Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Today in history: January 10

January 10 in Indianapolis hockey history
1960: The Chiefs play their first home game outside of Indiana when they meet the St. Paul Saints at Cincinnati Gardens. The Chiefs would play three games in Cincinnati that year – all the second half of back-to-back weekends. The Chiefs lose 5-2, but the game is thrown out due to a Chiefs protest and replayed as part of a four-point game on Feb. 29. The Saints win that one 4-2, too. 
1981: Checkers goaltender Roland Melanson makes 45 saves – on 48 shots – as the Checkers tie the Wichita Wind 3-3. 

Lloyd "Red" Doran: Capitals center for 80 games between 1946-48. He had 23 goals and 45 assists as a Capital. He also split the 1946-47 season with the Red Wings, where he had three goals in 24 games. A good playmaker, Doran played with the Wings' "AA" team in Omaha in 1941-42, but missed four years of his prime due to service in World War II. He played through the 1950-51 season with the St. Louis Flyers and Cleveland Barons before retiring. A native of South Porcupine, Ont., he was born in 1921. He passed away in 1995. 
Danton Cole: Ice winger for 32 games in 1995-96. He had nine goals and 12 assists, and also had a goal and five assists in five postseason games that year against the Detroit Vipers. The Michigan State grad played 318 NHL games between 1989-96 with the Jets, Lightning, Devils, Islanders and Blackhawks. He played one postseason game in 1995 with New Jersey, and has his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. He finished his playing career by playing three seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins, before retiring in 1999 -- with the exception of two games the following year. He immediately entered coaching upon his retirement as a player, first as an assistant with the Griffins. In his first year as a head coach, he led the Muskegon Fury to the Colonial Cup title in the UHL. He has also been a head coach in the AHL with Grand Rapids, and in college with Alabama-Huntsville. He is currently the head coach of the USNDTP U17 team, which competes in the USHL. A native of Pontiac, Mich., he is 45.
Jeff Serowik: Ice defenseman in 1995-96. He had 20 goals and 23 assists from the blueline, playing 69 games before being loaned to the Las Vegas Thunder at the end of the season. He spent the vast majority of his pro career -- from 1990-99 -- in the AHL and IHL, playing one game each for Toronto and Boston, and then 26 games with Pittsburgh at the end of his career in 1999, where he had six assists. In retirement, he has moved back to his native New England and currently is the founder and director of the Pro Ambitions hockey school. A native of Manchester, NH, he is 45. 
Mike Hull: Ice forward from 2005-07, where he had 12 goals and 16 assists in 83 games before being dealt to Lincoln at the end of that season. He played the following year in the NAHL -- winning the Tier II national title -- and is currently a senior at Army. A native of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., he is 24. 
John Carlson: Ice defenseman from 2006-08. He played two games in 2006-07, then 59 games the following year. He had 12 goals and 31 assists, and also had a goal in four playoff games, and was a USHL Second Team All-Star. Carlson was drafted in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals the following summer, making him the Ice's first first-round draft pick. Carlson moved on to the Ontario Hockey League the following year, then turned pro in the spring of 2009 with AHL Hershey. He helped the Bears win the Calder Cup, then made his NHL debut with the Capitals the following year -- and stuck with the Caps from there on out. Entering 2011-12, Carlson had eight goals and 35 assists in 104 games. He is considered to be one of the top young defensemen in the NHL. A native of Natick, Mass., he is 22.


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