The Indy Fuel announced Tuesday the team had traded forward Garett Bembridge to the Rapid City Rush in exchange for future considerations.
Bembridge was acquired in a similar future considerations deal from the Missouri Mavericks in November, 2014, and led the Fuel in scoring in 2014-15, the team’s inaugural season, tallying 25 goals and 27 assists in 62 games. This season, he has 11 goals and 13 assists in 40 games. His 36 goals, 40 assists and 76 points are the most in the Fuel’s two-year history.
The 34-year-old right wing is in his 15th full professional season, which began in the spring of 2001 with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. He has played for Hartford, Saint John, Lowell, Syracuse, Portland and Iowa in the AHL; Las Vegas, Augusta, Utah, Idaho, Missouri and Indy in the ECHL; Wichita and Denver in the now-defunct Central Hockey League; and for several teams in Germany, Italy and Japan. In his career spanning three continents, Bembridge has played 890 games, with 413 goals, 480 assists and 893 points. In the ECHL, he has 275 points (128-147-275) in 316 career games. In his North American pro career, he has 205 goals, 248 assists and 453 points in 629 games.
In 2013-14, he was the CHL’s scoring champion and the league’s MVP when he scored 42 goals and 104 points with the Denver Cutthroats in the league’s last-ever season.
Bembridge was one of five veterans on the Fuel roster, joining Josh Brittain, Adam Lapsansky, Nick Petrecki and captain Zach Miskovic. The ECHL allows four veterans on the active roster.