Sunday, April 6, 2014

This date in Indianapolis hockey history: April 6

April 6 in Indianapolis hockey history
1991: Dan Vincelette has a hat trick, with Martin Desjardins assisting on three goals as the Ice beat Phoenix 6-5 in a shootout. Sean Williams scores the shootout goal. Vincelette scored a shorthanded goal with 3:25 left to get the Ice back in it, and Brian Noonan's 37th goal tied it up with 41 seconds left.
1982: The Checkers opened their first Adams Cup championship run with a 7-0 whitewashing of the Tulsa Oilers at the Coliseum. Kelly Davis scored twice. Dave Simpson had two assists. Kelly Hrudey made 37 saves. 
1976: The Racers are idle, but clinch the WHA's Eastern Division title when the Cleveland Crusaders fall to the San Diego Mariners. Two days earlier, a 4-2 Racers victory put the team in first place. The Racers finished the regular season 12-4-4. 
1975: The Racers' first season ends with a 4-3 loss at Vancouver. The Racers finish 18-57-3.

Happy birthday to ... 
Darryl Maggs: Defenseman who played 167 games for the Racers from 1975-78. He joined the team midway through the 1975-76 season and had 21 points as the Racers won their first division title. His best season came the following year, when he had 16 goals and 55 assists to lead the Racers into the playoffs again. He had 27 goals and 86 assists in his Racers career, as well as two goals and four assists in 16 playoff games. Maggs played nine years of major pro hockey from 1971-80, with Chicago, California and Toronto in the NHL, and Chicago, Indianapolis, Denver and Cincinnati in the WHA. He played 537 NHL/WHA games, with 66 goals and 196 assists. A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he is 67. In retirement, he has settled in Colorado Springs.
Trevor Halverson: Left wing who played 12 games for the Ice -- and five playoff games -- in 1995-96. He had one assist in that span. Halverson played parts of eight seasons professionally, including 17 games with the Washington Capitals in 1998-99, his final year. He was the Caps' first-round pick in 1991. A native of White River, Ontario, he is 43.
Ryan Risidore: Defenseman who played 75 games for the Ice in 1997-98, with three goals, eight assists and 123 PIMs. He also had an assist in four playoff games. It was the second of eight pro seasons for Risidore, who also played in the AHL, ECHL and in Britain. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, he is 38.
Alex Gacek: Forward who played seven games for the Ice in 2010-11 before being dealt to Youngstown. He played two years in the USHL, with 13 goals and 39 points, and recently completed his sophomore season at Miami University, where he has posted a 3-4-7 line in each of his two years. A native of Dracut, Mass., he is 21.

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