Friday, May 13, 2011

Today in history: May 13

A big day for Ice birthdays
Petri Varis: Winger who played 77 games for the Ice in 1997-98, totaling 18 goals and 54 assists. He also totaled three goals and four assists in the Ice's five-game loss to Orlando in the playoffs that year. That would be the Finland native's only year in North America -- he also played one game with the Blackhawks -- as he would return to Europe and play in Germany in 1998, and continue to play for 11 more years, primarily with Jokerit Helsinki in Finland. A native of Varkaus, Finland, he is 42.
Jamie Allison: Defenseman who played three games with the Ice in 1998-99, scoring one goal in the team's final IHL season. He spent the majority of that year in Chicago, where he played 39 games with the parent Blackhawks. Allison was a second-round pick of the Calgary Flames in 1993, and made his NHL debut with Calgary in 1994-95. Allison scored seven goals in 372 NHL games with Calgary, Chicago, Columbus, Nashville and Florida between 1994-2006. A native of Lindsay, Ontario, he is 36.
Chad Spurr: Winger who joined the Ice at the end of the 2000-01 season after finishing his play at the University of PEI in Canada. He had a goal and four assists in seven games, then also had an assist in three postseason games that year. Spurr played five more years in the minors, with Charlotte and PeeDee of the ECHL and Bossier-Shreveport in the CHL in a handful of stints. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, he is 32.
Jim Shepherd: Winger who played 23 games for the Ice in 2003-04, their final CHL season. He had five goals and 10 assists, and also added a goal and an assist in the postseason. Shepherd was a minor-league veteran, playing for several ECHL, CHL and IHL teams from 1999-05, and then went to Europe to play four seasons after his stint with the Ice. A native of Kingston, Ontario, he is 34.
Michael Bernardy: Defenseman who played one game for the Ice in 2006-07. A native of Sandy, Utah, he is 25.

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