Five birthdays today: IHL Ice Steve Dubinsky and Marc Magliardti and USHL Ice Kyle Page, Christian Hilbrich and Matt Krug.
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Steve Dubinsky: Ice center for four seasons, from 1993-97. He played 209 games for the Ice, with 71 goals and 84 assists. The Blackhawks' 11th-round pick in 1990, Dubinsky joined the team as a rookie out of Clarkson University in 1993, and had a 40-point season. He split each of his four Ice seasons with the Blackhawks, including spending the majority of the 1995-96 season in Chicago. His best year with the Ice came in 1996-97, where he scored 32 goals and 40 assists to help lead the team to a division title. After scoring a hat trick in Game 1 of the playoffs, he was called up to Chicago, and the Ice promptly lost the next three games and the series to Cleveland. He played full-time in the NHL the next year with the Blackhawks, and played 375 NHL games with Chicago, Calgary, Nashville and St. Louis, scoring 25 goals and assisting on 45. He retired in 2003 and currently coaches hockey in the Chicago area. A native of Montreal, he is 44.
Marc Magliarditi: Goaltender who played three games for the Ice as a pro rookie in 1997-98, goign 1-2-0 with a 3.35 GAA. He also played for Fort Wayne and Detroit in the IHL and Flint in the UHL that year, and settled into a 10-year pro career that saw him become a mainstay in the ECHL. He played his last four seasons in Las Vegas before retiring in 2007. He is a member of the ECHL Hall of Fame. He currently operates a restauarant in Las Vegas. A native of Niagara Falls, NY, he is 38.
Kyle Page: Defenseman for the Ice in the 2005-06 season. He had two goals and three assists over 58 games. He went from the Ice to a four-year career at Bowling Green, and has since played three full seasons in the ECHL with Toledo and Kalamazoo. He last played in 2013. A native of Wixom, Mich., he is 27.
Christian Hilbrich: Ice forward from 2010-12. He played 108 games for the Ice, with 23 goals and 25 assists. He also had four points in eight playoff games. Hilbrich went from the Ice to Cornell University, where he recently completed his sophomore season. In 48 games, he has 11 goals and nine assists with the Big Red. A native of Clarendon Hills, Ill., he is 22.
Matt Krug: Ice defenseman from 2011-13. He played 108 games for the Ice, with five goals and 17 assists. He went from the Ice to Union College, where he suited up in 18 games this past season, his freshman year. He was part of the Dutchmen's NCAA championship squad in 2014. A native of Buffalo, NY, he is 22.