Saturday, June 11, 2011

Today in history: June 11

Birthdays on this date in Indianapolis hockey history:
Hec Kilrea: A right wing who played four seasons with the Capitals from 1939-43. He was part of the original Caps team and the 1942 Calder Cup champions. He played 198 games for the Caps, totaling 33 goals and 50 assists. After his career with the Caps, he served in the United States Army in World War II, earning the Distinguished Service Cross, a Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre. Kilrea came to the Caps after a long NHL career that began in the 1925-26 season with the Ottawa Senators. He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and two stints with the Detroit Falcons/Red Wings. He tallied 167 goals in 633 NHL games. He won the Stanley Cup with Ottawa in 1927 and with Detroit in 1936 and 1937. He assisted on Mud Bruneteau's goal that ended the longest NHL game in history. Hec's brother Ken Kilrea also was his Capitals teammate for much of his time here, and he played with both Ken and brother Wally Kilrea in Detroit. His nephew Brian Kilrea is notable as a longtime junior coach in Canada. A native of Blackburn, Ontario, Hec was born in 1907. He passed away in 1969. 
Lorne Molleken: A goaltender who served two stints with the Checkers as a backup, in the 1981-82 season and again in 1983-84. In the first year, the Chex were balancing Rob Holland and Kelly Hrudey, in the second, Holland and Todd Lumbard. He also started Game 3 of the 1984 Adams Cup Finals, a series in which the Checkers were eventually swept. Upon retiring as a player, Molleken began a long coaching career, primarily in the Western Hockey League. He was both a head coach and an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1998-2000, compiling an 18-21-8 record as head coach. He currently serves as general manager and head coach of the WHL's Saskatoon Blades in Canadian Major Junior. The Blades were WHL regular season champs this year. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, he is 55.  
Kip Miller: Center for the Ice from 1995-97, playing 110 games. He had 49 goals and 83 assists in that time, and also had 14 points in nine playoff games those two years. With 32 goals and 59 assists, he led the Ice in scoring in 1995-96. He was a veteran player who broke into the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques in 1990-91 -- shortly after graduating from Michigan State and winning the Hobey Baker Award as the best college hockey player in the country. He followed with the North Stars, Sharks, Islanders, Blackhawks, Penguins, Ducks and Capitals through 2004. He finished his career playing three AHL seasons with Grand Rapids and Chicago. He had 74 NHL goals in 449 games. A native of Lansing, Michigan, he is 42.
Bryan Fogarty: Defenseman who played 36 games for the Ice in 1998-99, totaling 7 goals and 15 assists. Once considered one of the greatest junior hockey players in Canadian history, Fogarty was chosen ninth overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1987, and totaled a 155-point season in his final junior year of 1988-89. He had 31 points in the NHL with the Nordiques the next year, and split each of the next six seasons between the NHL and the minor leagues. After his stint in Indianapolis, he played two more years in Europe and in the low minors. In total, he played 156 NHL games. Born in Montreal in 1969, he grew up in Brantford, Ontario. He passed away in 2002.

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