Indy 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]

Indy Fuel
2019–20 ECHL season
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

History

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

Regular season Playoffs
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAPIMStandingYear1st round2nd round3rd roundKelly Cup
2014–15723130477319722110266th, North2015Did not qualify
2015–1672323640681742017864th, Midwest2016Did not qualify
2016–1772234234531962908496th, Central2017Did not qualify
2017–18723630517824224811954th, Central2018L, 0–4, TOL
2018–19723532237523024710325th, Central2019Did not qualify

Players

Current roster

Updated November 25, 2019.[8]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
17 Alex Brooks D R 28 2018 Walker, Michigan Fuel
14 Liam Coughlin C L 25 2019 South Boston, Massachusetts IceHogs
30 Gordon Defiel G L 26 2019 Stillwater, Minnesota Fuel
23 Jay Dickman C L 26 2019 St. Paul, Minnesota Fuel
24 Michael Doherty LW L 26 2019 Reading, Massachusetts Fuel
7 Karl El-Mir LW L 23 2019 Greenfield Park, Quebec Fuel
9 Sam Kurker RW R 25 2019 Boston, Massachusetts Fuel
22 Bobby MacIntyre LW L 23 2019 Scarborough, Ontario Fuel
32 Chase Marchand G L 24 2019 Halifax, Nova Scotia IceHogs
12 Josh McArdle D R 25 2018 Roscoe, Illinois IceHogs
10 Nathan Noel F R 22 2017 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador IceHogs
11 Derian Plouffe C L 24 2019 Nepean, Ontario Fuel
5 Jack Ramsey D R 24 2019 Chanhassen, Minnesota IceHogs
2 Jake Ryczek D R 21 2019 Springfield, Massachusetts IceHogs
26 Jake Schultz D R 23 2019 Rochester, New York Fuel
4 Tim Shoup D L 24 2019 Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania Fuel
18 Joe Sullivan RW R 25 2019 Las Vegas, Nevada Fuel
74 Keoni Texeira D L 22 2019 Fontana, California Fuel
16 Spencer Watson RW R 23 2019 London, Ontario Fuel
1 Charles Williams G L 27 2019 Detroit, Michigan Fuel
6 Ben Youds D R 31 2019 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Fuel

References

  1. "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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