Fuel ink Sharib, Currier

The Indy Fuel announced Tuesday the team has agreed to terms with forwards Cody Sharib and Tyler Currier for the 2016-17 season.

The signings give the Fuel five players under contract, as the duo joins returnees Keegan Asmundson and Justin Hussar, as well as forward Martin Bellus.

Sharib had a solid rookie season for the Fuel, tallying 17 goals and 16 assists in 69 games, leading the Fuel in goals. He was also a +5 on the season, tying for the team lead in that category. The 25-year-old forward excelled in all situations, especially as a sniper, in his rookie pro season. Sharib came to the Fuel after a four-year career at UConn.

Currier was obtained as future considerations from Elmira from the Shane Owen trade, where he had 21 goals and 14 assists last season, and was also a +5 for the Jackals. The Alaska-Anchorage graduate will be entering his fourth pro season. In 118 ECHL games, he has 29 goals and 22 assists. He also had nine points in 35 CHL games in 2013-14, and has a goal and an assist in two AHL games. The Anchorage, Alaska native plays right wing, and brings similar size to Sharib, at 6-2, 206.

“We are excited to have our leading goal scorer back and we are now looking for more out of him during his second season,” Fuel coach Bernie John said of Sharib in a team release. “Cody does a little bit of everything and we expect him to improve upon his numbers from last year. With his size, skill set and determination he should be a 20 goal scorer for us. He is a key part of our hockey team.”

Of Currier, John said “We are glad to have landed this high scoring winger and are excited to add him to our roster. Tyler brings another big body and can play a great puck possession game below the dots in the offensive zone. With Tyler we are getting another 20-goal scorer that we expect the same, if not better numbers, from this upcoming season.”

2016-17 Fuel roster

Forwards

  • Martin Bellus (6-3, 209, Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Piestany SHK 37 (Slovakia)
  • Tyler Currier (6-2, 206, Anchorage, Alaska). Age: 28. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
  • (R) Justin Hussar (6-2, 190, Lancaster, NY). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Merrimack (NCAA)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Cody Sharib (6-2, 209, Needham, Mass). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)

Goaltenders

  • Keegan Asmundson (6-5, 222, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2015-16 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)