Fuel receive players from Rockford

The Indy Fuel received three players from the Rockford IceHogs Saturday, the first players to report to the team from the AHL/NHL organization.

The Fuel will likely receive more players as the Chicago Blackhawks make their final roster decisions prior to their season opener next week. The AHL and NHL seasons open next week, while the ECHL season opens Oct. 13.

The Fuel received forwards Tommy Olczyk and Alex Wideman, as well as goaltender Matt Tomkins.

Wideman is a familiar face to Fuel fans. He was the team’s MVP in 2016-17, when he had 22 goals and 33 assists in 70 games, setting a team record with 55 points. Wideman also played his junior hockey in Indy with the Indiana Ice before matriculating through Miami University and two seasons in the ECHL with Evansville and Indy. He signed an AHL contract with Rockford in the summer.

Olczyk signed an AHL contract with Rockford over the summer after playing 44 games for the Alaska Aces lsat season. He had six goals and seven assists in his first pro season out of Penn State. Olczyk grew up near Chicago and is the son of former Blackhawks player and current broadcaster Ed Olczyk.

Tomkins is the first goaltender assigned to the Fuel. He recently finished his college career at Ohio State, where he had a 2.48 GAA last season. Tomkins was a seventh-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2012.

The Fuel also announced Rockford has released two Fuel-contracted players – blueliners Nolan Descoteaux and Garrett Clarke.

The Fuel have 17 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders on the preseason roster. The team will have a week of training camp before playing its preseason opener Friday, Oct. 6 against Fort Wayne at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The two teams will meet the next night in Fort Wayne. ECHL teams may carry 23 players on the regular season roster – 21 on the active roster and two on reserve – for the first month of the season, and 22 players thereafter.

Forwards (17)

  • Nick Bligh (6-0, 185, Milton, Mass.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: South Carolina Stingrays/Adirondack Thunder/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (T, R) Austin Hervey (6-2, 228, Brighton, Mich.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Adrian (NCAA-III)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Matt Johnson (6-1, 204, Clinton Township, Mich.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL)
  • (R) Darby Llewellyn (6-0, 190, Ann Arbor, Mich.). Age: 21. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
  • (V) Michael Neal (6-3, 220, Whitby, Ont.). Age: 28. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Sonthofen (Germany)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (RFD) Tommy Olczyk (5-10, 178, Long Grove, Ill.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Alaska Aces (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)
  • (RFD) Matt Rupert (5-8, 175, London, Ont.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (RFD) 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)
  • Reed Seckel (5-18, 183, Melvin, Mich.). Age: 28. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Missouri Mavericks/Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
  • (T, R) Ryan Siro (6-2, 220, Bloomington, Minn.). Age: 24. 2016-17 team: Princeton (NCAA)
  • (T, R) Will Smith (5-11, 174, East Longmeadow, Mass.). Age: 21. 2016-17 team: Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
  • (V) Geoff Walker (6-3, 225, Charlottetown, PEI). Age: 29. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Fassa (Alps)/Sheffield Steelers (Britain)
  • (RFD) Alex Wideman (5-7, 171, St. Louis, Mo.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (T, R) Joseph Widmar (6-0, 203, Northbrook, Ill.). Age: 22. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: UMass-Amherst (NCAA)

Defensemen (10)

  • Travis Armstrong (6-5, 215, Smith Falls, Ont.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Roanoke (SPHL)/Norfolk/Brampton/Manchester/Idaho/Indy (ECHL)
  • (R) Jack Burton (6-3, 214, Reiserstown, Md.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Colby College (NCAA-3)/Indy Fuel (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)
  • (T) Andrew Darrigo (6-3, 227, Oakville, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Evansville Thunderbolts (SPHL)
  • Nolan Descoteaux (6-1, 205, Dallas, Tex.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Missouri Mavericks/Alaska Aces (ECHL)
  • (V) Zach Miskovic (6-1, 197, River Forest, Ill.). Age: 32. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (T, R) Brandon Rumble 6-0, 154, Ottawa, Ont.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Lindenwood (ACHA)
  • Troy Vance (6-5, 220, Goshen, N.Y.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Cincinnati Cyclones/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Chris Williams (6-2, 220, Pottstown, Pa.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)

Goaltenders (3)

  • (T, R) Etienne Marcoux (6-0, 168, Laval, PQ). Age: 23. Catches: L. 2016-17 team: University of New Brunswick (CUS).
  • (T) Tyler Green (6-3, 185, Noblesville, Ind.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2016-17 team: Fayetteville FireAntz (SPHL)
  • (RFD) Matt Tomkins (6-3, 194, Edmonton, Alb.). Age: 23. Catches: L. 2016-17 team: Ohio State (NCAA)

R-Rookie (fewer than 25 pro games)
V-Veteran (260 or more pro games)
T-Camp tryout agreement
RFD-Under contract to AHL Rockford