Know our Foes: Central Division (part 5 of 6)

As the Indy Fuel get ready for their second season, it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with our potential foes in the ECHL. This week, we’ll look at the two divisions we haven’t yet previewed. The Central Division is made up of four of the seven teams that came over when the ECHL absorbed the now-defunct Central Hockey League. The seven came to the league en masse as a division, but have been split among four divisions. The Central has four teams, including the defending Kelly Cup champion Allen Americans. With the ECHL’s new conference-based playoff system, every team in the Western Conference is a potential playoff foe for each other, so it’s important to greet and get to know our foes.

Previous posts: East DivisionSouth DivisionNorth Division, West Division
Coming next: Midwest Division

Allen Americans
ECHL member since: 2014-15 (CHL Allen Americans 2009-14)
Last year: 48-14-10, 1st/7 Central Division
Head coach:
Steve Martinson (4th season)
NHL/AHL affiliate: 
San Jose Sharks/San Jose Barracuda
Allen Event Center, Allen, Tx. (capacity 6,200)
Fuel vs. Americans 2014-15: Indy was 1-0-0 against Allen, winning 4-1 on Jan. 23. 
2015-16 vs. Fuel: 
no games scheduled
Of note: Allen is not just looking to repeat its Kelly Cup title, it’s looking to win its fourth straight championship. The Americans also won the final two CHL titles in 2013 and 2014. Head coach Steve Martinson has won the final title both leagues that used the Central Hockey League name – he coached Allen in the 2014 Ray Miron Presidents Cup Final, and played for the Tulsa Oilers (who were renamed the CHL Oilers and became a road-only team at the end of the season), which won the 1984 Adams Cup title in the original CHL. That championship series was played entirely in Indianapolis, with the final game at the Carmel Ice Skadium. The Americans retain much of their nucleus, including top three scorers Chad Costello (41 goals, 125 points), Gary Steffes (73 points) and Gregor Hanson (61 points). Goaltender Riley Gill, who was 33-10-5 last season, is also back.

Missouri Mavericks
ECHL member since: 2014-15 (CHL Missouri Mavericks 2009-14)
Last year: 28-35-9, 6th/7 Central Division
Head coach: 
Richard Matvichuk (2nd season)
NHL/AHL affiliate: 
New York Islanders/Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Independence, Mo. (capacity 5,800)
Fuel vs. Mavericks 2014-15: Indy was 1-0-0 against Missouri, winning 5-1 on Oct. 24. 
2015-16 vs. Fuel:
6 games: 1 in Indy (Feb. 23) and 5 in Independence (Nov. 27-28, Feb. 12-14) 
Of note: Missouri is a familiar place to a lot of the Fuel family, as Fuel coach Scott Hillman was the Mavericks’ head coach for the franchise’s entire run in the CHL before coming to the Fuel last year. Anders Franzon, Josh Brittain, Shane Owen and Garett Bembridge are among the Fuel players who have suited up for Missouri. The Kansas City-area squad picked up a new affiliation with the New York Islanders after playing last season as an independent. Andrew Courtney (36 goals, 58 points in 2014-15) is the top returning scorer.

Tulsa Oilers
ECHL member since: 2014-15 (CHL Tulsa Oilers 1992-2014)
Last year: 37-29-6, 4th/7 Central Division
Head coach: 
Jason Christie (1st season)
NHL/AHL affiliate: 
Winnipeg Jets/Manitoba Moose
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (capacity 17,906)
Fuel vs. Oilers 2014-15: no games
2015-16 vs. Fuel: 
no games
Of note: This franchise is one of two that played the entire 22-year run of the second iteration of the Central Hockey League. It won the first title in the league’s history in 1992-93. Local hockey fans likely remember the Oilers and Indianapolis Ice having some incredible games during the Ice’s five-year run in the CHL, most notably the five-game playoff series in 2000 which the Ice won in a 7-0 Game 5 that set CHL records for penalty minutes. Adam Pleskash (41 goals, 71 points) is the leading returning scorer. The Oilers also acquired Brian Nugent from Cincinnati and Brandon Wong from South Carolina to bolster their attack. Kevin Carr (30-16-4 last season) and Andy Iles form a goaltending tandem.

Wichita Thunder
ECHL member since: 
2014-15 (CHL Wichita Thunder 1992-2014)
Last year: 
32-31-9, 5th/7 Central Division
Head coach: 
Kevin McClelland (6th season)
NHL/AHL affiliate: none
Arena: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (capacity 13,400)
Fuel vs. Thunder 2014-15: no games
2015-16 vs. Fuel: 2 games: 1 in Indy (Jan. 2), 1 in Wichita (Nov. 25)
Of note: The Thunder join Tulsa as the only two franchises that played all 22 seasons of the original CHL. Wichita is the lone team listed on the ECHL website as an independent, although two other teams (Alaska & Colorado) list their affiliations as TBA as we head to the season’s opening week. The Thunder return their top two scorers, Danick Gauthier (29 goals, 68 points) and Ian Lowe (20 goals, 58 points). Kenton Miller, who was in training camp with the Fuel last season, is also a part of the Wichita roster for the second straight season. He had 43 points last year. The Thunder won CHL titles in 1994 and 1995. One of Wichita’s retired numbers belongs to Ron Handy – who played three different stints in Indy – for the Checkers in both the CHL and IHL and the IHL’s Ice, and had a 135-point season with the Checkers.

56 Responses

  1. read more says:

    I simply want to tell you that I am just newbie to weblog and absolutely savored you’re web blog. Likely I’m want to bookmark your blog . You really come with impressive posts. Thanks for sharing your blog.

  2. What are the laws on republishing newspaper articles in a book? Are there copyright issues?

  3. I was studying some of your articles on this internet site and I believe this web site is real instructive! Keep on putting up.

  4. Whats up very cool site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your website and take the feeds also¡KI’m satisfied to seek out a lot of useful info here in the submit, we want develop extra strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  5. I want to start a website to post merchandise from home. Would a blog be fine? Or are there free sources for creating websites?.

  6. I’m not sure where you are getting your info, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this information for my mission.

  7. I¡¦m not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic. I must spend some time learning more or figuring out more. Thanks for great info I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

  8. I am so happy to read this. This is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  9. I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  10. Hello very nice web site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds additionally¡KI’m happy to find a lot of useful information right here in the post, we’d like develop extra techniques in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  11. I’m so happy to read this. This is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  12. I have to get across my love for your kindness supporting those who really need help with in this study. Your real dedication to getting the message around had become exceptionally significant and have usually permitted guys much like me to attain their dreams. Your entire helpful help and advice means much to me and additionally to my fellow workers. Many thanks; from everyone of us.

  13. I¡¦ve recently started a blog, the information you offer on this website has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work.

  14. Nice blog right here! Additionally your site quite a bit up very fast! What web host are you the usage of? Can I am getting your associate hyperlink on your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  15. could someone explain to me exactly how I would make money blogging?

  16. This is really interesting, You’re a very professional blogger. I have joined your feed and look ahead to in quest of extra of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!

  17. Drema Byrne says:

    What type of customer email are you most frustrated with?

  18. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  19. I¡¦m not positive where you’re getting your information, but great topic. I must spend a while learning more or working out more. Thanks for excellent info I was in search of this information for my mission.

  20. You made a few nice points there. I did a search on the subject and found most persons will agree with your blog.

  21. you are truly a excellent webmaster. The site loading velocity is amazing. It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick. Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a magnificent task on this matter!

  22. It¡¦s actually a great and helpful piece of info. I¡¦m satisfied that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  23. you’re in reality a just right webmaster. The site loading pace is incredible. It seems that you are doing any distinctive trick. In addition, The contents are masterwork. you’ve performed a magnificent process on this subject!

  24. I am just writing to let you be aware of what a fantastic discovery my friend’s girl experienced checking your blog. She mastered such a lot of pieces, which include how it is like to have a great helping spirit to get many people really easily grasp a variety of tricky topics. You really did more than my desires. I appreciate you for imparting these powerful, safe, informative and in addition easy guidance on this topic to Kate.

  25. You are a very capable person!

  26. I am really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues?
    A small number of my blog visitors have complained about my website not
    working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any advice to help fix this problem?

    Chelsea tröja

  27. dating coach says:

    I’m also commenting to let you know what a beneficial encounter my friend’s child developed visiting the blog. She came to find a wide variety of pieces, which include what it is like to have an incredible helping mood to get many people smoothly gain knowledge of specified very confusing matters. You actually exceeded visitors’ expectations. Many thanks for offering such warm and helpful, trustworthy, explanatory and fun tips about the topic to Ethel.

  28. Hi, i believe that i noticed you visited my website thus i came to go
    back the favor?.I am trying to in finding things to improve my site!I guess its adequate to
    use a few of your ideas!!

    Napoli ny trøje

  29. buying time says:

    I am just commenting to make you understand of the notable experience my princess went through using your web page. She mastered plenty of issues, most notably what it’s like to possess an incredible helping character to have men and women just have an understanding of specific very confusing issues. You truly did more than her expectations. I appreciate you for imparting these warm and friendly, trusted, explanatory and as well as cool guidance on the topic to Evelyn.

  30. Excellent blog here! Additionally your web site lots up fast! What host are you the use of? Can I am getting your associate link in your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  31. I do believe all of the ideas you have introduced on your post. They’re really convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are very quick for novices. Could you please lengthen them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

  32. Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this site.

  33. Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is amazing, great written and come with approximately all significant infos. I would like to peer more posts like this .

  34. carpeting says:

    Hi, Neat post. There is a problem along with your site in web explorer, may test this¡K IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a huge portion of other folks will miss your fantastic writing because of this problem.

  35. Automotive says:

    whoah this blog is magnificent i really like reading your articles. Keep up the good work! You recognize, lots of persons are looking around for this info, you can aid them greatly.

  36. I must show my love for your kind-heartedness for those individuals that really want help on this one theme. Your very own dedication to getting the solution all through had become especially practical and have in most cases permitted associates like me to attain their pursuits. This interesting recommendations denotes much to me and much more to my office colleagues. Thanks a ton; from everyone of us.

  37. Automotive says:

    certainly like your web-site however you have to check the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I will definitely come back again.

  38. Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last several posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a bit out of track! come on!

  39. Some genuinely prize articles on this web site , saved to my bookmarks .

  40. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way, how could we communicate?

  41. Health says:

    Perfectly written subject matter, Really enjoyed looking through.

  42. Business says:

    Very interesting points you have remarked, regards for putting up. “You bluffed me I don’t like it when people bluff me. It makes me question my perception of reality.” by Andrew Schneider.

  43. Women says:

    I got what you mean , regards for posting .Woh I am thankful to find this website through google. “Food is the most primitive form of comfort.” by Sheila Graham.

  44. Hello my loved one! I want to say that this post is amazing, great written and include approximately all vital infos. I would like to see extra posts like this .

  45. Pets says:

    Rattling nice design and fantastic content material , very little else we require : D.

  46. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  47. Web Design says:

    of course like your web-site but you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the reality however I’ll surely come back again.

  48. I must express some thanks to the writer for bailing me out of this particular instance. Right after searching through the online world and getting tips which were not beneficial, I was thinking my life was over. Living minus the approaches to the difficulties you’ve resolved through your entire write-up is a serious case, as well as the kind which might have badly affected my career if I had not noticed the website. The talents and kindness in maneuvering almost everything was vital. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t encountered such a step like this. I can also at this point look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot very much for this high quality and result oriented help. I won’t hesitate to endorse your web sites to anybody who needs and wants guidance on this situation.

  49. Dating says:

    I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thank you again!

  50. Shopping says:

    I consider something genuinely special in this internet site.

  51. fantastic issues altogether, you just gained a new reader. What might you recommend about your publish that you simply made some days ago? Any sure?

  52. Legal says:

    I genuinely enjoy reading on this internet site , it contains superb posts . “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” by Lord Kelvin.

  53. Nice blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  54. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays..

  55. Hello my family member! I want to say that this post is awesome, nice written and come with approximately all important infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

  56. Travel says:

    Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website, how could i subscribe for a blog web site? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.