Fuel re-sign Stroh, add Steckel

The Indy Fuel announced Tuesday the team has re-signed forward Kyle Stroh and signed rookie forward Reed Seckel.

The signings give the Fuel nine forwards so far headed into training camp, as well as 13 total players. The team also has three defensemen and one goaltender under contract.

Stroll becomes the seventh player from the 2014-15 roster to re-sign with the Fuel. He was a huge part of the Fuel’s second-half turnaround this past season. Acquired from Rapid City via trade in January, Stroh made an immediate impact, tallying 18 goals and 15 assists in 40 games with the Fuel. He also had a plus-9 rating. He was the team’s second-leading scorer.

A strong finisher who often skated centered a line that was flanked by Garett Bembridge – who has also been re-signed for 2015-16 – Stroh was one of the Fuel’s highest-scoring players. He had a seven-game scoring streak in January that included a four-point game in Greenville, and the first hat trick in team history on Jan. 24 against Evansville. He had seven multi-point games with the Fuel, and had five game-winning goals with the Fuel. He had eight game-winners overall.

Overall, he had 25 goals and 22 assists in 72 games between Rapid City and Indy last season, which was his second full pro year. The Vibank, Saskatchewan native played four years collegiately at Div. III St. Norbert, and made his pro debut in the 2013 playoffs with Rapid City. In 130 pro games, he has 38 goals and 30 assists. He also has seven points in nine career CHL playoff games in 2013 and 2014.

Seckel becomes the fifth player who will be classified as a rookie on the Fuel’s preseason roster. He made his professional debut at the end of last season with the Toledo Walleye, playing 10 games (players with fewer than 25 games of pro experience are classified rookies by the ECHL). He had an assist in 10 games with the Walleye.

Seckel adds toughness to the Fuel roster. In four and a half seasons at Northern Michigan University, the Michigan native played in 148 games, with 41 goals and 46 assists. He had eight goals and nine assists in 33 games this past season, which was preceded by three straight 20-point campaigns. Seckel also provided toughness with NMU, tallying 345 penalty minutes in his career, including 200 total in the last two seasons. He was one of the Wildcats’ alternate captains in 2014-15. As a sophomore, he led NMU in goals with 13. He led the Wildcats in PIM in each of his last three years.

From 2008-2010, he played for Green Bay in the USHL, setting the tone for his eventual college game as a dual-threat scorer and power player. He was a point-a-game player, with 24 goals and 58 points in 54 games in 2009-10 with a Clark Cup championship team, also tallying 135 PIM. In two USHL seasons, he had 34 goals, 75 assists and 256 PIM in 114 games. He also had a +63 plus/minutes, and was a playoff performer, tallying 14 points in 12 games in the Gamblers’ 2010 championship run.

Stroh’s ECHL bio
Stroh’s HockeyDB page

Seckel’s HockeyDB page
Seckel’s NMU bio
Seckel’s ECHL bio

2015-16 Indy Fuel preseason roster as of Aug. 11

Forwards (9)

  • (V) Garett Bembridge (6-0, 180, Saskatoon, Sask.). Age: 34. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Rhett Bly (5-10, 185, Regina, Sask.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (V) Josh Brittain (6-5, 220, Milton, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Ontario Reign (ECHL)
  • (R) Reed Seckel (5-10, 182, Melvin, Mich.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Northern Michigan (NCAA)/Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
  • Kyle Stroh (6-1, 185, Vibank, Sask.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (R) Casey Thrush (6-1, 185, Easton, Md.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: New Hampshire (NCAA)
  • (R) Terrence Wallin (6-0, 204, Yardley, Pa.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: UMass-Lowell (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)

Defensemen (3)

  • Anders Franzon (6-3, 196, Plattsburgh, NY). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (V) Kevin Quick (6-0, 181, Buffalo, NY). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Dundee Stars (EIHL)
  • (R) Andy Simpson (5-11, 190, Chesterfield, Mo.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Dartmouth Big Green (NCAA)

Goaltenders (1)

  • Shane Owen (6-2, 195, Markham, Ont.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)

R-Rookie, V-Veteran

Players from 2014-15 team who have been issued ECHL qualifying offers and have not signed elsewhere
Nicklas Lindberg (C), Pete Massar (RW), Peter Schneider (RW)

Players from the 2014-15 end-of-season roster who have not signed elsewhere/received a QO
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)
Justin Holl (D) — Toronto Marlies (AHL) (had been under contract to Rockford)
Mike Duco (LW) – Britain (Sheffield Steelers)
Doug Jessey (D) – France (Brest Albatros)
Nick Bruneteau (D) — Norway (Stavanger Oilers)
Saverio Posa (D) – Italy (Cortina, reported)