Anders Franzon, who has been a key part of the Indy Fuel’s blueline throughout the franchise’s two seasons, is headed across the pond.
Franzon signed with the Sheffield Steelers of Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League.
“I always wanted to move to Europe and experience life overseas,” Franzon said in an article on the Steelers website. “I spoke with a couple of former Steelers players in Matt Stephenson and Colt King. They told me I couldn’t go wrong with Sheffield and that the club, the city and the fans were all first class.”
A 6-foot-3, 196-pound defenseman out of Vermont, Franzon played 126 games with the Fuel, often in a defensive role, and providing a veteran presence. In the team’s inaugural 2014-15 season, he was the Fuel’s lone defenseman who had played a full professional season. He had six goals and 26 assists with the Fuel, and also 31 points in 66 games with the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks in 2013-14.
The offseason will likely begin seeing more moves after June 16, when ECHL teams submit their end-of-season rosters and can begin signing players for 2016-17, which will be the first full season for head coach Bernie John. Among other moves involving players who were on the Fuel roster in 2015-16, Chris DeSousa has re-signed a one-year deal with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, where he spent the majority of last season, and forward Dylan Clarke announced his retirement after the Fuel’s final game.