Fuel add Tvrdon to forward ranks

The Indy Fuel announced Tuesday the signing of forward Marek Tvrdon to the team’s 2016-17 roster.

The 6-2, 217-pound left wing is a native of Slovakia, and played junior hockey in Canada with the Vancouver Giants and Kelowna Rockets. He was a Detroit Red Wings fourth-round pick in 2011, and has played much of his pro career in the Wings’ system since turning pro near the end of the 2013-14 season.

Tvrdon has played 69 ECHL games, with 23 goals and 35 assists, all with the Toledo Walleye. He also 10 goals and 19 assists in 53 AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He was part of a Griffins team that advanced to the AHL’s Western Conference Final in 2014-15 under the tutelage of current Red Wings and former Indiana Ice coach Jeff Blashill. Last season, he had eight goals and 13 assists in 23 games with Toledo, and also played briefly in both Grand Rapids and in the K0ntinental Hockey League.

Tvrdon is 23 years old, but will be entering his third full pro season this fall with the Fuel.

“We are very excited to add Marek to our team. He has good size that he uses to make plays, and brings a lot of high-end skill with a goal-scoring touch. You can see by where he has played that he is a difference maker,” Fuel coach Bernie John said in a team release. “Our offense just got another boost, which was an area we looked to improve upon this offseason. We have done that by adding Marek to the other forwards we have on our roster.”

Tvrdon becomes the 11th forward and 17th player signed to the Fuel. Training camp will begin in early October, with exhibition games Oct. 7-8 against Fort Wayne and the regular season opener Oct. 14 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum against Cincinnati.

Tvrdon highlights from the AHL (2014-15 season)

2016-17 Fuel roster

Forwards (10)

  • (R) Anthony Beauregard (5-11, 163, St. Hyancithe, Quebec). Age: 20. Shoots: R. 2015-16: Val d’Or (QMJHL)
  • Martin Bellus (6-3, 209, Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Piestany SHK 37 (Slovakia)
  • Michael Colantone (5-11, 205, Brooklyn, N.Y.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: UMass-Lowell (NCAA)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Raphael Corriveau (6-4, 203, Levis, Quebec). Age: 22. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Morzine-Avoriaz (France)
  • 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)
  • Matt Rupert (5-9, 188, Grand Bend, Ont.). Age: 22. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)
  • Cody Sharib (6-2, 209, Needham, Mass). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Marek Tvrdon (6-2, 217, Bratislava, Slovakia). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Toledo Walleye (ECHL)/Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)/Bratislava Slovan (KHL)
  • Alex Wideman (5-7, 150, St. Louis, Mo.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Evansville IceMen (ECHL)/Binghamton Senators (AHL)

Defensemen (4)

  • (R) Nathan Bruyere (6-4, 240, Eagle Lake, Ontario). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Lakehead University (CIS)
  • (V) Zach Miskovic (6-1, 197, River Forest, Ill.). Age: 31. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
  • Kyle Shapiro (6-2, 200, Ambler, Pa.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Columbus Cottonmouths (SPHL)
  • Matt Stanisz (6-1, 205, Burlington, Ont.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Florida Everblades (ECHL)

Goaltenders (2)

  • Keegan Asmundson (6-5, 222, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2015-16 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Terry Shafer (6-2, 190, Penfield, NY). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2015-16 team: Robert Morris (NCAA)/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), Colin Murray (Elmira Jackals), Alex Lavoie (BIK Karlskoga, Sweden), Darian Dziurzynski (Manchester, Britain)

2015-16 end-of-season roster players whose plans have yet to be announced (players with qualifying offers are denoted)

  • Rob De Fulviis, Mikhail Stefanovich (QO), Trevor Campbell, Ben Marshall (QO),  Nick Petrecki (QO)