The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced that they have re-signed forward Kyle Stroh and signed rookie Reed Seckel for the 2015-16 season.
Stroh, the Fuel’s second leading scorer last season is the seventh player to return to the Fuel from last season. Stroh was acquired from Rapid City in January and tallied 18 goals and had 15 assists in 40 games for the Fuel. “Kyle came in and was a big part of our mid-season turnaround,” said Fuel Head Coach and EVP of Hockey Operations Scott Hillman in a team release on Tuesday. “We are very pleased to have him in our locker room as he reports daily with a great attitude…We believe he can become a consistent goal scorer in the ECHL.”
Stroh has four years of professional experience. He began in the CHL with the Rapid City Rush and stayed with them when the CHL merged with the ECHL. In January of 2015, he was traded to the Fuel where he became the second leading scorer for the team. In 130 pro games, Stroh has earned 38 goals and 30 assists.
Reed Seckel comes to the Fuel from the Toledo Walleye. He began his professional career in Toledo playing 10 games. In his ten games with the Walleye he tallied just one assist. Prior to playing in the ECHL, Seckel played for University of Northern Michigan. In five years for the Wildcats, Seckel had 41 goals and earned 87 points in 148 NCAA games. Prior to playing NCAA hockey, Seckel was a two-time USHL All-Star and won the Clark Cup with the Green Bay Gamblers.
“Seckel had a very successful college career being relied on heavily to produce offense and physical play at Northern Michigan,” said Hillman in a team release. “After playing a few ECHL games to finish the season last year, he’s highly motivated to get his pro career off to a good start…We look for him to bring grit and tenacity to the lineup.”
“Coach Hillman really drew me to Indy. He’s a great guy and a great coach and I’m really excited for this season,” explained Seckel in the team release. “Also, the city of Indianapolis and the newly renovated Coliseum were big factors…The building is quite different from when I used to play there vs. the [Indiana] Ice in the USHL.”
With these two signings, this gives the Fuel 12 skaters and one goalie under contract for the 2015-16 season. Stroh is the seventh player to re-sign from the team last season. The Indy Fuel begin their second season in the ECHL in October, Full and Half-Season Plans for the Fuel’s sophomore campaign at Indiana Farmers Coliseum are on sale now just visit indyfuelhockey.com.
Mark Grainda is an Indy Fuel feature writer for Indy Sports Report, he has been playing hockey for 17 years and currently plays at the collegiate level for Ball State University. You can follow Mark on twitter @mgrainda71
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