September in Worcester hockey history

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Over on the 210Sports Facebook page I’ve been posting daily updates for each day in Worcester hockey history. In case people missed some, I’ll gather them at the end each month here on the blog.

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Birthdays: Terry Bangen (1950); Doug Friedman (1971); Jed Fiebelkorn (1972); Kenric Exner (1979)

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2004 – The Worcester IceCats renewed their radio contract with WTAG for an 11th season.
Birthdays: Mike Peluso (1974); Jay Leach (1979); Konrad Abeltshauser (1992)

3
2020 – The Worcester Railers sign Jake Coleman.
Birthdays: Fred Knipscheer (1969); Jaroslav Obsut (1976); Mike Valley (1976)

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1998 – Kevin Sawyer signed as a free agent by St. Louis
1999 – The St Louis Blues acquired a 2000 third-round pick (Justin Papineau) from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Grant Fuhr.
Birthdays: Craig Conroy (1971); Matt Pelech (1987)

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1998 – USA Hockey selected Bruce Mather for their Hall of Fame. Mather played for the Worcester Warriors in the 1954-55 season.
Birthdays: Josh Holmstrom (1989); Ryan MacKinnon (1994)

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1994 – The Worcester IceCats signed Mark Woolf and Sean Whyte.
1996 – Robert Petrovicky signed as a free agent by St. Louis.
Birthdays: Maxim Linnik (1979)

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1997 – The St Louis Blues sign Terry Yake and Terry Hollinger to free-agent contracts.
2016 – The Worcester Railers hire Eric Lindquist as the team’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing.
2017 – The Worcester Railers sign Patrick McNally.
Birthdays: Brady Leisenring (1982); Tyler Gron (1989)

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1994 – The Worcester IceCats sign John Carter to a free-agent contract.
Birthdays: Frank Doyle (1980)

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1997 – Shayne Toporowski signed as a free agent by St. Louis.
Birthdays: Lauren Williams (1996)

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1995 – The St. Louis Blues, the NHL parent club of the Worcester IceCats of the American Hockey League, announced they will set up their training camp at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro. The Blues will train in Marlboro because their facility near St. Louis, the U.S. Ice Sports Complex in Chesterfield, Mo., is not finished.
2020 – The Worcester Railers sign Nicolas Luka.

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1994 – The Worcester IceCats signed Walt Poddubny to a free-agent contract.
Birthdays: Konstantin Shafranov (1968)

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1994 – The Worcester IceCats signed Jason Weinrich to a free-agent contract.
2017 – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers sign Mike Cornell and Matt Lane.

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1993 – Wayne Cowley signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Oilers.
2016 – The Worcester Railers name Jamie Russell general manager and head coach.
Birthdays: Kris Porter (1978); Brian Collins (1980); Ryan Del Monte (1983)

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1994 – Norm Benoit was named Worcester IceCats supervisor of off-ice officials. He remained the supervisor of off-ice officials until he retired after the 2009-10 Worcester Sharks season.
1998 – The Worcester IceCats re-signed defensemen Jamie Rivers and Rory Fitzpatrick.
2001 – The St. Louis Blues announced they purchased the Worcester IceCats from Roy Boe.
Birthdays: Roy Boe (1929); Travis Scott (1975); Taylor Dakers (1986)

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1994 – The Worcester IceCats opened their first training camp at the then-named Centrum. Full-scale practices began the next day.
2004 – Riley Armstrong signed as a free agent by San Jose.
Birthdays: Derek Bekar (1975); Tommy Kelley (1994)

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Birthdays: Chad Starling (1980); Erin Kickham (1992)

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1994 – The Worcester IceCats hold their first scrimmage open to the public at the then-named Centrum.

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1996 – The Worcester IceCats name Greg Madden as their radio play-by-play announcer on WTAG (580-AM) and director of media and public relations.
2003 – The St Louis Blues named Brent Karasiuk as president of the Worcester IceCats and Larry Pleau as IceCats general manager. Karasiuk remained chief operating officer and general counsel of Paige Sports Entertainment. Pleau, who was also the Blues’ senior vice president and GM, essentially named himself as IceCats GM.
2020 – The Worcester Railers sign Mason Baptista.

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2005 – Brad Staubitz signed as a free agent by San Jose.
2019 – The Worcester Railers re-sign Matt Schmalz. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers re-sign Evan Buitenhuis.
Birthdays: Nicole Giannino (1993)

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2000 – The Worcester IceCats signed Ed Campbell
Birthdays: Mike Hoffman (1980); Jason Bacashihua (1982); Brandon Mashinter (1988)

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Birthdays: Jason Payne (1975); Curt Gogol (1991)

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1954 – Larz Anderson announces he has purchased a team in the newly reformed Eastern Hockey League and will play home games at Worcester Arena. Their first game will be November 14 in New Haven.
Birthdays: Frank Dichiara (1993)

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Birthdays: B.J. MacPherson (1973); Lukas Kaspar (1985)

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2006 – The Worcester Sharka named Jeremy Lemoine public relations coordinator.
Birthdays: Mitch Gillam (1992); Eamon McAdam (1994)

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2019 – The Worcester Railers sign Cody Payne.
Birthdays: Matt Carle (1984)

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1994 – The Worcester Icecats signed Shawn Heaphy to a free-agent contract.
1996 – Gary Leeman signed as a free agent by St. Louis. Also, the Centrum and the soon-to-be-opened convention center were officially renamed “Worcester’s Centrum Centre Arena and Convention Complex.”
2014 – Matt Taormina signed as a free agent by the Worcester Sharks.
Birthdays: Keith Allain (1958); Craig Darby (1972); Lauren Dahm (1989)

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2001 – John Ferguson, Jr was promoted to president and governor of the Worcester IceCats.
Birthdays: Matt Francis (1985)

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1995 – The St Louis Blues acquired Dallas Eakins from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 1997 fourth-round pick.
1997 – Pascal Rheaume claimed by St. Louis from New Jersey in Waiver Draft.

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1988 – The St Louis Blues acquired Kent Carlson, a 1989 twelfth round pick (Sergei Kharin), and a 1990 fourth-round pick from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Peter Douris.
1994 – The Worcester IceCats signed Rob Melanson to a free-agent contract.
2006 – Defenseman Patrick Traverse was claimed on waivers by Montreal when San Jose tried to send him to Worcester.
2016 – The AHL announced that Bryan Helmer had been selected for their league’s Hall of Fame. Helmer played 70 games for the Worcester IceCats and was their captain for the 1999-2000 season.
2019 – The Worcester Railers sign Jordan Samuels-Thomas.
Birthdays: Normand “Bill” Belisle (1929); Rudy Poeschek (1966); Joe Hulbig (1973)

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2004 – Mike Mottau signed as a free agent by the Worcester IceCats.
Birthdays: Mark Woolf (1970); Jetta Rackleff (1991)

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