Sunday, October 2, 2011

Today in history: Oct. 2

Two birthdays today
Larry Thibeault: "Half-n-half" was a left wing for the Capitals in 1944-45, with two goals and 12 assists in 31 games. He also played five NHL games -- four for the Red Wings that season, and one more in Montreal the following year. He was a big scorer for Eddie Shore's Springfield Indians from 1939-41 and with Buffalo's Calder Cup champions in 1943-44. He continued to play in the minor leagues through 1955-56 before retiring at age 37. A native of Charlestone, Ont., he was born in 1918. 

Justin Kearns: Right wing for the Ice for 86 games from 2001-03. He had 10 goals, 17 assists and 71 PIMs in those games. The Northeastern University grad played five pro seasons -- primarily in the UHL before joining the Ice from the Columbus Cottonmouths in 2001-02. In his best year, he had 27 goals and 47 points for UHL Rockford in 2000-01. A native of Cleveland, he is 36. 

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