Two birthdays today.
Gerry Leroux: Left wing who played 10 games for the Racers in their short-lived final 1978 season. He had three assists. He became a big scorer in the IHL during his three-year pro career, including a 72-point season with Flint in 1979-80, his final pro year. A native of St. Bernadine, Quebec, he is 56.
Andre Racicot: Goaltender who played parts of two seasons in the IHL with the Ice from 1995-97. He played 13 games for the Ice during those years, going 4-6-1 with a 3.90 GAA. The Canadiens' fourth-round pick in 1983, he spent his first five pro seasons splitting time between the AHL and Montreal, and was Patrick Roy's full-time backup in 1992-93, when he won the Stanley Cup. The always-tough Montreal fans gave him the unfortunate nickname of "Red Light" during his NHL career, despite being a capable backup. He played his last NHL game the following year, and continued to play in the minors in the IHL, AHL, WPHL and ECHL, as well as in Britain and Russia, through 2002. He continued to play senior hockey in Quebec thereafter. A native of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, he is 45.