Monday, August 29, 2011

Today in history: August 29

Three birthdays today
Max Quackenbush: Member of the Capitals for two seasons from 1949 through the early part of the 1950-51 season. He played 91 games for the Caps, with eight goals and 26 assists. The defenseman was a part of the Caps' 1950 Calder Cup championship team. It was his second pro season -- the first was spent with the USHL Omaha Knights. Midway through the year, he was loaned to the Boston Bruins so he could realize a dream of playing alongside his brother Bill -- another former Capital who would become a Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman. The two played together for the balance of the year, and then Bill played 14 games for the Blackhawks the following year -- most of which was spent with the AHL's St. Louis Flyers. After three WHL seasons, Max retired in 1955. A native of Toronto, he is 83.
Jon Casey: Checkers goaltender in 1986-87, where he played 31 games for the team in what would become its final season. Playing four years at the University of North Dakota from 1980-84, Casey broke into the NHL with the North Stars after his senior season, but spent much of the years between 1984-88 in the minors. In 1988-89, he moved up to the NHL full-time with the North Stars. His unorthdox style led him to be difficult to beat in his prime. He led the Stars to the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals, and represented the team in the 1993 NHL All-Star Game. In 1993, he was dealt to Boston, and then to St. Louis a year later. He retired after the 1997-98 season, spent with the Kansas City Blades. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he is 49.
Mike Murray: Center who played 17 games for the Ice in 1988-89. He had five goals and 11 assists in that stint. Murray had a long minor-league career and matriculated to the NHL for one game in 1987-88 with the Flyers. He broke into the pros in 1986-87 with AHL Hershey, and spent much of the 1990s with the ECHL Knoxville Cherokees. After retiring in 1996, he returned to play for two different stints in Knoxville before hanging up his skates in the 2002-03 season. A native of Kingston, Ontario, he is 45.

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