Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Today in history: Sept. 21

After yesterday's mega-update, we have another batch of birthdays today

Barry Sullivan: Right wing for the Capitals from 1946-48. In 83 games, he had 22 goals and 27 assists. He played one game for the Red Wings in 1947-48. Throughout his eight-year pro career -- which was spent in the old USHL and AHL from 1945-53 -- he was a consistent scorer, tallying 20+ goals five times, including the 22 he had for the Caps in 1947-48. He was an AHL second-team All-Star in 1951-52 after a 70-point season with the Providence Reds. A native of Preston, Ont., he was born in 1926, and passed away in 1989. 
Jim Uniac: Center who played 55 games for the Capitals in their 1949-50 Calder Cup championship season. Uniac tallied five goals and 12 assists for the Caps, and also suited up in two playoff games. He played 10 years of pro and senior hockey from 1947-57, including two straight 20-goal seasons for WHL Edmonton -- which replaced Indy as the Red Wings' top farm team -- from 1952-54. A native of Logan Twp., Ont., he was born in 1928, and passed away in 1985. 
Jacques Gagne: Left wing who played for the Chiefs briefly in 1958-59. He split the year between Indy and Louisville, with 14 goals in 35 games. The bulk of his six-year career (1955-61) was spent in the IHL with Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Louisville. He retired in 1961 after suffering a serious eye injury during the preseason. He did return that year to play for the Jersey Larks in the EHL. A native of Montreal, he was born in 1935. 
Sid Garant: Left wing for the Chiefs in 1961-62, where he had 19 goals and 41 assists in 60 games. Garant played 12 seasons, all in the IHL, before retiring in 1972. He played his last seven and a half years with the Dayton Gems, where he had seven 20-goal seasons and two 30-goal years. A native of Vita, Manitoba, he was born in 1939. 
Gary MacGregor: Racers center in 1976-77 and again in the aborted 1978-79 season. He had eight goals and nine assists in 33 games. In-between, he played for the Edmonton Oilers and had 11 goals. His WHA career started with a bang -- he had a 100-goal season in his final year of junior, and came into the WHA with the Chicago Cougars in 1974-75 and totaled 42 goals and 34 assists. He followed that up with a 21-goal season with the Toronto Toros, but never topped 20 again in his WHA career. A native of Kingston, Ont., he was born in 1954, and passed away suddenly in 1995. 
Gord Dineen: Rugged defenseman for the Checkers from 1982-84. Dineen played 99 games in the Circle City before getting the callup to the New York Islanders partway through the 1983-84 season. He was a part of the 1983 Adams Cup championship team, with 12 points in 13 playoff games. Dineen had 14 goals and 60 assists in the blue and orange, and then embarked on a long NHL career. Dineen comes from a hockey pedigree -- he is the son of former player and coach Bill Dineen, and his brothers Kevin and Peter both also enjoyed NHL careers. He was the Islanders' second-round pick in 1981. He played in the 1984 Stanley Cup Finals with the Islanders, then was part of the Penguins organization when it won back-to-back Cups in 1991-92 -- although he spent each playoff year with the team's IHL affiliate in Muskegon. He continued to play in the NHL through 1995, suiting up for the Senators and back with the Isles. He also had a stint with Minnesota in the 1980s. He played from 1994-2000 in the IHL, nearly all with the Denver/Utah Grizzlies. The Grizzlies -- now an ECHL team -- have named their top defenseman trophy after Dineen. He played in 528 NHL games and had 16 goals, 90 assists and 695 PIMs. As a Checker, he was the CHL's Most Valuable Defenseman and Most Improved Defenseman in 1982-83. He also was an IHL All-Star in 1992 and 1998. Since his playing days, Dineen has coached -- including three years as a head coach in the ECHL (Macon) and AHL (Iowa). He is currently a Toronto Marlies assistant in the AHL. A native of Toronto, he is 49. 
Stepan Novotny: Ice forward in 2007-08, where he tallied four goals and seven assists in 44 games. He left the Ice to play four years of Canadian Major Junior in the Western Hockey League -- breaking the 40-point barrier twice -- and now plays for Poprad Lev of the KHL in Russia. He scored his first career goal on Sept. 19 in a 4-1 loss to SKA. A native of Prague, Czech Republic, he is 21. 

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