Thursday, January 5, 2012

Today in history: January 5

January 5 in Indianapolis hockey history
1947: Cliff Simpson scores three goals and adds two assists as the Capitals set all kinds of records in a 14-2 victory over Philadelphia. The team sets records for victory margin and goals scored in the win.  
1950: Terry Sawchuk is briefly called up to Detroit when Red Wings goaltender Harry Lumley was injured playing forward in a benefit game. He shuts out the Rangers, with ex-Cap Sid Abel scoring the game’s only goal. He would be return to the Capitals 21 days later and lead the team to the Calder Cup championship.

Fred Glover: One of the greatest minor-league hockey players of all time, Glover played for the Capitals from 1948-52. In 202 games with the Caps, he had 110 goals and 119 assists. He also had five goals and five assists in 15 playoff games -- all of those except one assist in the Caps' eight-game sweep of the 1950 Calder Cup playoffs. He led the Caps in scoring with 83 points in 1948-49 (35 goals, 48 assists) and again in 1950-51 with 84 points (48 goals, 36 assists). His 48 goals in 1950-51 tied Cliff Simpson for the team record. He was fourth all-time in Caps history in points and third in goals scored. He did play 92 NHL games with the Red Wings and Blackhawks, and was part of the 1952 Stanley Cup championship team in Detroit. He joined the Cleveland Barons partway through the 1952-53 season and then embarked on a 16-year career with the Barons. He retired in 1968 as the AHL's all-time leader in games played (1201), goals (520), assists (814), points (1334) and PIMs (2402). He became Cleveland's player-coach in 1962, a role he served for six seasons. He was a five-time Calder Cup champion, a three-time AHL MVP and a two-time AHL scoring leader. He is a member of the AHL Hall of Fame and was named by The Hockey News as one of the greatest minor-league players ever. In 1968, he matriculated to the NHL as a coach, and led either the California/Oakland Seals or Los Angeles Kings for six seasons through 1974. A native of Toronto, he was born in 1928, and passed away in 2001.

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