Defenseman Kyle Follmer has agreed to terms with the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, making him the 10th player and third defenseman on the team’s roster.
Follmer brings strength and toughness to the blueline, as he stands 5-11, 202. He’s also a skilled puck-moving defenseman who can play multiple roles, making him a significant asset for the 2013-14 team. He will be a first-year professional after having played four years at Northern Michigan. He had a 21-goal season for the USHL Lincoln Stars in 2006-07.
At NMU, he appeared in 152 games, with 67 points and 194 penalty minutes from 2009-13. He also played three USHL seasons from 2005-08, with 106 points and 370 penalty minutes in 169 junior games.
Follmer’s best season at NMU, scoring-wise, was his junior year. He had four goals and 22 assists in 36 games. He had three goals and nine assists as a senior. He missed the 2013-14 due to hip surgery, but he’s excited to be joining the Fuel.
“Last year was difficult for me, but I’m really excited to be in Indianapolis next year,” Follmer said in a team release. “This is a fresh start for me and a chance to prove to people that I can play at this level.”
Follmer continues the Fuel’s wave of college signings. He is the eighth player on the roster to have played four years at an NCAA school. The St .Paul, Minn. native is a left-shot defenseman who will turn 27 in September.
Fuel roster as of August 13
Rhett Bly (R). 5-10, 185. Age 24. Shoots L. 2013-14: Merrimack College (NCAA)
Dean Chelios (R). 6-2, 185. Age: 25. Shoots L. 2013-14: Michigan State University (NCAA)/Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Garrett Klotz (V). 6-6, 250. Age: 25. Shoots L. 2013-14: Allen Americans (CHL)
Taylor Law (R). 6-2, 200. Age: 24. Shoots L. 2013-14: Canisius (NCAA)/Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Pete Massar (R). 5-9, 180. Age 25. Shoots R. 2013-14: University of Vermont (NCAA)/Missouri Mavericks (CHL)
Kenton Miller. 6-0, 196. Age: 23. Shoots L. 2013-14: Utah/Fort Wayne (ECHL)
Cory Thorson (R). 6-2, 200. Age: 24. Shoots L. 2013-14: St. Cloud State (NCAA)
Kyle Follmer (R). 5-10, 202. Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2012-13: Northern Michigan (NCAA)
Anders Franzon. 6-3, 196. Age 25. Shoots R. 2013-14: Missouri Mavericks (CHL)
Zach Sternberg (R). 6-0, 187. Age 23. Shoots R. 2013-14: Lake Superior State (NCAA)