Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Today in history: June 12-14

Catching up on a few days of Today in History birthdays as it relates to hockey in our great city:

June 12
Jeff Cooper: Goaltender who played 10 games with the Ice in their first two seasons -- nine in 1988-89 and one more then following year. He had a 3-6-0 record and a 4.06 GAA in black and silver. The Colgate grad played five minor-league seasons for AHL Baltimore and New Haven and IHL Muskegon, Saginaw and Indianapolis. His game with the Ice in 1990 was his final pro game. A native of Ottawa, he is 49.
Greg Olsen: Forward who played 63 games for the Ice in 2002-03, totaling 11 goals and 16 assists. It was the last of four pro seasons for Olsen, who had 52 goals with UHL Elmira the previous two years. Olsen also had a pair of playoff goals for the Ice that season. A native of Calgary, he is 36.
Chris Martin: A forward who has played 103 games for the Ice over the last two seasons, totaling 18 goals and 16 assists in the regular season and a goal and two assists in 10 playoff appearances. Martin is committed to play at St. Lawrence University next year. A native of Kanata, Ontario, he is 20.

June 13
Nick Deutz: One of the original Ice players, he was drafted by the team in 2004 and played 33 games for the Ice in 2004-05, totaling four goals and four assists. He split the year between Indiana and NAHL Billings. The next year, he played 36 games for Sioux Falls. A native of Moorhead, Minnesota, he is 26.
Alexander Kuqali: A defenseman for the Ice the past two seasons, where he has tallied one goal and 17 assists over 83 games. He also has a goal and two assists in 14 playoff appearances. A native of Pittsburgh, he is 20.

June 14
Johnny Wilson: A high-scoring winger who played 112 games for the Capitals from 1950-52, netting a 34-goal, 55-point season in 1950-51. He had 25 goals in just 42 games the next year, which he split between AHL Indianapolis and NHL Detroit. In total, he had 59 goals and 35 assists for the Caps, which launched him into a long NHL career that included 688 games with the Red Wings, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs and Rangers. He had 161 goals and 171 assists in the NHL, and won the Stanley Cup in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955.  In 1950, he only played one regular-season game for the Red Wings, but suited up in all eight postseason games. After retiring, he began a long coaching career that included the AHL Calder Cup in 1971 with the Springfield Kings and stints as an NHL head coach with the Kings (1969-70), Red Wings (1971-73), Rockies (1976-77) and Penguins (1977-80), as well as two years in the WHA with the Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades and Cleveland Crusaders. His NHL/WHA coaching record was 243-335-98. A native of Kincardine, Ontario, he is 82. His brother Larry Wilson was his teammate both of his years with the Caps, and his nephew Ron Wilson is a longtime NHL head coach and has coached the United States national team.
Joel Rechlicz: A winger who played two games for the Ice in the 2005-06 season and is one of two USHL Ice players who have graduated to the NHL. He began playing professionally with the UHL Chicago Hounds the year after leaving the Ice, and has played 23 games with the New York Islanders between 2008-10. He has recorded triple-digit PIMs in all but one of his pro seasons, despite playing more than 50 games in a year only once. He played this past season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. A native of Brookfield, Wisconsin, he is 24.

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