Two birthdays: CHL Ice Philippe Choiniere and USHL Ice Nic Dowd.
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Philippe Choiniere: Winger who played 57 games for the Ice in 2003-04, their final CHL season. He had five goals and five assists, and also scored a goal in five playoff games. He joined the Ice as a rookie after a career at the University of Calgary, and played the next year in both the CHL for Amarillo and the Quebec-based LNAH. He also played in Europe after the 2005 season. A native of Durham, Quebec, he is 34.
Nic Dowd: Center for the Ice in 2009-10, he had had 16 goals and 23 assists in 49 games. He also had two goals and four assists in nine playoff games as the Ice advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. He went from the Ice to play four seasons at St. Cloud State, where he tallied 52 goals, including 22 in his senior season. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and signed with the Kings in the spring of 2014, tallying three assists for AHL Manchester in his first seven pro games. A native of Huntsville, Ala., he is 24.