give the Wings a 5-4 victory in front of 4,000 fans.
1949: Terry Sawchuk makes 26 saves to post his fourth shutout as a Capital and the second of the season in a 7-0 win over Pittsburgh. Don Morrison has two goals and two assists. Doug McKay and Pat Lundy score twice each, and the Caps convert four times on the power play.
1975: Andy Brown stops 35 Houston shots to record his first shutout of the season and the third of his Racers career, 4-0 over the Houston Aeros at MSA. Bob Whitlock has a goal and two assists and Reggie Thomas scores twice.
1982: One night after being shut out, Red Laurence scores at 5:51 of the third period to break a nine-game losing streak in Salt Lake. The Checkers won 5-3. Scott Howson has three assists and a goal. Kelly Hrudey makes 32 saves for the win.
1988: The Ice score four goals on 22 shots to chase Mike Richter after 27 minutes, and then have to hold on to beat Denver 4-3. Paul Houck, Brent Sapergia, Glen Johannesen and Ron Handy score the Ice’s goals.
1999: The first CHL home game for the Ice nets a crowd of 8,037 at the Coliseum and a 6-3 win over Memphis. Benoit Cassan scores the game-winning goal. The Ice also launch a record 29 shots on goal in one period.
2010: Daniil Tarasov and Dan Cesarz score 11 seconds apart in the first 2:01 of the game to give the Ice a 2-0 lead. Chris Martin adds a shorthanded goal just over two minutes later, but host Muskegon rallies and beats the Ice 5-4 in a shootout.
Happy birthday to …
“Sugar Jim” Henry: Capitals goaltender in the 1950-51 season. He went 37-19-2 between the pipes in 58 games, with a 3.44 GAA. He also started all three playoff games that year. In a day when only six goaltenders played in the NHL at any given time, Henry split time between the NHL and the minors throughout much of his career. He started 48 games for the New York Rangers as a rookie in 1941-42, a year after winning the Allan Cup given to Canada’s senior hockey champion. He played senior hockey and for service teams during the war, winning the Allan Cup again in 1943. Henry returned to the NHL in 1945-46 and split the next three years between the Rangers and the AHL. He played the full 1948-49 season for the Blackhawks, then after a season in the USHL, was traded to the Red Wings in 1950 for Harry Lumley and several other players, bringing him to the Caps. After his one season in Indy, Henry found a home in Boston, where he played the next three and a half seasons with the Bruins. He was an NHL Second Team All-Star in 1952, and played in the 1953 Stanley Cup Final. He played his last NHL game in 1954-55, but continued to play senior hockey through 1960. He is a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. A native of Winnipeg, he was born in 1920. He passed away in 2004 at age 83.
Larry Wilson: Capitals center in the team’s final two seasons, from 1950-52. In 115 games with the Caps, he had 31 goals and 63 assists. He led the team with 40 assists in 1951-52. Wilson had a long career, primarily in the minor pro ranks. He made his NHL debut as a rookie, playing one regular season and four playoff games with the Red Wings in 1950 and getting his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. He primarily played the next two years with the Caps and split time with Detroit. In 1953, he went to Chicago and played the next two full seasons with the Blackhawks. Early in the 1955-56 season, he went back to the AHL and played the next 13 seasons for the Buffalo Bisons, tallying six consecutive 20-goal seasons. In 1968, he became the Dayton Gems’ player-coach for two seasons, and won the IHL’s Turner Cup title both years. Wilson retired as a player in 1970 but continued to coach in the AHL, and briefly in 1976-77, in the NHL with the Red Wings. He coached his final two years with the Wings’ CHL affiliate in Kansas City. A midseason replacement, his team went 3-29-4 in Detroit. He was the brother of former Capitals player and longtime NHL/AHL coach Johnny Wilson. He also is the father of longtime NHL coach Ron Wilson. A native of Kincardine, Ont., he was born in 1930. He passed away in 1979.