Fuel to host 2018 All-Star Game

The ECHL announced today the Indy Fuel will host the 2018 ECHL All-Star game.

The game will be held Monday, Jan. 15 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. It will be paired with the skills competition and the ECHL Hall of Fame induction. The event often also coincides with the annual mid-year league meetings.

“Indianapolis is a terrific city with a rich sports history,” ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna said in a league release. “Combine that with the recently renovated Indiana Farmers Coliseum and we have an ideal location to showcase the best the ECHL has to offer as we celebrate our 30th anniversary.”

The 2017 edition is being played at 8 p.m. tonight in Glens Falls, N.Y., the home of the Adirondack Thunder. Alex Wideman is the Fuel’s representative in the contest. Recent All-Star Games have featured the host team playing a team of ECHL All-Stars. This year will feature a non-traditional format with a game played 5-on-5, 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 in different segments, as well as a skills competition incorporated into the contest. It is being televised by NHL Network.

The 2018 event will be sponsored by CCM.

“The Indy Fuel organization is thrilled to have the opportunity to host the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic,” Fuel CEO Sean Hallett said in a league release. “Indianapolis has long been a premiere destination for marquee events, and we are excited to showcase our great city to hockey fans across the country. From Wayne Gretzky and the Racers to today and the gorgeous Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Central Indiana has a rich professional hockey history which we are looking forward to sharing with a national television audience.”

This will be the first hockey All-Star Game in Indianapolis since 2010, when the Indiana Ice hosted the United States Hockey League All-Star Game at what is now the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.