Fuel announce opening night roster

The Indy Fuel announced their opening night roster for Friday’s season opener in Wichita.

The roster was the same as the final preseason roster, with the only changes being Anthony Cortese and Michael Neal starting the season on 21-day injured reserve.

The opening night roster includes 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. Two made the team from a tryout contract – forward Will Smith, who participated in the team’s free agent camp over the summer, and goaltender Etienne Marcoux. Three players are veterans – forwards Cam Reid and Geoff Walker, as well as defenseman Zach Miskovic, the team’s captain for the third consecutive season. A fourth veteran, Neal, is starting the year on IR.

Four more players are assigned from the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs – forwards Tommy Olczyk and Alex Wideman, as well as defenseman Brandon Anselmini and goaltender Matt Tomkins. Five are rookies – Smith, Connor Reilly, Jack Burton, Tomkins and Marcoux. Cortese is also a rookie.

Of the 21 players on the opening-night roster, eight had previously played for the Fuel – forwards Nick Bligh, Matt Rupert, Reed Seckel and Wideman, as well as defensemen Travis Armstrong, Burton, Miskovic and Troy Vance. Neal is also a returnee.

The Fuel will begin the home season Oct. 21 against Tulsa at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Forwards (12)

  • 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)
  • (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)
  • 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)
  • Reed Seckel (5-18, 183, Melvin, Mich.). Age: 28. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Missouri Mavericks/Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
  • (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)

Defensemen (7)

  • (RFD) Brandon Anselmini (5-10, 183, Guelph, Ont.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Idaho Steeleheads (ECHL)/Texas Stars (AHL)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Troy Vance (6-5, 220, Goshen, N.Y.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Cincinnati Cyclones/Indy Fuel (ECHL)

Goaltenders (2)

  • (R) Etienne Marcoux (6-0, 168, Laval, PQ). Age: 23. Catches: L. 2016-17 team: University of New Brunswick (CUS).
  • (RFD) Matt Tomkins (6-3, 194, Edmonton, Alb.). Age: 23. Catches: L. 2016-17 team: Ohio State (NCAA)

21-day IR (2)

  • (V) Michael Neal (6-3, 220, Whitby, Ont.). Age: 28. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Sonthofen (Germany)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (R) Anthony Cortese (5-11, 185, Pierrefonds, Que.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Concordia University (OUAA)

Assigned to Indy, not on active roster (1)

  • (CHI, R) Radovan Bondra (6-5, 221, Trebisov, Slovakia). Age: 20. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Vancouver Giants/Prince George Cougars (WHL), Rockford IceHogs (AHL)

Team suspension (1)

  • Chris Williams (6-2, 220, Pottstown, Pa.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)

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

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