Thursday, June 9, 2011

Today in history: June 10

Slightly early on this one, but three birthdays to celebrate

Leo Gravelle: "The Gazelle" played 15 games for the Capitals in 1950-51 at the tail end of his professional career. He had four goals and six assists in that time, a year he split between the Caps and the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings. Gravelle scored 44 goals in 223 NHL games between 1946-51, playing all but 18 of those with Montreal. He was considered to be one of the fastest skaters in NHL history. After that 1950-51 season, he played several years of senior hockey in Ottawa, and settled in nearby Gatineau, Quebec. A native of Aylmer, Quebec, he is 86. He has a very extensive bio and more on his website (in French) at
Charlie Skjodt: A distinguished player, coach and executive in Indianapolis over three decades, Charlie played two stints with the Checkers from 1979-82 in the CHL and again from 1984-86 in the IHL. He also has served two stints as coach of the USHL Ice, leading them to a division title in 2007-08 and coaching the highest-scoring team in the league in 2010-11. He recently was promoted to team president. As a player, Charlie played 365 games over five seasons with the Checkers, winning the Adams Cup championship in 1982. He had two goals and two assists in the postseason that year, following up a 40-goal, 95-point regular season. After two seasons in CHL Salt Lake and AHL Adirondack, Charlie returned for a 33-goal season in 1984-85 and a 93-point year in 1985-86. Overall, he is the second-leading scorer in Indianapolis hockey history, tallying 376 points over his career. Only Checkers teammate Garth MacGuigan has put up more points in an Indianapolis hockey uniform. His 148 goals rank fourth, his 228 assists rank third in Indianapolis hockey history overall. He began his coaching career as an assistant to Ron Ullyot with the Checkers in 1986-87. As a coach, he led the Ice to a 39-15-6 record in 2007-08 and a 37-19-4 mark this past season. He is also one of a handful of father-and-son combos to pull on a hockey jersey in Indianapolis, as his son Jake played for the Ice from 2006-08 and played with his father as head coach. A native of Toronto, he is 55.
Ryan Peckskamp: Forward who tallied 27 goals and 26 assists over 115 games with the Ice from 2004-06 -- the team's first two USHL campaigns. He went on from there to play four years at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and currently resides in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. A native of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, he is 26.

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