Four birthdays today -- former Capital Larry Zeidel, USHL Ice defenseman Ryan Scott, and two players who played one game in Indy -- Checker John Baldassari and CHL Ice Chris Bonvie.
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Larry Zeidel: "Rock" played his rookie professional season with the Capitals in 1951-52. He had six goals and 17 assists, as well as 99 PIM, in 43 games. He earned the call up to Detroit that spring and played 19 games with the Wings, including five postseason games, enough to get his name on the Stanley Cup. Zeidel played 158 NHL games, bookending his career -- with Detroit and Chicago from 1951-54, and then after a long stint in the AHL, 63 games with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1967-68 after the "Great Expansion." He was an AHL mainstay in the interim years, and known as "the fastest stick in the Midwest" due to his propensity to protect himself with it. A native of Montreal, he is 86.
John Baldassari: Defenseman who played one game for the Checkers in 1984-85, scoring a goal and getting seven penalty minutes. He played parts of four pro seasons from 1983-87, nearly all in the IHL. A native of Buffalo, NY, he is 51, and has settled in Fort Wayne, where he started and finished his pro career.
Chris Bonvie: Center who played one scoreless game for the Ice in 2000-01. He had 12 points in 41 pro games. A native of Athabasca, Alberta, he is 36.
Ryan Scott: Defenseman who played three USHL years for the Ice from 2005-08. In 101 games, he had five goals, five assists and 337 penalty minutes. A native of Arvada, Colorado, he is 27.