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Nolan Descoteaux, Connor Reilly added to Fuel roster

Fourth-year defenseman, rookie forward headed to Indy in 2017-18

 

Photos courtesy of Allen Americans, University of Minnesota

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Nolan Descoteaux and rookie forward Connor Reilly for the 2017-18 ECHL season. Descoteaux brings over 170 games of professional experience to the Fuel blue line, while Reilly looks to make his ECHL debut after completing his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota.

Descoteaux, 27, appeared in 60 games with the Alaska Aces in 2016-17, posting 30 points (10g, 20a) and setting career high marks in all offensive categories. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defenseman led all Aces in goal scoring, after joining the team via an early-season trade from the Allen Americans.

Entering his fourth professional season, Descoteaux has recorded 58 points (15g, 43a) and 100 penalty minutes over 173 career ECHL games with Alaska, Allen, Missouri, Atlanta, Rapid City and Gwinnett. In 2014-15, the Dallas native saw action in 58 games as a rookie with the Americans, helping the club to its first of two consecutive Kelly Cup titles. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Descoteaux finished his college career with 35 points (12g, 23a) over 139 total games with the Tigers.

Reilly, 25, arrives in Indianapolis after posting 24 goals and 32 assists over 129 total contests with Minnesota. The six-foot, 181-pound forward served as an alternate captain during his final two seasons with the Golden Gophers, while leading his team to the Big Ten regular season championship in each of his four years at school.

A native of Chanhassen, Minn., Reilly played alongside former Fuel defensemen Justin Holl and Ben Marshall while in Minneapolis, in addition to his brothers Mike and Ryan.  Prior to his college career, Reilly played a season with Penticton in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), earning league Second All-Star Team honors en route to helping the Vees to BCHL regular season and playoff titles.

The Fuel’s 2017-18 roster currently stands at 10 players under contract, consisting of seven forwards and three defenseman. View the entire roster by clicking here.

Opening Night of the 2017-18 Indy Fuel season arrives on October 21, and Ticket Plans are now on sale! Join the team for year four at Indiana Farmers Coliseum and receive priority access to seats for the 2018 CCM/ECHL All Star Classic! Learn more by visiting IndyFuelHockey.com or calling 317-925-FUEL. Keep tabs on the team during the offseason by following the Fuel on Twitter and Instagram (@IndyFuel) and don’t forget to ‘Like’ the Fuel on Facebook.