- It’s certainly getting noticed what the Fuel have been doing. 12-1-1 in the last 14 games nets the Fuel a feature article from the ECHL.
- The ECHL is doing a “Fantasy Team” where a player chosen by the fans will wear a special jersey for one game. The Fuel’s game will be March 7. Click here to vote (Garett Bembridge, Mike Duco, Kyle Stroh or a write-in).
- The new ECHL team in Glens Falls, NY has a name – the Adirondack Thunder. It’s quasi-official that the Manchester Monarchs and Norfolk/Hampton Roads Admirals will keep their names from the previous AHL franchises. Adirondack keeps the nickname of the transferred Stockton Thunder franchise, leaving the ECHL with two Thunders.
- With all of the movement, the Prescott Valley, Arizona paper circles around to the dormant Arizona Sundogs, who competed last season in the Central Hockey League, but was one of two CHL teams (the Denver Cutthroats being the other) that suspended operations before the CHL was absorbed into the ECHL. The Sundogs haven’t approached the ECHL about joining the league.
- Former Ice D Anthony Bitetto was called back up to Nashville this week and made an impression by fighting Tampa Bay’s Brett Connolly in his second NHL game. Bitetto also had a pretty good experience in his first NHL game.
- Another recent former Ice player called up to the NHL, forward Daniil Tarasov, has had his big-league callup interrupted by a stint on the IR. He was injured blocking a shot while playing for the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
- A number of former Ice players were on hand at Soldier Field in the Hockey City Classic. Alex Gacek had an assist, while Alex Wideman and Sean Kuraly scored goals as Miami beat Western Michigan (and Aidan Muir) 4-3. Kuraly is the leading scorer for a solid RedHawks team that includes a number of former Ice.
- The long-rumored 4,500-seat arena project in Marion is back on, as it was approved by the Marion City Council. The previous iteration mentioned attempting to join the USHL, this one a “minor-league team.” The SPHL or FHL would be the likely possibilities for a professional tenant, but a league was not identified. Marion is likely to finance the arena with a bond issue.
- Las Vegas doesn’t have an NHL team, but it does have an owner authorized to launch a season-ticket drive to gauge interest, and Gary Bettman was on hand for the launch.