- With exhibition game 1 in the books, get a quick recap as the Fuel looked at many of their young players.
- The ECHL website is profiling all of the league’s coaches, including the Fuel’s Scott Hillman.
- With the NHL season opening Wednesday, there are 74 ECHL alumni on NHL opening-night rosters, as well as 30 coaches and 28 officials. Former ECHL players are represented on 27 of the 30 NHL teams.
- Fans have plenty of options to watch ECHL games, with the ECHL.tv passes. Early-bird pricing is in effect through Oct. 23.
- Goalposts will be painted blue across the league this year as part of a partnership between the ECHL and GEICO, which is sponsoring the goals for all 27 U.S.-based ECHL teams. The deal was brokered by the same Denver company that helped secure the naming rights to the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Other Indy-related hockey news
- Former Ice player Cameron Schilling spent time in the Chicago Blackhawks’ camp, but has been reassigned to AHL Rockford. Schilling is a native of Carmel.
- The Bruins’ Torey Krug, a former Ice Clark Cup champion, is still sizing up his opportunities. Meanwhile, Indy-area native Zach Trotman is also starting the year on the Bruins’ blueline.
- The Chicago Blackhawks like their 1-2 punch of Corey Crawford and former Ice netminder Scott Darling.
- Dan Cleary, the last active former IHL Indianapolis Ice player in the NHL, was waived by the Detroit Red Wings and is expected to be assigned to AHL Grand Rapids.
- The Red Wings are hoping for a seamless transition under new head coach Jeff Blashill, who coached the Ice for two seasons.
- Zionsville John-Michael Liles is starting the year on the Carolina Hurricanes’ blueline.
- WISH-8 and WNDY-23 are picking up WGN’s package of 19 syndicated Blackhawks games this year and televising them in the Indy market. The Blackhawks join the Blues – whose games are televised on Fox Sports Midwest – as the two teams whose games are televised in Indy.
- Friend of IndyPuck.com and former Fuel broadcaster Tony Brown was officially announced as the voice of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters last week. Former Nashville Predators play-by-play announcer Tom Callahan succeeds Tony with the Fuel.
Other interesting hockey stuff
- It’s the start of the NHL season. Yahoo previews all 30 teams.
- Doug Wickenheiser is a name familiar to many hockey fans from the 1980s – especially Blues fans, who remember Wickenheiser’s goal in the “Monday Night Miracle” comeback at The Arena. His daughter is carrying on his legacy in college soccer.
- The always-great Sean McIndoe gives seven storylines to watch.