Two birthdays to celebrate today
Randy Taylor: Defenseman who played 44 games for the Ice in their inaugural 1988-89 year, tallying two goals and 15 assists. The Harvard grad spent that year between the Ice and Flint. He played most of the following year with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, who would fall to the Ice in the Turner Cup Finals. Taylor played three pro seasons -- splitting 1987-88 between Muskegon and Peoria. All but seven of those games were played in the IHL. A native of Cornwall, Ontario, he is 46.
Dave Hakstol: Defenseman for the Ice who joined the team upon finishing his college career at North Dakota in 1992. He played 35 games for the Ice in 1991-92, and in total played 168 games through the 1994 season. He had six goals and 21 assists for the Ice, in addition to 162 PIMs. He played two seasons for the Minnesota Moose after that stint in Indianapolis, serving as team captain. Upon retirement in 1996, he became the USHL Sioux City Musketeers' head coach, beginning a long coaching career. He became the associate head coach to Dean Blais at his alma mater, North Dakota, in 2000, and the head coach in 2004. His teams have a 187-92-27 record and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament seven times, and the Frozen Four five times. The Sioux were runners-up in 2005, his first year as a head coach. He has been named a USHL and WCHA Coach of the Year. He currently coaches ex-Ice players Mike Cichy, Brett Bruneteau and Ben Blood. A native of Drayton Valley, Alberta, he is 43.