The Indy Fuel will have a familiar face between the pipes, as they announced Monday they have re-signed goaltender Shane Owen.
The Fuel also announced the signing of rookie forward Terrence Wallin from UMass-Lowell.
Owen returns to the Fuel after a stellar 2014-15 season. Acquired via trade from Stockton in January, Owen was 9-6-2 with a 2.27 GAA and a .927 save percentage with the Fuel. He also notched one shutout – the first in team history – and his fourth as a pro. His Indy numbers made him one of the top goaltenders in the league in the second half of the season. Owen was a big part in the Fuel posting the best record in the ECHL over the latter half of the year.
Owen will be entering his sixth pro season, which has included stops in the ECHL, CHL, LNAH and AHL. His best hockey has come the last two seasons. In 2013-14, he was 35-15-1 with a 2.58 GAA and .917 save percentage for the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks and Fuel coach Scott Hillman, playing a career-high 52 games. He was 6-11-0 with Stockton before coming to the Fuel last season, and he played 36 games for the two teams. Owen has 151 minor pro games to his credit. In the ECHL, he has played 96 games and compiled a 3.57 GAA. He has also played one AHL game with Hershey in 2010-11 – his rookie season – and two games in the LNAH in Trois-Rivieres in 2012-13. He has suited up for Florida, South Carolina, Alaska, Utah, Stockton and Indy in the ECHL.
Owen becomes the third player to re-sign with the Fuel, joining forwards Matt White and Rhett Bly.
Wallin recently completed a four-year career at UMass-Lowell. He had four goals and six assists in 32 games for the River Hawks this past season, and had a +5 rating. He had 16 goals and 34 assists in 138 games over his four-year career – including 8-17-25 in his freshman year. He was part of the winningest senior class in UML history, winning two Hockey East titles and competing in the Frozen Four. He stands 6-0, 204 and played right wing.
Wallin is the fifth forward to be signed by the Fuel for the 2015-16 season, and the third rookie, joining Casey Thrush and Walker Wintoneak. He is a strong defensive forward who was +27 for his college career. He is a native of Yardley, Pa.
- 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) Terrence Wallin (6-0, 204, Yardley, Pa.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: UMass-Lowell (NCAA)
- (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)
- Shane Owen (6-2, 195, Markham, Ont.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
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
Andy Simpson (D), Anders Franzon (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