We’ve been in offseason mode for the past few weeks due to a number of factors, but with the Indy Fuel opening training camp this weekend and the NHL opening the regular season next week, it’s time to start thinking about hockey again!
- The Fuel have a pretty full roster going into training camp, which opens this weekend, including five veterans.
- The Stanley Cup will be visiting the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Nov. 13, with a Hockey Night in Indy celebration.
- The Fuel have also announced that this year’s home games will be televised on HTSN-6.2 (with some games on WRTV) again this year with Jim Mirabello and Mike Berger on the call, and WXNT-1430 will again air all 72 games. Tom Callahan, the former broadcaster for the Nashville Predators, will handle radio duties. Tony Brown, who was the Fuel’s radio play-by-play announcer last season, is now with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, but represented the Fuel in his creative intro to the Cleveland fans.
- Lots of changes in the ECHL this past year. Catch up with a lot of them (most notably, 3-on-3 overtime and 3-round shootouts, some new teams and a whole lot of affiliation changes) here.
- They aren’t on the Fuel’s schedule, but a familiar face is behind the bench in the ECHL, as former Ice player Cail MacLean is the new head coach of the Adirondack Thunder.
- In lieu of an All-Star Game, Kalamazoo will host ECHL Hockey Heritage Week, the league’s premier in-season event. It will be from Feb. 1-6, 2016.
Indy hockey news
- New Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who led the Ice to a Clark Cup in 2009, is bringing a new approach. One of Blashill’s Wings, Daniel Cleary, is the last active NHL player who played for the IHL’s Indianapolis Ice.
- Several Ice alums are participating in NHL training camps. Brian Ferlin and Torey Krug both scored for Boston in a 4-3 win over Detroit on Saturday.
- Former Ice G Jon Gillies was assigned to AHL Stockton from the Calgary Flames training camp.
- Former Ice F Daniil Tarasov, who made his NHL debut in San Jose last year, is headed to the KHL.
- Former Ice G Scott Darling got his name on the Stanley Cup as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, and he enters 2015-16 with a new contract and a vow to keep his “foot on the gas.”