October 25 in Indianapolis hockey history
1944: The Capitals beat Hershey 7-3, but the game is later forfeited because Ted Lindsay played in that game and was immediately called back up to Detroit. AHL rules required players sent down from the NHL had to be in the league for two weeks before being called up. Judd McAtee’s four-goal game taken off the books. It would be the only game played by “Terrible Ted” in a Capitals uniform. Tony Bukovich has three assists in the game, too.
1945: With Capitals goaltender Floyd Perras being hurt, Tom Wilson is assigned to the Caps from Detroit and immediately makes an impact. He needs to make just 10 saves in an 8-0 shutout of the Providence Reds. Gerry Brown has a goal and three assists, while Pete Leswick, Les Douglas and Norm McAtee have two goals each.
1951: Vic Stasiuk has a hat trick and adds an assist, and Alex Delvecchio has three assists as the Caps beat Providence 6-5 in overtime. Bert Hischfeld scores his second goal of the game two minutes into overtime to win it. Glenn Hall makes 31 saves for the victory. After the game, Delvecchio is called up to the Red Wings, where he would be a part of the team for 1,549 games and 22 seasons. He had three goals and six assists in his six games with the Caps.
1979: The Checkers’ first-ever loss is a 1-0 shutout at the hands of Jim Craig and the U.S. Olympic Team in Chicago. Craig stops 28 shots to outduel Jim Park, who makes 32 saves. Dave Silk scores the lone goal for the future gold medalists.
1985: Pat Ribble has a hand in all four Checkers goals as they beat Milwaukee 4-2. He has two goals and two assists against former Checkers goalie Todd Lumbard.
1995: James Black tallies a hat trick and adds an assist in a 9-2 Ice thrashing of Milwaukee at MSA. Kip Miller scores twice. Ethan Moreau has two goals and an assist. Dan Gauthier adds three assists.
2008: Stanislav Galiev and Brent Gwidt score power play goals 34 seconds apart in the second period of a 4-2 Ice win in Sioux Falls. Chris Stafne also scores two goals.
Happy birthday to …
Don Murdoch: Right wing for the Checkers in 1985-86. He had four goals and three assists in his 11-game stint with the team. The sixth overall pick in the 1976 NHL Draft, Murdoch quickly made a splash in the NHL, scoring 32 goals as a rookie in 1976-77 and following it up with 27 goals the following year for the Rangers. He had 15 goals in a half-season the following year, but he followed with 28 in 1979-80, a year split between the Rangers and Edmonton Oilers. He split the next two seasons between the NHL — with Edmonton and Detroit — and the minors. Murdoch played 320 NHL games, with 121 goals and 116 assists. He played in the 1979 Stanley Cup Final with the Rangers, scoring seven goals in the playoffs that year. In 1981, he had 17 playoff goals for Wichita and won the CHL’s playoff MVP award despite playing for the losing team. After 1982, played in the AHL for Adirondack, the CHL for Montana and the IHL with Muskegon, the Checkers and Toledo before retiring in 1986. He remained in the game as a scout, and coached the ECHL Louisiana IceGators to the league finals in 2000. A native of Cranbrook, BC, he is 61.
Zac Boyer: Right wing for the Ice from 1992-94. In 113 games, he had 20 goals and 26 assists for the team, as well as 93 penalty minutes. He came to the Ice as a professional rookie after being drafted in the fourth round by the Blackhawks in 1991 — and after scoring the Memorial Cup-winning goal for the Kamloops Blazers the previous spring. He was dealt to the Stars in 1994, and played three NHL games for Dallas the following two years. He was a regular 20-goal scorer in the IHL and WCHL, and also played in Europe. He retired after the 2002-03 season and settled in North Carolina. A native of Invuik, Northwest Territories, he is 46.
Nick Mattson: Defenseman for the Ice from 2009-11 who returned to Indy as a member of the Fuel in 2015-16. A strong blueliner, he played 108 games for the Ice, with 11 goals and 44 assists. He was a plus-33 in the 2010-11 season. He also played 14 playoff games for the Ice, with eight assists. He was the USHL’s Defenseman of the Year in 2010-11. Mattson was chosen by the Blackhawks in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, and completed a four-year career at the University of North Dakota in 2015, where he played for former Indianapolis Ice player Dave Hakstol. In his two-year pro career, he had two goals and 29 assists in 111 ECHL games with the Fuel, and a goal and six assists in 19 AHL games with Rockford. A native of Chanhassen, Minn., he is 26.