INDIANAPOLIS, IN – In the ECHL and minor pro hockey, there is lots of turnover. Players going up and down between leagues as well as leaving their respective leagues to go overseas. Sometimes those players leave for a bigger paycheck or more ice time or perhaps, to go home to their native country. Because of that, we lose track of where our favorite players are. I decided to put together a list of what a few fan favorites have been up to since they left Indianapolis.
After playing two seasons with the Fuel and becoming the second overall points leader, Bly left the ECHL for a season abroad. Prior to the 2016-17 season, Bly signed with Brûleurs de Loups in Grenoble, France. Unfortunately for Bly, he injured his knee before the season started and he didn’t play during the regular season. He would return in time for the playoffs and score two goals in 12 games. According to the Brûleurs de Loups website, Bly left the team but it is not clear where he will end up
Lavoie played one season for the Fuel and earned his spot fourth all-time in points with 16 goals and 38 assists in 71 games. After playing two seasons in the ECHL, the first with Florida and the second with Indy, Lavoie made his way overseas. The French Canadian signed with BIK Karlskoga of the Swedish second division. Lavoie had a breakout year playing with Karlskoga, scoring 52 points (14g 38a) in 51 games. After his breakout year with Karlskoga, KalPa of the Finnish Liiga signed Lavoie, giving him the chance to play in a top five league in the world.
Highlights of Alex Lavoie with BIK Karlskoga:
White started his professional career with the Fuel after four years at the University of Vermont. In two years with the Fuel, White played 137 games, tallying 17 goals and 21 assists. After playing his first two professional seasons, White followed in the footsteps of many other ECHL players and went overseas to play in the EIHL, particularly the Dundee Stars. With the Stars, white played against other former Fuel players in defenseman Anders Franzon and goaltender Shane Owen. In his first season with the Stars, White earned 22 points (8g 14a) in 52 games.
Drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, Holl started his professional career with the Fuel. In 66 games with the Fuel, the 6-3 defenseman tallied seven goals and 27 assists earning him a spot on the AHL’s Toronto Marlies for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. This season, Holl will be on a two-way NHL contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. If called up to the main club, Holl would be the first Fuel alum to reach the NHL.
Defenseman Ben Marshall came to Indy after playing four years at the University of Minnesota. In one season and his first professional season at that, Marshall played all 72 games, earning 12 goals and 24 assists. After a great first season, earning himself a spot on the ECHL All-Rookie Team, Marshall signed an AHL contract with the Providence Bruins. In the 2016-17 season, the 24-year-old defenseman split time with the Bruins and Atlanta Gladiators.
Goaltender and fan favorite, Shane Owen was part of a trade at the end of the 2015-16 season that sent him to the Elmira Jackals. After finishing the season with Elmira, Owen made the move overseas to play for the Fife Flyers in the EIHL. Owen played 52 games for the Flyers, posting a 3.41 goals against average and .908 save percentage. In April of 2017 Owen signed a one-year deal with BIK Karlskoga in the Swedish Allsvenskan.