Saturday, June 14, 2014

This day in Indianapolis hockey history: June 14

Two June 14 birthdays:

Johnny Wilson: Left wing for the Capitals from 1950-52. He played 112 games in Indy, tallying 59 goals and 35 assists. He split time with the Red Wings both seasons, and stuck with Detroit after the 1952 season. He played 15 pro seasons from 1947-62, and 688 NHL games -- including 580 consecutive from his callup in 1951-52 through 1960. He tallied 161 goals and 332 NHL points with the Red Wings, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs and Rangers. He won Stanley Cups with Detroit in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955. Wilson became a coach in 1967 in the AHL, and was called up to the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings in 1969-70. He was the head coach of the Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL, and the Michigan Stags/Baltimore Blades and Cleveland Crusaders in the WHA. He won the AHL's Calder Cup as a coach in 1971 with Springfield. His brother Larry also played for the Capitals, and his nephew Ron Wilson has been a head coach in the NHL. A native of Kincardine, Ont., he was born in 1929. He passed away in 2011.
Joel Rechlicz: Right wing for the Ice for two games in 2005-06, where he earned 16 penalty minutes. "Wrecker" turned pro in 2006-07, and played stints in the IHL, AHL and ECHL, often racking up triple-digit penalty minutes. In 2008-09, he became the first USHL Ice alum to play in the NHL, when he played 17 games for the Islanders, tallying one assist and 68 penalty minutes. He has played 26 total NHL games -- most recently a three-game stint with the Washington Capitals in 2011-12. He recently finished his eighth pro season with the Hershey Bears, where he had two points and 87 PIM in 25 games. A native of Brookfield, Wis., he is 27.

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