Rhett Bly, a two-year member of the Indy Fuel and the team’s career leader in games played, has announced he plans to play the 2016-17 season with Grenoble in France.
He becomes the fourth player from last year’s Fuel squad to sign in Europe, joining Matt White, Anders Franzon and Patrick Koudys. Koudys and Bly will be opponents in the French league.
He had 27 goals and 36 assists in 142 games with the Fuel, while also playing key roles on both the power play and penalty kill. His high-energy play at the right wing earned him both an alternate captain designation as a second-year pro, as well as the team MVP honor this spring. Bly has played in all but two of the Fuel’s games in the team’s history.
The Fuel currently have five forwards, one defenseman and one goaltender under contract for 2016-17.
Because the Fuel have tendered Bly a qualifying offer, the team will retain his ECHL rights for the upcoming season.
2016-17 Fuel roster
- 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, Ak.). Age: 28. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
- (R) Justin Hussar (6-2, 190, Lancaster, N.Y.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Merrimack (NCAA)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
- Kevin Lynch (6-1, 205, Grosse Pointe, Mich.). Age: 25. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
- Cody Sharib (6-2, 209, Needham, Mass). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
- Matt Stanisz (6-1, 205, Burlington, Ont.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
- Keegan Asmundson (6-5, 222, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2015-16 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
2015-16 end-of-season roster players who have signed elsewhere/been traded
- Anders Franzon (Sheffield, Britain); Patrick Koudys (Rouen, France); Matt White (Sheffield, Britain); Rhett Bly (Grenoble, France); Peter Schneider (Florida Everblades); Kevin Clare (Florida Everblades)
2015-16 end-of-season roster players whose plans have yet to be announced (players with qualifying offers are denoted)
- Michael Colantone (QO), Rob De Fulviis, Darian Dziurzynski (QO), Alex Lavoie (QO), Colin Murray, Mikhail Stefanovich (QO), Trevor Campbell, Ben Marshall (QO), Zach Miskovic, Nick Petrecki (QO), Terry Shafer