INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indy Fuel announced they have signed defensemen Kyle Shapiro and Nathan Bruyere to ECHL contracts for the 2016-17 season. Shapiro comes to Indy after playing for the Southern Professional Hockey League’s (SPHL) Columbus Cottonmouths, while Bruyere played two seasons with Lakehead University (CIS).
Shapiro comes to Indy after earning eight goals and 10 assists 54 games for Columbus in 2015-16. The native of Ambler, Penn. has played 11 ECHL games in 2014-15 with the Evansville IceMen. During that 11 game stint, Shapiro tallied four assists.
Prior to his professional career, the The 6-foot, 194-pound defenseman played four years at Nichols College, an NCAA Div. III college in Massachusetts. There he earned 60 points (18g, 42a) in 107 career games for the Bison from 2011-2015. Prior to that he played two years in the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NPHL). Shapiro won a Cascade Cup in 2011 with the Helena Bighorns.
Nathan Bruyere will be making his professional debut with the Indy Fuel. He comes from Lakehead University (CIS), where he earned nine goals and 12 assists in 41 games with the Thunderwolves. Before his two-year college career, Bruyere played three seasons with the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). He earned 81 points (35g, 46a) and 157 penalty minutes in 166 games for the Blizzard.
With Wednesday’s signing announcement, the Fuel now have 16 players under contract for 2016-17, consisting of 10 forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders.
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.
- 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.
Get a team-by-team breakdown of all the player movement in the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at thesinbin.net/2016-echl-transactions.