Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Today in history: July 13

One birthday today
Kevin Conway: Right wing who played 29 games for the Checkers in 1986-87, tallying 11 goals and eight assists. It was his third North American pro season, all spent in the IHL. He spent the previous season in Britain, and then went back across the pond at the end of the 1986-87 season and remained for a long career. He played 18 more seasons on the British Isles, briefly retiring in 2004 at age 40. He came out of retirement two years later to play in Scotland, and played two seasons for the Solway Sharks. He was a huge scorer in Britain, with a 148 goal, 104 assist season in 1987-88. He had a 129-98-227 line in 1985-86 prior to returning to the States to play for the Checkers. All told, he had four 100-goal seasons and two more with at least 80 goals in Britain. Conway is a member of the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. His number 10 was retired by the Basingstroke Bison, for whom he tallied 950 points between 1991-98. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, he is 48.

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