With development camps done and the season still a couple of months away, we’ve hit the “summer lull” in hockey. But there are a few interesting items.
- The Fuel plan to unveil the team’s sweaters and mascot Friday at noon, the opening of the Indiana State Fair.
- The Fuel have brought in a Colorado company to pursue naming rights for the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum. The building had been known as the Pepsi Coliseum from 1990 through its closing for renovations in 2012, but Pepsi declined to continue with naming rights post-renovation.
- The Indiana State Fair opens this week, and the centerpiece is the Fuel’s new home arena — the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Agri-News takes a look at the spectacular new building.
- ICYMI, the Fuel have announced two new players within the last week: forwards Taylor Law and Dean Chelios.
- CSN Chicago has a feature on Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault.
- The Missouri Mavericks were named the Central Hockey League’s Franchise of the Year for the fourth straight year last week. Fuel coach Scott Hillman had coached the Mavericks for all four seasons.
- Maxim Shalunov, a Blackhawks prospect who played parts of last season with the ECHL Toledo Walleye (which was the Hawks’ ECHL affiliate), recently signed a two-year contract to play in Russia’s KHL.
- Speaking of Toledo, the Walleye are hosting some outdoor games this year. Excitement is growing over the event.
Other Indianapolis/Indiana hockey-related links
- BostonBruins.com has a nice feature on AHL Providence Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, who both played for and coached the IHL’s Indianapolis Ice in the 1990s. In fact, he was a part of all of the Ice’s IHL playoff series wins — winning the Turner Cup as a player in 1990 and coaching the Ice to a series win in 1999.
- Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving has had a busy off-season. The former Indianapolis Ice player and CHL president is in his first year as the Flames’ chief.
- The state’s one NCAA Div. I hockey team, Notre Dame, unveiled its schedule this week. The Irish will open with an exhibition game Oct. 5 against the University of Waterloo, a Canadian school, and then hosts a tournament with Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota and RPI the following weekend.
- Those who know me know I’m a big geography geek and a big uniform/logo nerd. Add to it “Brass Bonanza” (the great Whalers goal song) and you’ve got the mix for a great video.
- Sean McIndoe (aka “Down Goes Brown”) has always done great, off-beat (and often funny) stuff. This time, he looks at the NHL’s “Forrest Gumps” — the obscure players who have managed to be involved in big hockey moments.
- Rule changes season. Everyone’s experimenting with OT changes. This time, it’s the CHL’s turn — the league will play five-minute 3-on-3 overtimes (instead of 4-on-4), and also give an automatic game misconduct to players who accumulate two fighting majors in a game (unless the opponent in the second major draws an instigator penalty).