Indy Fuel

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Indy Fuel
2018–19 ECHL season
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CityIndianapolis, Indiana
LeagueECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded2013
Home arenaIndiana Farmers Coliseum
ColorsRed, gold, black, white
                   
Owner(s)Indiana Hockey Club, LLC (Jim & Sean Hallett and Jerry Williams)
General managerDoug Christiansen[1]
Head coachDoug Christiansen
AffiliatesChicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Franchise history
2014–presentIndy Fuel

The Indy Fuel is a minor league ice hockey team in the Central Division of the ECHL's Western Conference and began play in the 2014–15 season. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Fuel play their home games at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds,[2] they are affiliated with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.[3]

History[edit]

On November 11, 2013, the ECHL's board of governors approved the expansion membership application of the Indy Fuel for admission to the league for the 2014–15 season. On October 17, 2014, the Fuel played their franchise opening game against the Fort Wayne Komets, reigniting the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne rivalry after 15 years in a 4–5 defeat.[4]

On March 7, 2016, the Indy Fuel relieved their inaugural head coach Scott Hillman and named Bernie John as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2015–16 season.[5] On April 8, 2016, the interim tag was removed and John was named head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the 2016–17 season.[6]

At the end of the 2017–18 regular season, the Fuel qualified for their first playoff berth. Entering as a fourth seed in the Central Division with 78 points, they were swept by the Toledo Walleye in the division semifinals; the team failed to qualify for the playoffs in the following 2018–19 season and the team released head coach Bernie John.[7] The Fuel hired Doug Christiansen as the general manager and head coach for the 2019–20 season following his first season as head coach of the Manchester Monarchs.[1]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2014–15 72 31 30 4 7 73 197 221 1026 6th, North 2015 Did not qualify
2015–16 72 32 36 4 0 68 174 201 786 4th, Midwest 2016 Did not qualify
2016–17 72 23 42 3 4 53 196 290 849 6th, Central 2017 Did not qualify
2017–18 72 36 30 5 1 78 242 248 1195 4th, Central 2018 L, 0–4, TOL
2018–19 72 35 32 2 3 75 230 247 1032 5th, Central 2019 Did not qualify

Current roster[edit]

Updated May 15, 2019.[8]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
17 United States Alex Brooks D R 27 2018 Walker, Michigan Fuel
48 Canada Anthony Collins RW R 29 2018 Langley, British Columbia Fuel
35 United States Gordon Defiel G L 26 2019 Stillwater, Minnesota Fuel
6 Canada Braden Hellems D R 24 2019 St. Thomas, Ontario Fuel
23 United States Woody Hudson RW R 26 2019 Greece, New York Fuel
13 Canada Olivier Labelle RW R 33 2018 Saint-Eustache, Quebec Fuel
3 United States Zach Miskovic D R 34 2015 River Forest, Illinois Fuel
26 United States Logan Nelson C R 25 2017 Rogers, Minnesota Fuel
20 Canada Matt Rupert LW L 25 2018 London, Ontario Fuel
22 Canada Ryan Rupert C L 25 2018 London, Ontario Fuel
5 United States Eric Schurhamer D L 25 2019 St. Paul, Minnesota Fuel
24 Canada Josh Shalla LW L 27 2017 Oshawa, Ontario Fuel
14 Canada Samuel Thibault D L 22 2019 Sainte-Martine, Quebec Fuel
95 Canada Reggie Traccitto D R 29 2019 Oakville, Ontario Fuel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CHRISTIANSEN NAMED FUEL'S HEAD COACH/GENERAL MANAGER". ECHL. June 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "City's new pro hockey team to be called Indy Fuel". Indianapolis Business Journal. IBJ Media. November 26, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "FUEL AGREE TO NHL AFFILIATION EXTENSION WITH THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS". Fuel. May 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Indy Fuel lose franchise opener 5–4 to Fort Wayne". Indy Star. 2014-10-17. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  5. ^ "Fuel Make Coaching Change". Indy Fuel. March 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Bernie John named Indy Fuel head coach". Indy Fuel. April 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Indy Fuel to Make Coaching Change for 2019-20 Season". OurSports Central. April 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Indy Fuel roster". Indy Fuel. 2018-07-05. Retrieved 2018-07-05.

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