The Indy Fuel hosted their third annual Media Day as they prepare for Friday’s ECHL season opener. The team has made several moves in the last week to prepare for their home-and-home match-up with the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Forward Patrick D’Amico was acquired Saturday in a trade from the Atlanta Gladiators for the rights to defenseman Ben Marshall. As well as acquiring D’Amico, the team’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, assigned goaltender Jake Hildebrand, as well as defensemen Nick Mattson and Jonathan Carlsson to Indy.
The team also acquired forward Brady Ramsay from the Tulsa Oilers in exchange for future considerations. In addition to those moves, the Fuel released goaltender Keegan Asmundson and forward Christian Finch.
“We’re always going to continue to tinker with our roster to make sure we’ve got the roster possible to put us in the playoffs,” said Head Coach and VP of Hockey Operations, Bernie John. “Because it’s three years in, the expansion word is now officially over. We’re here to play, we’re here to take the next step, and we’re here to compete for a championship.”
This season, the team looks to have a more up-tempo game compared to last season. In order to make sure the team plays that role, John will have the help of Assistant Coach Jan Jas and player/assistant coach Zach Miskovic. Miskovic was announced as captain during last year’s Media Day, but now goes into the season with a similar role but different tag.
“My role will stay the same [as last season]. Said Miskovic, “Lead off the ice, lead on the ice to the best I can, have a little more interaction with Bernie and Jan in the coaches’ office when they need help or have questions. I’d like to be a part of that.”
The active roster maximum is 21 for the first 30 days of the regular season. Indy’s roster currently sits at 23 players (13 forwards, eight defensemen, two goalies). “We went out and got some big guys but we also wanted to make sure we added some scoring depth,” said John. “We didn’t want to have to have one line score all of our goals every night.”
Indy opens up its third ECHL season with a home-and-home matchup with the Cincinnati Cyclones. After that, the team will head to Tulsa and Missouri for their second weekend of games. Prior to that, the team will need to be cut down to 21 players for opening night.
2016-17 PRESEASON ROSTER
- Anthony Beauregard (5-11, 163, St. Hyancithe, QC). Age: 20. Shoots: R.
- Martin Bellus (6-3, 209, Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia). Age: 24. Shoots: R.
- Michael Colantone (5-11, 205, Brooklyn, N.Y.). Age: 24. Shoots: R.
- Raphael Corriveau (6-4, 203, Levis, QC). Age: 22. Shoots: R.
- Tyler Currier (6-2, 206, Anchorage, AK). Age: 28. Shoots: R.
- (R) Justin Hussar (6-2, 190, Lancaster, N.Y.). Age: 23. Shoots: L.
- Kevin Lynch (6-1, 205, Grosse Pointe, MI.). Age: 25. Shoots: R.
- Matt Rupert (5-9, 188, Grand Bend, ONT.). Age: 22. Shoots: L.
- Cody Sharib (6-2, 209, Needham, MA). Age: 25. Shoots: L.
- Marek Tvrdon (6-2, 217, Bratislava, Slovakia). Age: 23. Shoots: L.
- Alex Wideman (5-7, 150, St. Louis, MO.). Age: 24. Shoots: L.
- Patrick D’Amico (6-0, 201, Winnipeg, MB.) Age: 21. Shoots: L.
- Brady Ramsay (5-9, 178, Calgary, ALB.) Age: 23. Shoots: R
- Randy Cure (6-3, 205, Bloomington, MN.). Age: 26: Shoots: R.
- Zach Miskovic (6-1, 197, River Forest, IL.). Age: 31. Shoots: R.
- Kyle Shapiro (6-2, 200, Ambler, PA.). Age: 26. Shoots: R.
- Matt Stanisz (6-1, 205, Burlington, ONT.). Age: 26. Shoots: R.
- (TO) Griffin Foulk (6-0, 193, Broomfield, CO.). Age: 21. Shoots: L.
- (TO) Drew Schiestel (6-2, 193, Hamilton, ONT.). Age: 27. Shoots: R.
- (RFD) Nick Mattson (6-1, 190, Chanhassen, MN.). Age: 24. Shoots: L.
- (RFD) Jonathan Carlsson (6-2, 187, Uppsala, SWE.) Age: 28. Shoots: R.
- (RFD) Eric Levine (6-3, 185, Wheeling, IL.). Age: 27. Catches: L.
- (RFD) Jake Hildebrand (6-0, 194, Butler, PA.). Age: 23. Catches: L.