Friday, December 23, 2011

Today in history: December 23

December 23 in Indianapolis hockey history
Don Busch: Chiefs defenseman in their heyday, from 1956-58. In 123 games, he had five goals and 18 assists, as well as 117 penalty minutes. He also played in 19 playoff games, garnering an assist as the Chiefs advanced to the 1957 Turner Cup Finals, then scoring two goals and two assists to help lead the Chiefs to the championship in 1958. He played professionally from 1955-60 before retiring. A native of Brandon, Man., he is 79.
Germain "Red" Leger: Center for the Chiefs from 1957-60. He had 61 goals and 86 assists in 120 games. He had a big playoff in 1958 when the Chiefs won the Turner Cup, with five goals and 13 points in 11 games. He followed that up with a 23-goal, 45-assist year in 1958-59, leading the Chiefs back into the playoffs, where he had seven points in five games. He had 20 goals in 38 games in 1959-60. He retired after his stint with the Chiefs. A native of L'Annonciation, Quebec, he was born in 1928.
Lloyd Maxfield: High scoring center for the Chiefs in 1961-62, their final season. Maxfield had 33 goals and 41 assists in 68 games for the Chiefs that year. He joined the team after two years with the Fort Wayne Komets and a year previously in the WHL. After the Chiefs disbanded, Maxfield played five seasons for the Port Huron Flags, posting three straight 100-point years and then becoming the team's player-coach. He led the Flags to the Turner Cup in 1966. A native of Saskatoon, he is was born in 1936.


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