At last Indianapolis, Indiana has a AA hockey team of its own to cheer for and the Indy Fuel will begin ECHL play for the first time during the 2014-2015 season. The Fairgrounds Coliseum, the home of the Indy Fuel, will surely be bursting with excitement each time the Fuel hit the ice this season and the environment inside the arena will be unrivaled. The Indy Fuel will play in the North Division of the Eastern Conference and will be battling all season long to prove that they are a forced to be reckoned with as they attempt to find their way to the top of the division standings. There is plenty of talent on the Fuel's roster so it should not be a surprise if they can have an immediate impact on the ECHL and end up making a deep run in the playoffs. Be sure to get your Indy Fuel tickets from StubHub early so you can choose from among the best seats in the house when you head out to cheer on the Fuel.
On Friday, October 17th the Fort Wayne Komets come to Indianapolis for a big regular season match up that no Fuel fan will want to miss. Of course the Fuel will be looking to get all of the home ice advantage they can get from their large fan base at the Fairgrounds Coliseum and there are plenty of big games coming up including battles against the Kalamazoo Wings, the Toledo Walleye, the Evansville Icemen, the Wheeling Nailers, the Orlando Solar Bears, the Cincinnati Cyclones, the Florida Everblades, the Reading Royals, the Elmira Jackals, the South Carolina Stingrays, and more. Take a look at the entire Indy Fuel schedule to see which games you would like to attend to show the Fuel your support.
The 2014-2015 season will be the first for the Indy Fuel but head coach Scott Hillman is an experienced coach who should have no problem helping to get the franchise off the ground in a successful manner. The people of Indianapolis are thrilled to finally have some professional hockey in town and have already been snatching up tickets as quickly as possible to get out and show the team some support. This should be an exciting year at the Fairgrounds Coliseum as every player from the Indy Fuel will be looking to make sure that they remain a welcome addition to the city. The team is affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL and the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but there is nothing that quite equals the passion surrounding minor league hockey and Indy Fuel fans are among the loudest and most dedicated fans in the entire ECHL. On game day at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Big time bone rattling hits, astounding displays of agility and speed, powerful slapshots, and clutch saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of top notch minor league hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
The ECHL is one of the premiere professional hockey leagues in all of the United States and Canada and 27 of the 30 NHL teams have an affiliation with an ECHL team. More than 500 former ECHL players have gone on to play on teams in the NHL, and the ECHL along with the AHL are the only two leagues in North America covered under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. The league has been in existence since 1988 and currently has 22 teams as members. Both the Hampton Roads Admirals and the South Carolina Stingrays lead the way in the ECHL with three championships each. The league has its own hall of fame and features outdoor games and all star games each season along with its playoffs and championship, known as the Kelly Cup. Last season's Kelly Cup champions were the Alaska Aces who defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones in the Finals. You can be sure that both of those tams will be eager to make it back to the Kelly Cup Finals while the rest of the league will be looking to unseat each conference champion in hopes of reaching the Finals themselves.
It took the Indy Fuel less than a year from being approved as expansion members of the ECHL to play their first game, a testament to how excited the city of Indianapolis is to have a hockey team.
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