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City's new pro hockey team to be called Indy Fuel

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The city’s new professional hockey team will be called the Indy Fuel, team organizers said Tuesday morning.

The announcement came one day after the team unveiled it had signed a long-term deal to play in the renovated coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds beginning in October 2014.

Indy Fuel logo 15colFor now, the Indy Fuel are a team and logo in search of an NHL affiliation. (Image courtesy Indy Fuel)

The Fuel will compete in the ECHL, formerly known as the East Coast Hockey League, one of two minor leagues for the National Hockey League. Based in Princeton, N.J., the 26-year-old ECHL has more than 20 teams in cities across the United States, including Fort Wayne, Evansville, Cincinnati, Toledo and Kalamazoo.

 “We think the Fuel really captures what this team is all about,” said team president and CEO Sean Hallett in a prepared statement. “There's an obvious reference to Indy's racing heritage—hockey is about speed and excitement, too. And the name also refers to our goal of reigniting the spirit of pro hockey here in Indianapolis.”

Sean Hallett is the son of Jim Hallett, the CEO of Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. and chairman of Indiana Hockey Club LLC, the Fuel’s parent organization.

The Fuel said they are in the process of hiring front-office and coaching staff, signing an affiliation agreement with a NHL franchise, and recruiting players to fill the roster.

Ticket prices are expected to range from $10 to $35 per game. The team expects to play about 36 homes games in the 2014-15 season.

The team is taking $50 deposits toward season-ticket orders on its website, www.IndyFuelHockey.com.
 

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  • Not sure what you mean
    Not sure what you mean by "Evansville attendance." We average about 5000-6000 on evening games and hit 9486 last Saturday which was a sold out house, minus season ticket holders who didn't show up.
  • ya make me sick
    omg i never heard so much bad mouth in all my life from all ya non-hockey fan
  • Steve
    First, the Ice are a junior hockey team. The players can only be between the ages of 16-20 and are considered amateur leagues. The ECHL will be a second tier minor league. If the Indianapolis Indians are AAA, then this would be the AA version for the Pittsburgh Pirates. That said, I'm excited to have a professional hockey team back in Indy. I grew up playing hockey and going to Ice games, when they were affiliated with the Blackhawks. I also like the idea of using the Coliseum after major money was spent on the renovation.
  • Attendance
    Right, the hockey market around Indy would be strained with two teams. Ice attendance has been declining from a peak of around 4600 in '06 to today of around 2300 per game. Even in their championship season of '08/'09 they didn't have the draw they enjoyed in their early years. If attendance in Ft. Wayne and Evansville is any indication of what to expect then it appears something might have to give.
    • Really?
      I really cant believe there is a market for another hockey team here in Indy. I've been to numerous Ice games and always the stands reflect plenty of empty seats and I love hockey. I see this as just a drain on the market and will lead to disappointment on both the Fuel and the Ice as they compete for the dollars. If there is a market for such an expansion team then why not invest that in the one we already have?
      • cue the music...
        I can already hear that dreadful, played out Metallica song playing over and over and over again. Is it too late to consider naming them the Destroyers? (Seek and Destroy!)

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