INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy announced Tuesday afternoon they have signed forward/defenseman Christian Finch to a 2016-17 ECHL contract. Finch comes to Indy after spending three years at the University of Toronto.
Finch will be starting his first full professional season. The 25-year-old played a six-game stint with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces last March tallying two goals and an assist. The Unionville, Ontario native finished up a three-year collegiate career with the University of Toronto (CIS), where he compiled 57 points (19g, 38a) in 63 total games. Prior to that, Finch played one year at Clarkson University (NCAA), where he tallied five assists in 18 games for the Golden Knights in 2012-13.
Prior to his collegiate career, Finch played two seasons as a forward for the Stouffville Spirit in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). In those two seasons, the 6-foot-0, 185-pound forward put up impressive numbers. The left-handed shot tallied 187 points (66g, 121a) in 98 games. In 2011-12 Finch earned OJHL First All-Star Team, league MVP and RBC Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year honors – all while leading Stouffville to the 2012 OJHL championship.
With the Finch signing, the Fuel has 18 players under contract for 2016-17, consisting of 11 forwards, four defensemen, two goaltenders and one forward/defenseman.
2016-17 PRESEASON ROSTER
- Martin Bellus (6-3, 209, Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia). Age: 24. Shoots: R.
- Tyler Currier (6-2, 206, Anchorage, Alaska). Age: 28. Shoots: R.
- (R) Justin Hussar (6-2, 190, Lancaster, NY). Age: 23. Shoots: L.
- Cody Sharib (6-2, 209, Needham, Mass). Age: 25. Shoots: L.
- Kevin Lynch (6-1, 205, Grosse Pointe, MI). Age: 25. Shoots: R.
- (R) Anthony Beauregard (5-7, 159, St. Hyacinthe, PQ). Age: 20. Shoots: R.
- Raphael Corriveau (6-4, 203, Levis, Quebec). Age: 22. Shoots: R.
- Alex Wideman (5-7, 150, St. Louis, Mo.). Age: 24. Shoots: L.
- Michael Colantone (5-11, 205, Cave Creek, AZ). Age: 24. Shoots: R.
- Matt Rupert (5-9, 185, London, ON). Age: 22. Shoots: L.
- Marek Tvrdon (6-2, 209, Nitra, SVK). Age: 23. Shoots: L.
- Christian Finch (6-0, 185, Unionville, ONT). Age: 25. Shoots: L.
- Matt Stanisz (6-1, 205, Burlington, ONT). Age: 26. Shoots: R.
- Zach Miskovic (6′, 197, River Forest, IL). Age: 31. Shoots: R.
- Kyle Shapiro (6′, 194, Ambler, PA). Age: 26. Shoots R.
- Nathan Bruyere (6’4, 245, Eagle Lake, ONT). Age: 24. Shoots L.
- Keegan Asmundson (6-5, 222, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.). Age: 25.
- Terry Shafer (The 6-2, 190, Rochester, N.Y.). Age: 25.