Indianapolis Fuel New Blackhawks Affiliate

Indy Fuel logoOn Tuesday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks announced a change in organizational structure. The team has reached a five-year agreement with the new Indianapolis Fuel to serve as their ECHL minor league affiliate.

Indy will replace the Toledo Walleye, who have been the Hawks’ ECHL affiliate since 2009.

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7 Responses to Indianapolis Fuel New Blackhawks Affiliate

  1. wilmer girard says:

    INDY FUEL NEW TEAM FOR YOUNG PLAYERS.

    VERY GOOD MOVE BY THE HAWKS ADMINISTRATION

    AAA+++++ : )

    Wilmer Girard , QUEBEC CITY , QUEBEC , CA NADA

  2. Windy City Z says:

    Smart move. Indianapolis is an hour closer to Chicago & Rockford.

    Not to mention, Toledo is right on the border of Michigan, and the hockey fans there are mostly Red Wings fans (spits on ground). Indiana ,with no hockey team of it’s own, is fertile ground to sow seeds for young Blackhawks fans.

  3. David Bonnema says:

    Are you forgetting the Fort Wayne Comets. Windy City?

  4. David Bonnema says:

    And that Indianapolis was once the farm club of the Hawks back in the IHL days.

  5. Ernie says:

    Very fitting name. Besides, who wants to share an affiliate… With the Red Wings?

    On a side note, any word on Johns signing? Isnt his 30 day clock ticking?

  6. Tab Bamford says:

    As I posted elsewhere…

    re: Stephen Johns (and Kevin Hayes for that matter) – here’s what it says in the new CBA:

    8.6 (c) (iv)

    If a Player drafted at age 18 or 19, who had received a Bona Fide Offer in accordance with Section 8.6(a)(ii) above, becomes a bona fide college student prior to the second June 1 following his selection in the Entry Draft and does not remain a bona fide college student through the graduation of his college class, his drafting Club shall retain exclusive rights for the negotiation of his services until the later of:

    (a) the fourth June 1 following his selection in the Entry Draft,

    or (b) thirty (30) days after NHL Central Registry receives notice that the Player is no longer a bona fide college student;

    provided that **IF** the Player ceases to be a bona fide college student on or after January 1 of an academic year and the Player:

    (1) is in his fourth year of college and has commenced his fourth year of NCAA eligibility,

    or (2) is in his fourth year of college and is scheduled to graduate from college at the end of his fourth year, then in the circumstances described in (1) or (2), the Club shall retain the exclusive right of negotiation for such Player’s services through and including the August 15 following the date on which he ceases to be a bona fide college student.

    That answers the “how long do they have to sign him?” question… if they want to see them on the ice at some level during the 13-14 season, they obviously cannot wait until August.

  7. morrison says:

    Thanks Tab. Was thinking we sign both guys in about another wk, when both are available to sign & announce it at same time…

    Yea, ER that’s what matters the most and is more important then homeice, even though homeice helps. When you have to, everytime choose having everybody/being 100% is key. Plus with all of these things happening (even though it sucks at the time not to be winning/8-2 in last 10games) will help us because that’s 4 guys that are going to well rested/fresher then they would have been wasting energy trying to get meaningless presidents awards.

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