Two birthdays today:
Jeff Ricciardi: Defenseman who played 135 games for the Ice from 1993-95, totaling five goals, 31 assists and 494 penalty minutes. He is the 12th most penalized player to pull on a uniform in Indianapolis, and his 307 PIM season in 1993-94 ranks sixth in IHL Ice history and eighth in Indianapolis history. Ricciardi went on to play two more years in the IHL with the Las Vegas Thunder and Manitoba Moose, and embarked on an 11-year career in Europe in the German and Italian leagues, retiring after the 2007-08 season. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, he now runs a hockey camp in his hometown. He is 40.
Gerry Skrypec: Played 14 games for the Ice in 1994-95, splitting the season between Indianapolis and ECHL Columbus. He had one goal and 27 PIMs in those 14 games. He was a sixth-round pick of the Blackhawks in 1994 and came to the Ice/Chill out of junior. That would be his only professional hockey season. A native of Kitchener, Ontario, he is 37.