A few links of interest to local hockey fans.
- The Fuel announced their first two preseason games, Oct. 7-8 in Anchorage against the defending Kelly Cup champion Alaska Aces.
- ICYMI, an IndyPuck update on the Blackhawks’ pro players in the system. We’ll follow up with other players later on.
- The Fuel’s NHL affiliate, the Chicago Blackhawks, are holding their prospect camp this week, with several players who will wear Fuel sweaters in the near or distant future on the ice. Preview (Tribune) | Trevor van Riemsdyk Q&A | Matt Carey Q&A | First scrimmage recap | Beau Sterrett blog | Stephen Johns feature | Ryan Hartman feature | FanSided post | Video highlights (scroll to bottom for options)
- Former Ice player Paul Carey signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. It’s a two-way deal with an NHL salary of $715,000. Carey played 12 regular season games and three playoff games with the Central Division champion Avalanche at the end of last season after spending much of the year with AHL Lake Erie. Carey scored 34 goals with the Ice in 2007-08.
- The link is in Finnish, but goaltender Samu Perhonen, who started 2013-14 with the Ice, signed with KalPassa of the Finnish SM-Liga, his home country’s top league.
- It’s development camp time. Josh Jacobs, 2012-14 Ice player and Devils’ second-round pick, is mentioned deep in this story. Justin Bailey, who briefly played for the Ice, gets some press in Buffalo.
Other Indy hockey related news
- Former Checker Gord Dineen was named the head coach of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, the Maple Leafs’ top affiliate, a day after his brother Kevin was named a Blackhawks assistant coach. Kevin didn’t play in Indy, but their brother Shawn was also a Checker.
- The announcement had been made earlier, but former IHL Ice captain Ryan Huska was introduced as the Adirondack Flames head coach this week.
- The Arizona Coyotes signed associate coach (and former IHL Ice player) Jim Playfair to a multiyear contract extension.
Elsewhere in hockey
- Pretty cool story here: the St. Louis Blues’ Jaden Schwartz is changing his number from 9 to 17 to honor his late sister, who wore No. 17 at Yale.
- Rich Peverley, the Dallas Stars veteran who collapsed on the bench during a game last year, is slowly working back to a return to hockey.