The Indy Fuel announced Wednesday a television deal with WRTV in Indianapolis to broadcast the team’s 36 home games on local television.
Many of the games will appear on HTSN — WRTV’s digital subchannel (which can be found over-the-air at 6.2 and on local cable systems) — with a few big games, including the Oct. 17 opener against Fort Wayne, appearing on WRTV-6, the Indianapolis ABC affiliate.
HTSN/WRTV also televises all Indianapolis Indians home games.
Veteran broadcaster Jim Mirabello is listed on the team website as a member of the team’s TV broadcast team. Mirabello has spent the last 14 seasons as a play-by-play announcer for the Indianapolis Ice of the CHL and the Indiana Ice of the USHL. He has described some important moments in recent local hockey history, including Yvan Corbin’s record 75-goal season in 2001, Steve Kirkpatrick’s appearance in goal for the Indianapolis Ice, and the Indiana Ice’s Clark Cup championship in 2014.
Fuel media relations director Tony Brown is also slated to handle broadcast duties. He was the very popular play-by-play voice of the USHL’s Omaha Lancers a year ago, and joined the team in June. Brown is a 2010 graduate of Syracuse University who has also worked in the NAHL and minor-league baseball.
This is the first significant television deal for an Indianapolis hockey team since the WHA’s Indianapolis Racers were on WTTV in the late 1970s. Hockey first appeared on local television in 1959, when WTTV televised selected Indianapolis Chiefs games, and returned when the Racers joined the WHA in 1974. A handful of Indianapolis Ice games were televised on over-the-air on WNDY during the mid-1990s.
Other programming will be announced at a later date.