Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Today in history: October 26

October 26 in Indianapolis hockey history
1963: The Capitols tie St. Louis 2-2 in front of 1,211 fans at the Coliseum. Howie Menard scores with 51 seconds left to tie the game and Hank Bassen makes 26 saves for the Caps. It would be the final professional hockey game played in Indianapolis for 11 years.

Rollie McLenahan: Capitals defenseman in 1945-46, tallying seven goals and 13 assists in 39 games. He also had two goals and an assist in nine games with the Red Wings that season. IMcLenahan went on to play several years in the AHL -- including a 25-goal season with the Hershey Bears in 1949-50 and earning an AHL First Team All-Star bid  -- and then was a player-coach for the powerful Cincinnati Mohawks, the most successful franchise in IHL history. His teams won the Turner Cup from 1955-57 -- he had 34 goals in 1955-56 -- and beat the Indianapolis Chiefs in the 1957 Turner Cup Finals. He retired as a player in 1957 and as a coach after 1960. A native of Fredricton, NB, he was born in 1921. He passed away in 1984. 
Mark Armstrong: Ice forward for 12 games in 2005-06, tallying a goal and an assist. He is currently in his senior year with ECAC St. Laurence University. He tallied 20 points through his first three seasons. A native of Palm Harbor, Fla., he is 24. 
Eric Olimb: Ice defenseman from 2005-07, totaling 13 goals and 15 assists -- as well as 159 PIMs -- in 92 games. He also had four assists in 12 postseason games with the Ice. Olimb took his talents to Nebraska-Omaha, where he graduated in 2011 after a career with nine goals and 53 assists. He signed with the ECHL Florida Everblades following his college career and currently plays in Europe. A native of Warroad, Minn., he is 25. 

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