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Fuel Acquire Sproule from Alaska

March 12, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Indy Fuel News Release

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL's Rockford IceHogs, acquired rookie defenseman Quinn Sproule from the Alaska Aces on Thursday in exchange for rookie forward Dean Chelios. A 5'11", 190 lb. left-handed shooting blue-liner from Hussar, Alberta, Sproule notched five goals, 13 points and a +11 rating in 36 appearances for the Aces this season.

In 138 career NCAA appearances for the WCHA's University of Alaska-Anchorage, Sproule registered five goals, 25 points and 89 penalty minutes in four varsity seasons from 2010 to 2014. Prior to his collegiate career, Sproule spent two seasons in the junior ranks with the AJHL's Okotoks Oilers, netting 21 goals, 57 points and 225 penalty minutes in 118 appearances from 2008 to 2010. Sproule will wear number six for the Fuel.

The son of Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Chris Chelios and a former Michigan State Spartan, Chelios collected two goals and 14 points in 36 appearances for the Fuel in the first full campaign of his professional career. In eight games played for the Toledo Walleye at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Chelios logged four penalty minutes.

In four collegiate seasons with Michigan State from 2009 to 2014, Chelios scored 25 goals and 53 points, along with 80 combined penalty minutes in 139 games played for the Spartans. In two seasons in the USHL for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Chicago Steel from 2007 to 2009, the 6'2", 185 lb. left-handed shooting winger from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan notched 25 goals, 72 points and 61 penalty minutes in 108 appearances.

Next up for the Fuel, it's a "Friday the Thirteenth" clash vs. the Evansville IceMen with the opening faceoff set for 7:35 pm at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. In celebration of Indiana Comic Con, fans attending the game dressed as their favorite comic book character will receive a $5 concessions voucher and the first 1,000 ticket holders through the gates will receive an Indy Fuel comic book! For tickets, visit any Ticketmaster location, www.Ticketmaster.com or swing by the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Full television coverage of Friday's game begins at 7:30 pm on HTSN with Jim Mirabello on the call and full radio coverage starts with the "Jose Cuervo Pregame Show" at 7:20 pm over the air on CBS Sports 1430 WXNT-AM, online at www.cbssports1430.com and on smartphones everywhere via the free "TuneIn" Radio app with Fuel broadcaster Tony Brown providing the play-by-play.

In 2014-15, the Indy Fuel, the proud "AA" affiliate of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks and AHL's Rockford IceHogs, drop the puck on their first season in the ECHL. Season ticket packages for the Fuel's inaugural campaign are available now starting at just under $12 per game! To reserve your seats, contact the Fuel today at (317) 925-FUEL or visit www.indyfuelhockey.com for more information. Be sure to follow the Fuel on Twitter @IndyFuel and don't forget to 'Like' the official "Indy Fuel" fan page on Facebook.


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