Friday, January 20, 2012

Today in history: January 20

January 20 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: The Capitals' Les Douglas scored a team-record five goals in a 9-3 victory over the Hershey Bears. 

Ralph "Scotty" Bowman: Defenseman who played 12 games for the Capitals in 1939-40, totaling a goal and two assists. He joined the Caps after a seven-year NHL career with the Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Eagles and Detroit Red Wings. He scored the first penalty-shot goal in NHL history in 1934. He would play three more years in the AHL after his stint in Indy. He won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1936 and 1937, and is a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. He had eight goals and 25 assists in 274 NHL games. A native of Winnipeg, he was born in 1911, and passed away in 1990. 
Sean Kuraly: Ice forward from 2009-12. He joined the team for five games in 2009-10, and then full-time the following year. He had 10 goals and 23 assists in 56 games coming into this season, and also had a goal and an assist in five postseason games in 2010. Kuraly is also on pace for a 30-goal season this year, and is among the USHL scoring leaders. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. A native of Dublin, Ohio, he is 19. 

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