Fuel ink swingman Finch

The Indy Fuel announced Tuesday they have agreed to terms with swingman Christian Finch for the 2016-17 ECHL season.

Finch can play both forward and defense, and comes to Indy after a decorated amateur career. He played three seasons at the University of Toronto, where he had 19 goals and 38 assists in 63 games, including a 31-point season in 28 games in 2015-16. He also had five assists in 18 games as a freshman at Clarkson University.

In 2011-12, playing in the Junior A Ontario Junior Hockey League, Finch tallied 104 points – 37 goals and 67 assists – in 48 games and was the Canadian Junior Player of the Year, playing for the Stouffville Spirit. In four OJHL seasons, he had 71 goals and 145 assists in 185 games from 2008-12.

Finch is a 6-foot, 185-pound right-shot defenseman. He made his pro debut in the spring with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces, for whom he had two goals and an assist in six games.

The Fuel now have 18 players under contract for the 2016-17 season, with training camp set to open in less than two weeks. Finch is one of five rookies signed for the upcoming season.

Finch’s University of Toronto bio

Finch accepting his Canadian Junior A Player of the Year award in 2012.

2016-17 Fuel roster

Forwards (11)

  • (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 (5)

  • (R) Nathan Bruyere (6-4, 240, Eagle Lake, Ont.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Lakehead University (CIS)
  • (R) Christian Finch (F/D) (6-0, 185, Claremont, Ont.).  Age: 25. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: University of Toronto (CIS)/Alaska Aces (ECHL)
  • (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)
  • (R) Terry Shafer (6-2, 190, Penfield, NY). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2015-16 team: Robert Morris (NCAA)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)