Three birthdays today: Racer Dick Proceviat (68) and IHL Ice Dino Grossi (44) and Bill Armstrong (48).
June 25 in Indianapolis hockey history
2011: The NHL Draft concludes in St. Paul with three Ice players being selected. Blake Coleman, the reigning USHL Player of the Year, is picked in the third round by New Jersey. Fellow 2009-11 Ice player Brian Ferlin is picked in the fourth round by Boston. Sean Kuraly, who plays with the Ice from 2009-12, is taken in the fifth round by San Jose. Also, future Ice goaltender Samu Perhonen is taken in the third round with the 62nd overall pick by Edmonton. Perhonen would play for the Ice in the first part of the 2013-14 season.
Happy birthday to ...
Dick Proceviat: Racers defenseman from 1974-77. He played 180 games for the Racers, scoring 10 goals and assisting on 53. He played 321 WHA games from 1973-77, also playing for the Chicago Cougars. He retired after the 1977 season. A native of Whitemouth, Manitoba, he is 68.
Dino Grossi: Forward who played 58 games for the Ice in 1993-94, tallying six goals and an assist. He came to the Ice after an accomplished college career at Northeastern and being picked by the Blackhawks in the 12th round of the 1990 NHL Draft. He played just one season in North America, heading to France after his stint in the IHL and playing in Europe through 2010. A native of Toronto, he is 44.
Bill Armstrong: Left wing who joined the Ice for part of the 1995-96 season. He had four goals and five assists in 12 games for the Ice. He also played for Detroit that year, and between the two teams, scored 38 goals in 66 games, his best season in hockey. Armstrong had five 30-goal seasons in minor pro hockey in a career that spanned 1989-98, all in the AHL and IHL. He played one NHL game for the Flyers in 1990-91, registering an assist. A native of London, Ont., he is 48.