Monday, January 16, 2012

Today in history: January 16

January 16 in Indianapolis hockey history
Ken Kilrea: Capitals winger for parts of four different seasons between 1939-44. In 78 games with the Caps, he had 29 goals and 64 assists. He split each of those years with the Detroit Red Wings, and he also took the 1942-43 season off as it was in the midst of WWII. He had nine points to help lead the Caps to the 1942 Turner Cup championship. His brother Hec also played for the Caps. He continued to play in the AHL through 1949. He also had 39 points in 88 NHL games with the Red Wings, all concurrently with his tenure with the Caps. A native of Ottawa, he was born in 1919, and passed away in 1990.
Pat McReavy: Caps center for one game in 1941-42. He was dealt to Detroit from Boston and suited up for a single game with the Caps, and 34 with the Red Wings that year. After WWII service, he played two more years with the AHL St. Louis Flyers through 1947. He also had 15 points in 55 NHL games with Detroit and Boston. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 1939 and 1941. A native of Owen Sound, Ont., he was born in 1918, and passed away in 2001.
John Sorrell: Capitals' coach from 1943-46. He also played the first two seasons as a player-coach, totaling 37 goals and 43 assists in 107 games (and 10 points in 10 playoff games). As a coach, he had a 63-55-28 record in two and a half seasons. He also briefly coached the Chiefs in 1955-56. Sorrell had been an NHL veteran, with 246 points in 490 NHL games from 1930-41 with Detroit and the New York Americans. He won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 1936 and 1937. A native of Chesterville, Ont., he was born in 1906. He passed away in 1984.
Todd Rohloff: Ice defenseman for 17 games from 1997-99. He had two goals and one assist in the regular season, and one of each in six playoff games. He would go on to play 75 NHL games with the Capitals and Blue Jackets before retiring in 2006. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he is 38.

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