Happy birthday to former Checker and Iceman Bob Lakso, who was one of the leaders of the IHL Checkers and the first-year Ice as a goal-scorer. Lakso scored 144 goals and tallied 156 assists in those four seasons -- 1984-87 for the Checkers and 1988-89 with the Ice. Lakso had a 41-goal season in 1985-86, and had his best scoring season with a 39-55-94 effort the next year. When he returned to Indy in 1988 as part of the inaugural Ice squad, he was one of the leading scorers along with ex-Checker Ron Handy, but amazingly only took 10 PIMs on a team that set IHL records for taking penalties. He was a part of Minnesota-Duluth's national runner-up team in 1984 that played in the longest NCAA title game in history -- before falling to Bowling Green in 4OT -- and also played for the AHL's Springfield Indians, the IHL's Milwaukee Admirals and played for the Fort Wayne Komets from 1989-93. A native of Aurora, MN, Bob is celebrating his 49th birthday.
Also, happy birthday to Aaron Smith, who played four games for the CHL Ice in 2003-04. The Madison, WI native is 32 years old, and was scoreless with the Ice.
3: Bob Lakso (Chex 84-87, Ice 88-89). Aurora, MN 1962
3: Aaron Smith (Ice 03-04), Madison, WI 1979