Where are they now? Former Fuel players

The Indy Fuel are in their third year in the ECHL, and as a developmental team, have had players going to many places. More than 100 players have worn the Fuel uniform, and many are still playing hockey at some place in their careers. Here are the whereabouts of those who played for the Fuel in the team’s first two seasons and are still active in hockey.

This is the first in a multi-part mid-season look at former Indianapolis hockey players who remain active in the sport. 

AHL

Mac Carruth: A Fuel netminder for the team’s first two seasons, he earned an extended callup to Rockford at the end of the 2015-16 year – and earned an NHL contract with the Blackhawks during that time. He is currently one of two goaltenders in Rockford, with a 3-5-3 record and 3.12 GAA in 12 games.

Chris DeSousa: An organizational success story, he signed with the Fuel out of college in 2014-15 and made an immediate impact, with 16 points in 20 games. That led to an AHL contract with Rockford the following year, and he is in his second full AHL season, with three points in 16 games for the IceHogs.

Justin Holl: A second-round Blackhawks pick in 2010, he played 66 games for the Fuel and tallied 34 points in 2014-15. That earned him an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies, where he currently has six points in 27 games on their blue line.

Sam Jardine: Fuel defenseman as a rookie in 2015-16, where he had five points in 50 games. He is currently with the San Antonio Rampage, where he has five points in 26 games.

ECHL

Vincent Arseneau: He played 20 games for the Fuel on loan from an AHL team and made a big impact in 2014-15. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks organization, where he became a contributor to two Kelly Cup runs for the Allen Americans. He is currently in Wichita, where he has seven points in seven games for the Thunder.

Josh Brittain: One of the Fuel’s veterans in 205-16, he had seven points in 24 games. He has 13 points in 27 games for the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals this season.

Daniel Ciampini: The former NCAA champion at Union College was one of the Fuel’s top scorers in 2015-16, tallying 38 points in 48 games while playing on an AHL contract. He is currently in Manchester, where he has 25 points in 26 games for the Monarchs.

Robert Czarnik: One of the Fuel’s initial signings, he had 30 points in 31 games in 2014-15 before a trade sent him to Ontario. This season, he has 17 points in 23 games for the Reading Royals as a sixth-year pro.

Rob De Fulviis: Center who played two games for the Fuel at the end of the 2015-16 season. He is playing with the Cincinnati Cyclones, with two points in 20 games.

Mike Duco: The Fuel’s first captain, he has signed with Elmira as a player-assistant coach, but has yet to play in a game this season.

Ben Marshall: An All-Rookie Team defenseman in 2015-16 when he had 36 points in 72 games with the Fuel, he signed an AHL contract with the Providence Bruins in the offseason. He has 14 points in 20 games for Providence’s ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators.

Brett Perlini: Fuel forward in 2014-15, when he had five points in 12 games. He currently has 11 points in 23 games for the Rapid City Rush as a fifth-year pro.

Saverio Posa: A big shot-blocker in a 42-game stint with the Fuel in 2014-15, he played last season in Italy and now is with the Cincinnati Cyclones. He has one assist in 19 games.

Peter Schneider: Former Indiana Ice and Indy Fuel forward who had played his entire North American career in Indiana – with the Ice in junior, Notre Dame in college, and then a season and change with the Fuel. He had 45 points in 74 games for Indy from the end of the 2014-15 season through 2016. He was dealt to Florida in the offseason for Kevin Lynch, and has since been traded to Kalamazoo. He has 10 points in 19 ECHL games for the Everblades and K-Wings.

Reed Seckel: Forward who played briefly for the Fuel as a rookie in 2015-16, then was dealt to the Missouri Mavericks. He has six points in 18 games for the Mavs this season.

Mike Seidel: Forward who played two games for the Fuel in 2015-16 before an injury cut his season short. He has three points in 11 games for the Norfolk Admirals this season.

Casey Thrush: Played three games for the Fuel in 2015-16. He is now with the Elmira Jackals, where he has nine points in 17 games.

SPHL

Jordan Ruby: Goaltender who played one game for the Fuel in 2015-16 in a relief appearance, he has a 2.19 GAA for the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem in nine games.

KHL

Kirill Gotovets: A defenseman who had a nose for the net with the Fuel in 2014-15, he earned a callup to Rockford and played the entire 2015-16 season in the AHL. He has signed with Dynamo Minsk in his hometown, and has three assists in nine games.

Overseas

Rhett Bly: The Fuel’s MVP in 2015-16, as an ace penalty killer and three-zone player who also contributed 30 points and was named the team’s alternate captain as a second-year pro, Bly signed with Grenoble in France this offseason, but suffered an injury in preseason.

Mathieu Brisebois: the player who scored the first goal in Fuel history, Brisebois played for three different ECHL teams last season, and currently has 18 points in 24 games for Amiens in France.

Nick Bruneteau: “Bruno” had 38 points in 65 games for the Fuel in 2014-15, and has played the last two seasons in Europe. He is currently playing for Lasitzer in the German second division, with four points in seven games.

Anders Franzon: He was the “old man” of the Fuel’s young blue line in 2014-15 as a second-year pro. He played 126 games in Indy from 2014-16, and now is with the Sheffield Steelers in Britain, where he has six points in 21 games.

Kyle Gibbons: Forward who played three games for the Fuel as a rookie in 2014-15. He is currently playing in Europe, where he has 36 points in 23 games for Deggendorf in Germany.

Malcolm Gould: A late-season signing out of college by the Fuel in 2016, he is currently playing for Strasbourg in France, where he has five points in nine games.

Nick Jones: Fuel defenseman in 2014-15, he had 24 points in 45 games. He is currently playing for Stjernen in Norway, with 14 points in 27 games.

Garrett Klotz: One of the Fuel’s first veteran players in 2014-15, he played 30 games in Indy. He is currently with the Coventry Blaze in Britain, where he has five points in 25 games in his ninth pro season – and his first overseas.

Patrik Koudys: A second-generation Indy player – his father played for the Checkers – the big blueliner played 38 games for Indy as a rookie in 2015-16. He currently is playing for Rouen in France, with two assists in 26 games.

Adam Lapsansky: He had a 15-point, 25-game stint with Indy in 2015-16 before returning to his native Slovakia. This year, he has 26 points in 33 games for Poprad HK.

Alex Lavoie: The Fuel’s top scorer in 2015-16, he had 54 points in 71 games. He is currently playing for Bofors in Sweden’s second division, with 30 points in 29 games.

Shane Owen: Popular goaltender who played 51 games for the Fuel from 2014-16, he is currently with the Fife Flyers in Britain, where he is 10-11-1 with a 2.91 GAA and three shutouts.

Matt White: Forward who played 137 games for the Fuel, contributing 38 points from 2014-16. He signed with the Dundee Stars in Britain this offseason and has 12 points in 23 games.

Brandon Wong: Veteran forward who came to the Fuel at the end of the 2015-16 season and contributed eight points in 24 games. He is currently playing for Regensburg in the German second division, and has 33 points in 23 games.

Other

Garett Bembridge: One of the most popular Fuel players in the team’s first two seasons, Bembridge has played in Japan, Germany, Italy and several stint in the AHL, CHL and ECHL – playing 659 games in North America. He played for three ECHL teams in 2015-16, and is currently playing senior hockey in his native Saskatchewan at age 35.

Kyle Stroh: A popular Fuel player from 2014-16, he had 33 points in 40 games in 2014-15, then followed with 12 points in 37 games the following year before a trade to Elmira. He started the season in France, and is currently playing for the same senior hockey team as Garett Bembridge in his native Saskatchewan – the Rosetown Red Wings.