Sunday, August 21, 2011

Today in history: Catching up (Aug. 17-21)

Life has intervened a bit, but here's a catch-up on Today in History birthdays

Aug. 17
Claude Carroll: Player for the Chiefs part-time in the 1957-58 Turner Cup championship season. He scored two goals in 23 games in Indy. A native of Parkdale, PEI, he was born in 1936. 
Dan Revell: Left wing who played for the Checkers in 1982-83, their Adams Cup championship season. He played 46 regular-season games with the Chex that season, totaling four goals and seven assists. It was his only pro season. Today, he is involved in business in Ontario. He is 49. 

Aug. 18
Sam Gregory: A center whose toughness wsa a key part of the Chiefs' 1957-58 championship team, totaling seven goals, 12 assists and 116 PIMs. He also had two goals and four assists in the playoffs that year. He went on to play a decade in the Eastern Hockey League, primarily with the Long Island Ducks. A native of Charlottetown, PEI, he was born in 1936. 
Bob Woytowich: A strong stay-at-home defenseman with the Racers from 1974-76. He played 84 games for the Racers -- 42 in each season -- totaling one goal and 15 assists. He played 18 professional seasons, including 745 NHL & WHA games with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Winnipeg Jets and the Racers. A native of Winnipeg, he was born in 1941, and passed away in 1988. 
Jari Torkki: Member of the Ice's 1989-90 Turner Cup championship team, where he had 25 goals and 29 assists in 66 games. He also had a 5-2-7 line in the playoffs that year. A native of Finland, he came to North America and played the previous season with the Blackhawks and the Saginaw Hawks. After his brief stint in North America -- which included four NHL games in 1988-89 -- he went back to Europe, where he was a consistent double-digit goal scorer through his retirement in 2003. He played for Finland's silver-medal winning team in the 1988 Calgary Olympics. A native of Rauma, Finland, he is 46. 
Brad Treliving: Defenseman who played 14 games for the Ice in 1991-92. He scored one goal in his time with the Ice. He played professionally from 1990-95, primarily at the "AA" level of the minors. He made his mark as an executive in hockey. Today, he is an assistant general manager of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes. He also was the president of the Western Professional Hockey League and later the Central Hockey League -- which at the time involved the Indianapolis Ice. A native of Penticton, BC, he is 42. 

Aug. 19
Darryl Sutter: Ice coach in their 1989-90 championship season. The Ice went 53-21-8 that year, easily won the Western Division title and then went 12-2 en route to winning the Turner Cup. It was one of the most dominant teams in Indianapolis hockey history. He was one of the six hockey-playing Sutter Brothers throughout the 1980s, playing with the Chicago Blackhawks through 1987. In 1988, he began coaching the Saginaw Hawks, moved with the team to the Ice the following year, and into the NHL as the Blackhawks' associate head coach in 1990. He became an NHL head coach in 1992-93 and has coached Chicago, San Jose and Calgary. He coached in the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals as a Blackhawks assistant, and the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals as the Flames' head coach. He stepped down as coach, but continued to work in Calgary as the GM through December 2010. A native of Viking, Alberta, he is 53. 
Erik Andersson: Left wing who played 48 games with the Ice in 1998-99. He had five goals and seven assists that season. A University of Denver graduate, he played 12 NHL games in Calgary in 1997-98. After his stint with the Ice, he returned to his native Sweden to play professionally. A native of Stockholm, he is 40. 

Aug. 20
Ted Garvin: Member of the Indianapolis Capitals in 1944-45 -- he also played one game the previous season. In total, he played 46 games, with five goals and four assists. He continued to play professionally -- primarily in the lower-level USHL and IHL -- through 1952. He was born in 1923. 
Chuck Adamson: Goaltender who played 119 games for the Chiefs from 1959-62, their final three seasons. He had a GAA in the 4.50 range in his three seasons in Indy -- he played his most hockey in 1959-60 and 1961-62 in Indy -- and then had several solid seasons with the Fort Wayne Komets through 1967. A native of Sudbury, Ontario, he was born in 1938. 
Tracy Egeland: Member of the Ice from 1990-93, playing 188 games with 48 goals and 47 assists. He also had two goals in the 1991 seven-game playoff series against Fort Wayne. He continued to play in the IHL, ECHL and CHL through 2002. He entered coaching after retiring, most recently with the CHL's Rocky Mountain Rage. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, he is 41. 
B.J. O'Brien: Ice goaltender in 2004-05, their first USHL season. He played 17 games with a 3.24 GAA. He started collegiately at St. Cloud State, but transferred to St. Norbert College. He recently led St. Norbert to the NCAA Div. III national championship, being named MVP of the tournament. He led the nation in winning percentage, shutouts and GAA. He recently signed with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL. A native of Lakeville, Minn., he is 26. 

Aug. 21
Kerry Clark: Member of the Ice for three games in 1988-89, totaling one assist. He played 10 games in the AHL and IHL after that, including three years in Salt Lake and two in Orlando and two for AHL Portland. He is the younger brother of ex-Maple Leaf star Wendel Clark. A native of Kelvington, Sas., he is 43. 
Colin Miller: Center who played 13 games for the Ice in 1994-95, totaling five goals and six assists. He began playing professionally with the IHL's Atlanta Knights in 1992, scoring 20 goals. After his stint in Indy, he went to the ECHL, where he had his best season in 1995-96 with Dayton, going 24-50-74 that season and 20-58-78 the following year. He had four straight years of 19+ goals with Dayton before retiring in 1999. A native of Grimsby, Ontario, he is 40. 

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