INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Last month, a couple dozen players participated at the first-ever Indy Fuel Free Agent Camp. Each player came from around the United States with the same goal, to earn an invitation to the club’s main training camp, set to begin October 1st at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Players participated in one practice and three scrimmages during the weekend of August 15-16. Head Coach Bernie John and his staff have made their choice. forward John Scully and defenseman Matt Geurts are getting have earned a tryout contract with the ECHL’s Indy Fuel.
“The overall camp was a success. We had some tough decisions but were pleased to add two players to main camp,” John explained in the team release. “It was great seeing the best fans in the league show up to continue their support of our team.”
Several ECHL teams host free agent camps. The Elmira Jackals and Brampton Beast have held similar camps recently. The Toledo Walleye had over 70 participants in their seventh-annual free agent camp. An event of this kind isn’t necessarily new to Indianapolis. The USHL’s Indiana Ice held summer camps to bring two or three players to the team’s main camp.
Indy Fuel fans showed up in decent numbers to see potential new additions to their favorite team.
— Sin Bin Fuel (@SinBinFuel) August 13, 2016
John Scully comes to Indy after playing two seasons in the Federal Hockey League (FHL). There he tallied 91 points (42g, 49a) in 95 games split between the Brewster Bulldogs, Steel City Warriors and Danville Dashers. Prior to that, Scully played four years of ACHA Club hockey at the University of Illinois. He also had a three-game stint with the SPHL’s Bloomington Thunder in 2014.
Defenseman Matt Geurts will join Scully at the Indy Fuel main camp. Geurts comes to Indy from Malungs IF in the Swedish Second Division. There he earned 12 points (3g, 9a) in 16 games. Prior to that, Geurts spent four years at St. Olaf College (NCAA Div. III). There he played 65 games earning 26 points (9g 17a).
“I expect a lot out of myself heading into camp, but this is also the highest level I have had the chance to play at, so I’m excited to see if I have what it takes to make it at the ECHL level.” Geurts said in the team release. “I just want to be able to put my best foot forward at camp, so I’m doing everything I can do to be ready.”
Although both players are only guaranteed a spot in the club’s training camp, if they do well it could earn them a spot on the team for Opening Night on October 14th. Even if the players don’t earn a spot, they could end up making an SPHL roster or in Scully’s case, head back to the FHL.
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