Monday, June 20, 2011

Today in history: June 20

Another birthday post ... from one of the original Caps to a current Ice player
Alex Motter: A defenseman who played 17 games for the Capitals in their first two seasons, scoring five goals and four assists in the 1939-40 season, and playing one scoreless game the following year. Motter came to the Caps in the midst of an NHL career that began with the Boston Bruins in 1934-35 and included a stint with the Red Wings through 1943, when he left pro hockey to serve in the military. He helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1943. After the war, he played three more AHL seasons before retiring in 1948. A native of Melville, Saskatchewan, he was born in 1913 and passed away in 1996. 
Chris Pusey: Checkers goaltender in their final season of 1986-87, playing six games. He is notable for playing one game with the Red Wings in the previous season -- a one-game NHL player, allowing three third-period goals in a 40-minute stint against the Chicago Blackhawks, substituting for the injured Eddie Mio. Pusey played the rest of the year with AHL Adirondack, and played the 1986-87 season in Adirondack, Indianapolis and ECHL Winston-Salem. He played professionally through 1992, and then played senior hockey -- not as a goaltender, but a defenseman. Pusey is a native of Brantford, Ontario. He is 46. 
Chris Darnell: Forward who played 10 games for the Ice in 2007-08, tallying one goal and one assist. He then played two seasons with the Owatonna Express of the NAHL. He was ranked 150th among North American skaters in 2008 by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. A native of Barboursville, Virginia, Chris is 22.
Daniil Tarasov: Forward who played for the Ice this past season and was one of the highest-scoring players in the USHL. He had 37 goals and 38 assists this past season, joining linemates Blake Coleman and Brian Ferlin to finish 1-2-3 in USHL scoring. He led the USHL in goals and was second in both points and plus/minus. He was chosen to the USHL All-Rookie Team. Tarasov also had six playoff points in five games. He came to North America in 2009-10 and played in the International Junior Hockey League on Cape Cod, and broke into the USHL by playing two games for Waterloo. Tarasov is a native of Moscow, Russia, and is 20 today.

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