Sunday, May 22, 2011

Today in history: May 22

Lots of birthdays:
George Patterson: Right wing who joined the Capitals in the 1942-43 season and helped lead them to the Calder Cup Finals, where they would fall to Buffalo. He was at the end of a long career that began with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1926, and spanned 299 NHL games with Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Detroit, the St. Louis Eagles and the New York Americans. "Paddy" is best known for scoring the first goal in Toronto Maple Leafs history -- at least after they changed their name from St. Patrick's. He played his last NHL game in 1935, but played another decade in the minors. A native of Kingston, Ontario, he was born in 1906. He passed away in 1977. 
Jim Playfair: Defenseman who played three years for the Ice from 1989-92, and was a key part of the 1990 Turner Cup championship team. In 113 games in black and silver, he totaled 11 goals and 29 assists, including a 7-24-37 (and 131 PIM) line during the 1989-90 championship season. He also had a goal and five assists in the playoffs. He broke into pro hockey with the Edmonton Oilers in 1983-84, and later played 19 games with Chicago from 1987-89. He was the Oilers' first-round pick (20th overall) in 1982. After he finished playing, he began coaching the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL in 1993, and has been behind the bench ever since. He won the Calder Cup with the Saint John Flames in 2002, and was the Calgary Flames' head coach in 2006-07, and an assistant with the Flames from 2002-09. The last two seasons, he has been the head coach of the AHL's Abbotsford Heat. A native of Fort St. James, B.C., he is 47.
Barrie Moore: Left wing who played 43 games and totaled 9-10-19 for the Ice in 1998-99, their final IHL season. He played 14 professional seasons, mostly in the minors, although he did play 39 NHL games, primarily with Buffalo (1995-97), although he also played a handful of games with Edmonton and Washington. He began playing in Britain in 2000, and after returning to the States in 2001, he played primarily in the ECHL and UHL before returning to Britain in 2005. His best pro season was 2003-04, where he had 23 goals and 36 assists for ECHL Columbia. A native of London, Ontario, he is 36.
Dan Cousineau: Defenseman who was a key part of the Ice's 2000 Miron Cup championship team. He played 192 games for the CHL Ice from 1999-2002, totaling 10 goals and 57 assists (and 268 PIMs), one of several Ohio State grads to take a position on the team. He went on to play two more seasons with the San Diego Gulls. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, he is 36. 
Marc Suderman: Forward who played five games for the Ice after finishing his collegiate career with Providence College in 2002-03. He had an assist in those five games, which were his only pro experience. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, he is 34.
Will Aide: Energetic forward on this year's Ice squad, he had six goals and nine assists and a team-high 142 PIMs in 53 games. A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, he is 21.

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