Wednesday, June 4, 2014

This day in Indianapolis hockey history: June 4

Two birthdays today:

Bernie John: Defenseman who was a mainstay on the Ice blueline in all five of their CHL seasons from 1999-2004. He is the all-time assists leader among Indianapolis hockey players, with 262 in his five-year career with the Ice. He ranks ninth among all Indianapolis pro players in games played (301) and fifth in points (353). He also had 91 goals in those five seasons, including a 21-goal year in 1999-2000 and a 23-goal season the next year. He had nine points in the Miron Cup championship run in 2000, and had nine goals and 22 assists total in 31 playoff games. He came to the Ice after spending seven years in the Colonial/United Hockey League, and played two years in Corpus Christi after the Ice left the CHL in 2004. He returned to Indianapolis and was an assistant coach on the Indiana Ice's Clark Cup championship team in 2014 -- a coaching career that began with him being a player-assistant to Ken McRae in his last two seasons with the Ice as a player. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he is 42.
Daniel Passero: Defenseman who played seven games with the Ice in 2000-01 after finishing his season at the University of Prince Edward Island. He had a goal and an assist in the regular season, and a goal and an assist in three playoff games. He played 20 total minor pro games before retiring in the 2001-02 season. A native of Vaughan, Ont., he is 35.

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