On April 3 in Indianapolis hockey history
1996: Ravil Gusmanov posts a five-point night, tallying two goals and three
assists in a 6-2 Ice win over Detroit at MSA. Sergei Klimovich has a goal
and two assists, Kip Miller adds two assists.
1991: Dan Vincelette and Trevor Dam score 26 seconds apart in the second
period, helping lift the Ice to a 5-4 win over Fort Wayne. The two goals
made it a 4-2 contest. After the Komets tie it, Owen Lessard scores
with 2:32 left in the second to give the Ice the win.
1981: Rob Holland and Salt Lake's Rick Heinz post a goaltending dual, but Heinz wins it and blanks the Checkers 2-0 in Salt Lake City. A name that would become familiar to Indy fans -- Red Laurence -- scores the game-winner for the Golden Eagles. A year later, Holland would again lose a 2-0 decision in Salt Lake.
1980: Richard Brodeur posts his fourth shutout of the regular season -- and the Checkers' sixth -- in a 5-0 blanking of the Dallas Black Hawks. Brodeur and Jim Park would share the CHL's Terry Sawchuk Trophy as the top goaltenders in the league. Garth MacGuigan scores the game-winner.
1976: Market Square Arena registers its first sellout, as the Racers fall to the New England Whalers 5-2 in the regular season home finale.
Happy birthday to
Bob Lakso: Member of the Indianapolis Checkers throughout their three years in the IHL, and would rejoin the Ice in their inaugural year of 1988-89. In those four seasons, he played 295 games, tallying 144 goals and 156 assists. He had a 40-goal season in 1985-86 (41-35-76), and a 94-point season in 1986-87 (39 goals, 55 assists). He had at least 26 goals in each of his four seasons in Indianapolis. He would leave Indy and play four years with the Fort Wayne Komets, posting a career-best 100-point season in 1989-90 in Fort Wayne. A native of Aurora, Minnesota, Bob is 52.
Aaron Smith: Played four games with the Ice in the CHL in 2003-04, picking up two penalty minutes. It was the first of two years he would play professionally, with five teams in the CHL and ECHL. In 61 games, he scored three goals and added 10 assists. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, he is 35.