Five birthdays to honor today
Monty Reynolds: Goalie who played one game for the Chiefs in 1960-61, allowing three goals. He played over a span of 19 years, primarily in the IHL, but also with stints in Britain and in Ontario senior hockey. Reynolds was most active as a player prior to 1954, and did spot duty after that. While playing for the Windsor Bulldogs in senior hockey, he became known for beating a touring Soviet team in 1963 -- the only loss it suffered on its North American tour that year. A native of Windsor, Ont., he was born in 1927 and passed away in 2007.
Alain Nasreddine: Rugged defenseman who played 124 games for the Ice from 1996-98, tallying one goal, 14 assists and 506 penalty minutes. He helped anchor the blueline for the Ice's 1997 division championship team. He was dealt to Montreal partway through the 1998-99 season. He spent the majority of his 15-year pro career in the IHL/AHL, but did play 74 NHL games in several short stints for the Blackhawks, Islanders, Canadiens and Penguins. He played in the AHL Calder Cup Finals with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in both 2004 and 2008. Today, he is an assistant coach for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, a job he took upon retiring in 2010. A native of Montreal, he is 36.
Jay Cascalenda: Defenseman who played all 60 games for the Ice in their inaugural 2004-05 USHL season. He had one goal and 18 assists, and parlayed that into a four-year career at Minnesota-Duluth. He began playing professionally in 2009 and has played 102 ECHL games in South Carolina and Bakersfield since, with four goals and 17 assists. A native of West St. Paul, Minn., he is 26.
Kyle Lundey: Winger who played 26 games for the Ice in 2005-06, totaling two goals and two assists. He would also play briefly for NAHL St. Louis the following year. A native of Madison, Wis., he is 23.
John Mitchell: Forward who played 14 games for the Ice in the 2005-06 season -- a year he split with the Green Bay Gamblers. He had a goal and an assist for the Ice that year. He went on to play four years at the University of Wisconsin, tallying a 15-11-26 line his junior year of 2008-09. Upon graduating, he joined the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. He had nine goals and 10 assists for Syracuse as a rookie this past season, and also played three games for ECHL Elmira. A native of Neenah, Wis., he is 25.