Jake Hildebrand, who played much of the 2016-17 season for the Indy Fuel while under contract to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, has signed an ECHL contract with the Tulsa Oilers.
Hildebrand was 18-21-3 with a 3.75 GAA and four shutouts in his first full pro season. He also played three AHL games in Rockford. He was twice named ECHL Goaltender of the Week for his performances.
A graduate of Michigan State University, “Hildy” began his pro career with the Allen Americans, with whom he won the Kelly Cup, in 2016. He then split the 2016-17 season between Indy and Rockford before signing a deal with the Oilers this season.
As of now, the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs have six goaltenders under contract, with one of Anton Forsberg and J-F Berube in Chicago and one in Rockford. Jeff Glass and recent signee Collin Delia are also signed to NHL contracts, while rookie Matt Tomkins is contracted to Rockford. Two of those will likely begin the season with the Fuel.
In 2016-17, Hildebrand and Levine spent much of the year as the Fuel’s goaltending tandem, with both playing on AHL contracts.
In other player movement news, Jack Burton – a defenseman who played with Indy on an ATO last spring – has signed with a team in Europe. Woody Hudson, a former Indiana Ice captain who began his pro career with the Fuel in the spring, has signed with the Worcester Railers.