Saturday, July 9, 2011

Today in history: July 9

Four birthdays today
Steve Dubinsky: Ice center for parts of four seasons from 1993-97. He played 209 games with the Ice, tallying 71 goals and 84 assists. He also had a hat trick (and four points) in the lone playoff game he played in an Ice uniform in 1997. Dubinsky split each of those years between the Ice and the parent Chicago Blackhawks, but essentially got the permanent call to Chicago after his Game 1 hat trick against Cleveland in the 1997 IHL playoffs. The Ice dropped the next three games of the series in his absence, while Dubinsky played in the postseason for the Blackhawks. He played the next four years with Chicago and Calgary, and also later played parts of two seasons in Nashville and St. Louis before retiring in 2003. All told, he played 375 NHL games with 25 goals and 45 assists. His best season as a pro was the 1996-97 Ice season, when his 32 goals and 40 assists (and +35 rating) helped lead the Ice to a division title. Dubinsky was known as a strong face-off artist and a good two-way center. Today, he works for the Glacier Ice Arena in suburban Chicago. A native of Montreal, he is 41. 

Marc Magliarditi: Goaltender who played three games for the Ice in 1997-98, posting a 1-2-0 mark and a 3.35 GAA. The Ice were one of five teams he played for that year -- Fort Wayne, Indy and Detroit in the IHL, Columbus in the ECHL and Flint in the UHL. He continued to play in the minors -- primarily in the ECHL -- before retiring in 2006-07. He played the last four years with the Las Vegas Wranglers in the ECHL, and now owns a restaurant in Las Vegas. A native of Niagara Falls, New York, he his 35. 

Kyle Page: Defenseman who played for the Ice in 2005-06, totaling two goals and three assists. He then went on to play four years at Bowling Green, graduating in 2010. He immediately jumped to the ECHL Toledo Walleye to finish that season, and played the full 2010-11 season in Toledo, posting a 2-13-15 line. A native of Wixom, Mich., he is 24. 

Christian Hilbrich: Forward who currently plays for the Indiana Ice. He had 10 goals and five assists in 50 games in the 2010-11 season. A native of Clarendon HIlls, Ill., he is 19. 

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