Although the Indy Fuel of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) is a relatively new semi-pro franchise, it is making a lot of noise within its division. Since 2014, the stock of this talented roster continues to rise. Once Jim Hallett purchased the franchise, the impact was felt almost immediately. Within three seasons, the team earned its first Kelly Cup Playoff berth. The Fuel has had a number of exciting contests with strong opponents like the Evansville IceMen and the Florida Everblades. The combination of a strong fan base and affiliation with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks has helped the team exceed expectations. After a narrow 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones, the Fuel is looking to regain its footing against the Fort Wayne Comets on Feb. 18 and the Kalamazoo Wings on Feb. 21. Hockey fans who want to see Fuel in action can find the best tickets at StubHub.
What is the history of the Indy Fuel hockey team?
Since joining the East Coast Hockey League, the Indiana Fuel has consistently pulled in record crowds at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Fuel was one of several expansion teams that entered the league in 2014. This was a huge shot in the arm for the Central Indiana area. Indianapolis has served as the home base to a number of greats, including Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. This franchise quickly found its footing within the community. Fans are devoted to the team not only because of the exciting play but also due to the generous community work. While last year's squad saw some improvements, this year's team is on the path to exceeding expectations.
How many Indy Fuel alumni have gone on to play professional hockey?
Since the Indiana Fuel's inaugural season in 2014, the team has had two members play in the National Hockey League. Thirty-seven former Fuel players have suited up for the American Hockey League, and 27 members have played for the AHL affiliate Rockford IceHogs.
What is the Indy Fuel's schedule?
The Indy Fuel's 2019-2020 home schedule is pretty tough. The team has a total of 36 home games at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The schedule kicks off with a double-header against the formidable Cincinnati Cyclones on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Eleven different teams, both rivals, and newcomers will go up against the Fuel. According to broadcaster Andrew Smith, the Indy Fuel will have a very balanced schedule. The lion's share of the home games will come after December, and fan attendance is expected to increase.