Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Today in history: December 6

Birthday post today
Hank Bassen: Goaltender for the Capitols in 1963, posting an 0-3-1 record and a 3.83 GAA in four games. He was the only player to garner a point for the team as an Indianapolis entry, as it went 0-7-1 on the ice (and won a forfeit) before moving to Cincinnati. Bassen was an NHL veteran by that point, breaking in with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1955-56. He was traded to Detroit in the deal that sent Ted Lindsay and Glenn Hall to Chicago in 1957. He split time between the NHL and the minors for much of his career, playing in 156 NHL games with Chicago and Detroit between 1955-67 -- often backing up Roger Crozier in Detroit -- and with the Pittsburgh Penguins in his final pro season of 1967-68. He had a 46-66-31 record and five shutouts as an NHL goaltender, with a 2.97 career GAA. Upon retirement, he remained involved in junior hockey. His son Bob Bassen played for the Indianapolis Ice in the IHL a generation later. A native of Calgary, he was born in 1932, and passed away in 2009. 
Jay Hern: Left wing for the Ice in two stints, in 1999-2000 and again in 2001-02. In 108 games, he had 16 goals and 15 assists to go along with 202 penalty minutes. He spent a year with the CHL Topeka Scarecrows in-between his Ice stints. He had also played two years in the WPHL before coming to the Ice. A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, he is 35. 
Bobby Dazel: Forward who played one game for the Ice in 2005-06. He is one of several Hoosiers to suit up for Indianapolis-based hockey clubs. A native of Carmel, he is 24.

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