Monday, May 30, 2011

Today in history: May 30

Please remember those who have served our nation on this Memorial Day.

Some birthdays:
Archie Wilder: Left wing who played in 65 games with the Capitals from 1939-41, and was part of the inaugural Capitals team. He had 13 goals and 15 assists in a blue-and-white Caps uniform. He also played part of the 1940-41 season with the Red Wings, his only NHL action. He totaled two assists. After his brief two-year professional stint, he played senior hockey in Saskatoon and Calgary through 1952. He is also a World War II veteran. A native of Melville, Saskatchewan, he was born in 1917. He passed away in 2002.
Bob Cox: Center who played for the short-lived 1963 Capitols team. He had a goal and two assists in the eight games the team was known as the Capitols, and ended up with a 16-goal season after the team moved to Cincinnati to finish out the year. He would play three years after that in the "AA"-level USHL. A native of Kimberley, B.C., he is 70.
Vern Smith: Defenseman who joined the Indianapolis Checkers from junior as a playoff-only player in 1984 after playing for New Westminster in the WHL. He was the Islanders' second-round pick in 1982. He played seven playoff games, then got his NHL break the next year when he suited up for one Islanders game. He spent five years in AHL Springfield -- the Isles' top affiliate after the CHL folded in 1984 -- before suiting up for several other CHL and IHL teams and retiring from hockey in 1992. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, he is 47.
David Hymovitz: "Hymo" was a left wing who had a breakout season with the Ice in their final 1998-99 year, but played three seasons with the Ice after graduating from Boston College. He began his pro career primarily playing with ECHL Columbus in 1996, but suited up for six Ice games. He played the next two full seasons in Indy. He totaled 57 goals and 46 assists in 147 Ice games, and also had a 3-4-7 line in 11 postseason games over those three seasons. His best year was 1998-99, in which he tallied 46 goals and 30 assists and helped lead the Ice to their first playoff series victory in nine years. After the Ice dropped a level in 1999, he played with Houston, Lowell, Grand Rapids, Binghamton ad Manchester of the AHL and UHL Richmond, Danbury and Elmira, retiring in 2007. He had a 100-point season with Richmond in 2004-05 -- his highest-scoring season. His 1999 Ice season was his only 40-goal season as a pro. A native of Randolph, Mass., he is 37. Today, he lives and works in the Boston area.

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