The ECHL, which includes hockey teams from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Evansville, has unveiled its 2014-2015 schedule. The Indy Fuel will open its inaugural season in October at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum against the Fort Wayne Komets. You can see the full schedule by clicking here.
June 5, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. — The Indy Fuel today announced the schedule for the team's inaugural 2014-15 season; the Fuel will skate against ECHL foes over a 72-game regular season, including 36 home contests at the newly-renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum. The action begins at the Coliseum on October 17th as the Fuel drops the puck against the Fort Wayne Komets, rekindling a long-standing hockey rivalry between the two cities.
The two teams will compete in back-to-back games, following up the opener with a rematch on October 18 at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.
“It's time for Fuel fans to start circling dates on their calendars,” said Sean Hallett, president of the Fuel franchise. “Coach Hillman and the team will kick off the season with a tough pair of rivalry games. We expect some Komets fans to make the drive down to the Coliseum, and we certainly want to send a group of Fuel fans to support the team on the road the next night.”
The schedule includes eleven games (5 home, 6 away) against the Komets, ten (4 home, 6 away) against other in-state rival Evansville Icemen, and nine matchups against the Fuel's closest ECHL foe, current Kelly Cup finalist Cincinnati Cyclones (6 home, 3 away).
The first game against the Icemen will be held on Oct. 25 at Evansville, with the home rematch on Halloween, Oct. 31. The Fuel will face the Cyclones for the first time on Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, before welcoming the Cyclones to Indianapolis on Nov. 28.
For its first campaign, the Fuel will skate against 13 opponents in both home and away games. The Fuel's other ECHL competition includes Kalamazoo, Toledo, Wheeling, Orlando, Florida, Reading, Elmira, Gwinnett, South Carolina and Greenville.
“The ECHL schedule gives fans plenty of opportunities to see the team in action,” added the Fuel's new head coach, Scott Hillman. “I'm confident we'll build a roster and a winning culture that will give Indianapolis an exciting, competitive brand of hockey each and every game. We can't wait to get started.”
The full schedule follows, and fans can visit www.IndyFuelHockey.com for more details. Season tickets are still available for the return of pro hockey to Indianapolis; to place a deposit on Fuel season tickets, visit IndyFuelHockey.com/tickets. Mini season ticket packages will be available in July, and single game tickets will go on sale on Sept. 1.
About the Indy Fuel:
The Indy Fuel is bringing professional hockey back to Indianapolis, and will begin skating against rivals in the ECHL – the premier 'AA' league for the NHL – in October 2014. The Fuel's 'home ice' is the newly-renovated Coliseum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which hosted the city's first hockey team more than 75 years ago as well as its newest professional franchise. The Indy Fuel will host 36 home games during the 2014-15 season, providing exciting competition and affordable entertainment for the whole family. Learn more at IndyFuelHockey.com, and connect with the team on Twitter @IndyFuel and at Facebook.com/IndyFuel.
Sources: Indy Fuel, ECHL