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Blackhawks and IceHogs agree to expand ECHL affiliation with Indy Fuel

Blackhawks and IceHogs agree to expand ECHL affiliation with Indy Fuel

    Rockford IceHogs

May 9, 2024 – American Hockey League (AHL)
Rockford IceHogs news release

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs today announced that they have agreed to a three-year extension of their membership, with an option for an additional two years, with the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, the leading professional development league for the American Hockey League and National Hockey League.

“We are pleased to once again extend our partnership with the Indy Fuel,” said Mark Bernard, IceHogs President and General Manager of Hockey Operations. “Over the past ten seasons, the relationship between organizations has been productive and impactful. Jim Hallett, Larry McQueary and Duncan Dalmao have always treated our players with the utmost professionalism, and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

The Fuel, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks since April 1, 2014, when they began as the league’s 23rd franchise. They play their home games at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. 2014 marked the return of professional hockey to Indianapolis after the 16-year run of the Indianapolis Ice, which operated in the International Hockey League from 1988-99 and as a member of the Central Hockey League from 1999-2004. The Ice was the main affiliate for the Blackhawks from 1989 to 1998.

In 2023-2024, nine players saw action in both Indy and Rockford. The Fuel have reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs in three of the past four seasons. Beginning in late 2024, the Fuel will play in Fishers, Indiana, at the new Fishers Event Center.

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