The Indy Fuel have signed their first veteran for the 2015-16 season, inking defenseman – and former Tampa Bay Lightning skater – Kevin Quick.
Quick fills one of the team’s four veteran spots, having played 368 pro games since 2008. He also is the first defenseman to be signed for the 2015-16 season. He stands 6-0, 181.
He comes to the Fuel from Britain, where he played the 2014-15 season with the Dundee Stars. He had four goals and 23 assists in 60 games with the Stars. He was chosen as the team MVP by the Dundee program writers last season.
Quick will bring a substantial veteran presence to a blueline that was the youngest in the ECHL last season – beginning the year with only one player with a year of pro experience.
“Kevin is a proven leader and he has been successful at every level of hockey,” Fuel coach Scott Hillman said in a team release, noting he has NHL experience, but has also won a Kelly Cup and has been a captain in the ECHL. “We’re confident Kevin will provide us with the veteran presence on the blueline that we lacked last season.”
He was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Lightning and played six games with the Bolts in 2008-09, tallying one assist. Quick will become the second player with NHL experience to wear the Fuel sweater, joining former captain Mike Duco, who is going the opposite direction across the Atlantic this summer and will play in Britain this season.
Quick has also played 158 games in the AHL, all but three with the Norfolk Admirals, with a goal and 33 assists. He made his ECHL debut with the Augusta Lynx in 2008-09 tallying six points in 18 games. He had an assist in nine playoff games for Elmira in 2009. He returned to the ECHL in 2012-13 and played 108 games for Florida and South Carolina through 2014, tallying three goals and 28 assists. He had a career-high 17 points for South Carolina in 2012-13, and captained the Stingrays. In 2012, he was part of the Kelly Cup champion Florida Everblades, tallying four points in 16 playoff games.
- Rhett Bly (5-10, 185, Regina, Sask.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
- (R) Casey Thrush (6-1, 185, Easton, Md.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: New Hampshire (NCAA)
- Matt White (6-2, 196, McMurray, Pa.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
- (R) Walker Wintoneak (6-3, 210, Thunder Bay, Ont.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Univ. of Calgary (CIS)
- (V) Kevin Quick (6-0, 181, Buffalo, NY). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Dundee Stars (EIHL)
Players from 2014-15 team who have been issued ECHL qualifying offers and have not signed elsewhere
Nick Bruneteau (D), Nicklas Lindberg (C), Pete Massar (RW), Peter Schneider (RW), Kyle Stroh (C)
Players from the 2014-15 end-of-season roster who have not signed elsewhere/received a QO
Shane Owen (G), Anders Franzon (D), Andy Simpson (D), Garett Bembridge (RW), Johnny McGuire (F) Evan Vossen (F)
Players from 2014-15 end-of-season roster who have signed elsewhere
Chris DeSousa (LW) – Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Kirill Gotovets (D) – Rockford IceHogs (AHL) (had been under contract to Rockford)
Mike Duco (LW) – Britain
Doug Jessey (D) – France
Saverio Posa (D) – Italy