Wednesday, May 7, 2014

This day in Indianapolis hockey history: May 7

Today's post is an all-birthday post. Former Chief Bob Bowness and Checkers Ron Kennedy and Mike Nepi were born on May 7.

Happy birthday to ... 
Bob Bowness: Left wing for the Chiefs during their halcyon days, he was part of the "Killer B" line with Pierre Brillant and Marc Boileau. He had two 20-goal seasons with the Chiefs from 1956-58, tallying 45 goals and 80 assists in 124 games with Indy. He had six points in 11 games in the 1958 Turner Cup championship run, and 10 points in 19 total playoff games. He also helped the Chiefs to the 1957 Turner Cup Final. He returned to Canada to play senior hockey after 1958. He is the father of former NHL coach Rick Bowness. A native of Verdun, Quebec, he was born in 1928. He passed away in 1994.
Ron Kennedy: Right wing who played seven games for the Checkers in 1983-84 after returning from several seasons in Europe. He had played in teh CHL and IHL from 1973-78 before heading overseas. A native of North Battleford, Sask., he is 61.  
Mike Nepi: Defenseman who played 149 games for the Checkers from 1985-87, tallying 14 goals and 45 assists. He also had seven assists in eight playoff games. They were his only two U.S. pro seasons after graduating from Michigan Tech in 1985. A native of Detroit, he is 51.

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