The link roundup is back! Had to take a two-week hiatus from it as a family matter took me out of town. A few items of interest to local hockey fans.
- The Fuel opened to a sellout crowd Friday night at the Coliseum. The return of pro hockey makes WTHR’s Bob Kravitz (a noted hockey supporter) a happy man. Opening night saw a sellout and a great crowd (RTV6).
- Fuel owner Sean Hallett tells the Indy Star he hopes to see a sellout every night.
- This was a pretty spectacular way to open a new era.
- The Indy-Fort Wayne rivalry didn’t take long to get going. That’s not a surprise to any of us who were around in the IHL days. To say they don’t like us much in Fort Wayne would be an understatement. Reading the Fort Wayne version of the rivalry (and a few not-so-thinly-veiled shots at us) will get your blood boiling a bit (a note that’s not in all the Fort Wayne boasting in the column – championships won when the teams have played in the same league: Indy 2, Fort Wayne 1).
- Some ECHL news. The San Jose Sharks were one of two NHL teams without an ECHL affiliation. They have one now, hooking up with the Allen Americans. Allen becomes the first of the former CHL teams to land an affiliation. The New Jersey Devils are now the lone NHL team without an ECHL affiliate.
- The Fuel had their first callup, as Mac Carruth was called up to Rockford on Tuesday. More on that below.
Indiana/Indianapolis Ice alumni
- Several former Ice players in the news. Scott Darling looks to become another alum to make the jump to the NHL, as he was called up to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday to back up Antti Raanta. That also led to Carruth being called up to Rockford.
- Brian Pinho, a freshman at Providence, was named Hockey East’s Rookie of the Week. He scored two goals in a weekend series against Ohio State, including the game-winner on Saturday. Pinho scored the Clark Cup-winning goal last year for the Ice. Pinho, Jon Gillies and the Friars will face Nick Mattson and North Dakota this weekend.
- Former Indianapolis Ice goaltender Dominik Hasek, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November, will have his number 39 retired by the Buffalo Sabres. Hasek is the seventh Sabre to see his number go in the rafters.
- Lots of connections when the Worcester Sharks met the Providence Bruins. Former linemates Brian Ferlin (Prov) & Daniil Tarasov (Worcester) played against each other. Their coaches also have Indy ties – Worcester’s Roy Sommer is a former Checker, and Providence’s Bruce Cassidy played for and coached the Ice.