Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Today in history: July 12

Two birthdays to post: 
Pete Leswick: Right wing who was a big scorer for the Capitals from 1944-46. He had 29 goals each year, totaling 68 points in 1944-45 and 81 the following season -- for a total line of 58-91-149 in 114 games. He also had two goals and an assist in eight playoff games those two seasons. He left the Caps to play four seasons for the Cleveland Barons, where he tallied at least 30 goals each campaign. He was an AHL Second Team All-Star with the Caps in 1945 and a First Team All-Star the following year. He also had First-Team status three times with Cleveland. His brother Tony Leswick would become the Indianapolis Capitols coach in 1963. Pete also played three NHL games with the New York Americans (in 1936-37) and Boston Bruins (in 1944-45), scoring one goal. A native of Saskatoon, he was born in 1917 and passed away in June 2005. 

Chris Snell: High-scoring defenseman for the Ice in 1996-97, where he tallied 22 goals and 45 assists in 73 games. He also had 130 PIMs. Snell helped lead the Ice to a division title that season. Prior to joining the Ice, he played 34 NHL games with the Kings and Maple Leafs. He had two shorthanded goals in the NHL in 1994-95, the only defenseman in the league to do so. He moved to Europe the following year and played six seasons in Germany before retiring in 2003. A native of Regina, Sask., he is 40. 

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