Fuel add two blueliners

The Indy Fuel announced the signing of two defensemen Tuesday, re-signing Travis Armstrong and also adding Garrett Clarke.

The signings give the Fuel eight forwards and five defensemen under contract for the 2017-18 season, including two veterans. Armstrong is the fourth player from last year’s Fuel roster to re-sign, joining Matt Rupert, Chris Williams and Nick Bligh.

Clarke will be starting his sixth pro season, having played 208 games in the ECHL and CHL with Allen, Rapid City and Brampton. He also played for the now-defunct Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and Arizona Sundogs of the old CHL.

Clarke had five points in 20 games, as well as 40 penalty minutes, for the Brampton Beast a year ago. He won a Kelly Cup with Allen in 2014-15, when he had 13 points and 205 PIM in 57 games. For his career, he has played 202 games, with 14 goals, 29 assists and 733 penalty minutes. He brings added strength toughness to a Fuel blueline that already features Chris Williams.

Armstrong also brings size to the Fuel blueline, at 6-5, 215. He is beginning his third full pro season. HE has played 40 ECHL games and 72 SPHL contests. He has two goals and four assists in the ECHL – including a goal and three assists in 16 games with the Fuel last season. He also has three goals and 16 assists in 72 SPHL games from 2015-17.

Forwards (8)

  • Nick Bligh (6-0, 185, Milton, Mass.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: South Carolina Stingrays/Adirondack Thunder/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Matt Johnson (6-1, 204, Clinton Township, Mich.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL)
  • (V) Cam Reid (6-2, 187, Delta, B.C.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Ravensburg (Germany)/Heilbronner (Germany)/Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
  • (R) Connor Reilly (6-0, 180, Chanhassen, Minn.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Minnesota (NCAA)
  • Matt Rupert (5-8, 175, London, Ont.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Ryan Rupert (5-8, 173, London, Ont.). Age: 23 Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Binghamton Senators (AHL)/Wichita Thunder (ECHL)
  • Andrew Schmit (6-5, 220, Grafton, Wis.). Age: 25. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL)
  • (V) Geoff Walker (6-3, 225, Charlottetown, PEI). Age: 29. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Fassa (Alps)/Sheffield Steelers (Britain)

Defensemen (5)

  • Travis Armstrong (6-5, 215, Smith Falls, Ont.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Roanoke (SPHL)/Norfolk/Brampton/Manchester/Idaho/Indy (ECHL)
  • Garrett Clarke (6-1, 205, Windsor, N.S.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Brampton Beast (ECHL)
  • (R) Anthony Cortese (5-11, 185, Pierrefonds, Que.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Concordia University (OUAA)
  • Nolan Descoteaux (6-1, 205, Dallas, Tex.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Missouri Mavericks/Alaska Aces (ECHL)
  • Chris Williams (6-2, 220, Pottstown, Pa.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)


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