Friday, May 13, 2011

Today in history: May 12

We had an issue yesterday with Blogger, and could not post anything for about 24 hours, so two Today in History posts today.

May 12

1990: The Ice are on the brink of a championship when Mike Stapleton scores on a penalty shot with 16 seconds left to tie the game, and then Mike McNeill scores in OT to clinch a 5-4 victory at Muskegon. The Ice lead the Turner Cup Finals 3-0. 
2000: The Ice clinch the Miron Cup – their first championship in 10 years – with a stellar 3-0 victory over Columbus in Game 7. Blaz Emersic scores the Cup-clinching goal, and Jamie Morris posts his second shutout – both in clinching games – of the playoffs.
2007: In overtime, the Ice drop a 3-2 decision to Sioux Falls in the USHL semifinals at Waterloo. Jake Skjodt and Garrett Roe score to give the Ice a 2-1 lead going into the third, but Sioux Falls rallies and wins it 4:47 into OT.

Warren Rychel: A legendary enforcer for the Ice from 1989-91 who also was a big goal-scorer. He totaled 56 goals and 46 assists in 145 games with the Ice in those two seasons, including a 33-goal season in 1990's Turner Cup championship year. He also had 722 PIMs in those years. He was called up to Chicago and had a goal and three assists in the postseason in three games in 1991. After his stint in Indy -- his third minor-league season -- Rychel spent one more year in the minors before getting the callup with the Los Angeles Kings in 1992-93, where he was a part of the Kings' Stanley Cup finalist that year, scoring six playoff goals. He also won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996. He would play 406 NHL games from 1988-99 with the Blackhawks, Kings, Maple Leafs, Avalanche and Ducks. A native of Tecumseh, Ontario, he is 44 today.
Dave Christian: A player who came to the Ice at the end of an outstanding NHL career, he scored eight goals and had 18 assists in 40 games for the Ice in 1993-94. He was a part of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic team, totaling eight assists in the Olympics that year, and went straight into the NHL that season with the Winnipeg Jets. He would play 15 NHL seasons with the Jets, Capitals, Bruins, Blues and Blackhawks, and after his stint in Indy -- which was split with Chicago that season -- Christian would play two more seasons with his homestate Minnesota Moose in the IHL. He had 340 goals and 773 points in 1,009 NHL games over those seasons. He had 10 20-goal seasons in the NHL, with a high of 41 goals with Washington in 1985-86. He played in the 1990 Stanley Cup Final with the Bruins, and scored eight playoff goals for the Bruins in 1991 as they advanced to the Wales Conference Final, and was an NHL All-Star that season. He was a second-generation Olympian -- his father, Bill, played on the 1960 gold medal-winning U.S. hockey team, and again for the United States in 1964. His family also owns the Christian hockey stick company. He is a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. A native of Warroad, Minnesota, he is 52.

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