Thursday, April 14, 2011

Today in history: April 15

Looking back on the day in Indianapolis hockey history. 

1991: Brian Noonan scores the game-winner, as the Ice beat Fort Wayne 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-7 first-round series (1991). 

Two perennial Icemen in the birthdays today. 

Sergei Krivokrasov: A #1 pick of the Blackhawks in 1992 -- the 12th pick overall -- "Krivo" spent much of his rookie season in North American pro hockey in Indy, and tore things up, scoring 36 goals and tallying 33 assists in 78 games, along with 157 PIMs, and added three goals in the Ice's first-round loss to Atlanta in the postseaon. He would play for the Ice from 1992-96 -- splitting time with Chicago in each of those seasons -- before earning a permanent callup in 1996-97. He scored 71 goals and 83 assists and totaled 371 PIMs in 169 games with the Ice. He played 450 NHL games with five teams -- Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville, Calgary and Anaheim -- from 1992-2002, and continued to play in Russia through 2008. A native of Angarsk, Russia, he is 37 today. 

Jim Waite: A #8 overall pick of the Blackhawks in 1987, Waite was the backstop for a lot of the IHL era, Waite arrived in Indy in 1989-90 and led the Ice to the Turner Cup in his first season, posting a 34-14-4 record and a 2.53 GAA, and he would be in net for 10 playoff games in that postseason. In 1991, he posted a 3.47 GAA in 49 games, splitting time with Dominik Hasek and Ray LeBlanc. After two seasons as an NHL backup in Chicago and San Jose, Waite returned to the Ice at the end of the 1994-95 season and would play the next two full seasons in Indy. He would play 217 games for the Ice in parts of six seasons from 1989-97, winning 116 games and leading the team to a Turner Cup title in 1990 and a division championship in 1997. A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, he is now 42.

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