Thursday, November 24, 2011

Today in history: Nov. 24

Happy Thanksgiving. Let's look back on this date in history.

1956: Chiefs coach Leo Lamoreaux fines the entire team $25 because “I want 60 minutes of hockey out of every player, not 45 or 50.” Fort Wayne scored forl goals in a seven-minute span in th second period and beat the Chiefs 5-4. 
Art Herchenratter: Capitals left wing in 1940-41, tallying a goal and six assists in 39 games. He also suited up in 10 games for the Red Wings that season. A strong defensive forward, his was one of many careers interrupted by WWII -- he played for AHL New Haven and AHA Omaha the next year, then went off to the war and returned to play one more season in 1946-47. A native of Kitchener, Ont., he was born in 1917. He passed away in 1989. 
Roy Sawyer: Capitals right wing in 1945-46. He started the year in Indy, then was traded to the St. Louis Flyers on Dec. 26 in a multiplayer deal. He had five goals and six assists total that season in 51 games for both teams. Sawyer played the next year with USHL Fort Worth and AHL Springfield, then retired. A native of Oshawa, Ont., he was born in 1920. 
Christian Laflamme: Ice defenseman in 1996-97, he had five goals, 15 assists and 62 PIMs in 62 games, helping lead the Ice to an IHL division title. The hard-hitting blueliner got the call to the Blackhawks that season, and stuck the next year. The Blackhawks' second-round pick in 1995, he played 324 NHL games between 1996-2004 with Chicago, Edmonton, Montreal and St. Louis, then played in Europe and senior hockey in Quebec through 2010. A native of St. Charles, Quebec, he is 35. 

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