Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Today in history: January 11

January 11 in Indianapolis hockey history
1961: Chiefs coach Leo Lamoureux dies at age 44, the cause of death listed as acute hepatitis. He had left the team mid-season two months earlier to check into the hospital. Leo led the Chiefs to the 1958 Turner Cup championship and would be honored by the IHL, with its leading scorer trophy re-named for him. 

Connie Brown: A Capitals regular from 1939-43. He was known as a skilled playmaker who broke into the pro ranks in 1938-39 with the Red Wings organization. He had 19 points in 15 games in the Caps' inaugural 1939-40 season. He was the team's leading scorer the two following seasons, despite playing less than the full season with the Caps. He had 16 goals and 28 assists in 1940-41, then followed that up with a 19-goal, 34-assists season in the 1941-42 Calder Cup championship year. In 147 games as a Capital, he scored 56 goals and 97 assists. He also had eight goals and 11 assists in the playoffs, including 11 points in the championship year of 1942. He split each season with the Red Wings, totaling 39 points in 91 games from 1938-43 with Detroit. He was part of the 1943 Stanley Cup championship team, although he did not play a playoff game with Detroit that year. He played several years of senior hockey from 1943-on. A native of Vankleek Hill, Ont., he was born in 1917. He passed away in 1966. 
Florent Pilote: Defenseman for the Chiefs for four games in 1958-59. He had a goal and an assist, and also had an assist in five playoff games. From there, he embarked on an 11-year career in the Eastern Hockey League, nearly all with Nashville. A native of Fort Erie, Ont., he was born in 1936. 
Ray Ross: Center for the Capitols in 1963. He had two goals in the eight games the Caps played, and finished the year with 15 goals and 15 assists for the combined Caps/Cincinnati Wings team in 44 games. He was near the end of a 14-year career that was primarily spent in the AHL. A native of Hamilton, Ont., he was born in 1932.
Bobby Sheehan: Racers center in 1977-78, where he had eight goals and seven assists in 29 games. Sheehan was a diminutive player -- at 5-8, 160 -- but a sparkplug for his teams throughout his career. He broke into the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens in 1969-70 and won the Stanley Cup the following year. He then had 20 goals for the California Golden Seals in 1971-72, his first full NHL season. He jumped to the WHA in 1972-73 and scored 35 goals with the New York Raiders. He played 551 NHL/WHA games between 1970-83, playing for Montreal, Chicago, Detroit, the New York Rangers, Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles in the NHL, and for the New York Raiders/Golden Blades/Jersey Knights, Edmonton Oilers and the Racers in the WHA. He had 123 goals and 173 assists. He played in the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals with the Rangers, playing in 15 playoff games that season after spending the regular season in the minors. A native of Weymouth, Mass., he is 63. 
Alex Roberts: Ice defenseman from 1989-91 -- primarily playing in the 1990-91 season. In 83 games, he had 11 goals and 18 assists. He also had three assists in seven playoff games against Fort Wayne that year. He joined the team after finishing his career at the University of Michigan. He played through 1993 in the AHL and ECHL. A native of Detroit, he is 42. 
John Parker: Ice forward from 2008-10, where he had five goals and 19 assists in 89 games. He had three goals and three assists in 16 postseason games, and was part of the Clark Cup championship team in 2009. Parker played the 2010-11 season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and is currently a freshman at the University of Maine. A native of Green Brook, NJ, he is 20.

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