Friday, May 6, 2011

Today in history: May 6

2009: The Ice score three goals in a 44 second span of the first period, with Shane Berschbach, Ben Albertson and Max Cook doing the honors. Mike Cichy later adds two goals in a dominant 6-0 victory that puts the team on the cusp of a title, with a 2-1 series lead in the Clark Cup Finals. Brett Bennett makes 20 saves. 

Bob Bassen: Like yesterday's birthday celebrant (and his 1989-90 Ice teammate) Mike Stapleton, Bob was a second-generation Indianapolis hockey player. His father Hank was a goaltender for the short-lived Capitols team in 1963 -- nearly two years before Bob was born. Bassen had played five NHL seasons -- three and change with the Islanders before being traded to the Blackhawks in 1988 -- before coming to the Ice in 1989-90. He spent much of that season in Indy, totaling a 22-32-54 line with 179 PIMs on one of the deepest minor-league rosters this city has seen. He also had 11 playoff points in helping the Ice win the Turner Cup that year. A center, Bassen would be claimed by the St. Louis Blues in the waiver draft the summer after his year in Indianapolis, and he would spend 10 more years in the NHL with the Blues, Nordiques, Stars and Flames. All told, he played 765 NHL games over 15 seasons from 1985-2000, scored 88 goals and had 1,004 PIMs. Today, he lives in suburban Dallas. A native of Calgary, he is 46 today. 
Cheyne Lazar: Winger who played four games and registered one assist with the inaugural CHL Ice squad in 1999-2000. He had scored 17 goals for the San Antonio Iguanas the year before. Those two seasons would comprise the RIT grad's professional career. A native of Montreal, he is 37.

1 comment:

  1. I believe Bobby Bassen won a Stanley Cup with Dallas. He is one of 4 players from the 1989-90 Ice that went on to win the Stanley Cup. Mike Stapleton with Pittsburgh, Brian Noonan with the Rangers and Warren Rychel with Colorado are the others.