Sharib, Currier join Fuel for 2016-17

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, announced that they have signed forwards Cody Sharib and Tyler Currier to ECHL contracts for the 2016-17 season. Sharib returns to the Fuel after a successful rookie season, while Currier was acquired via a trade from the Elmira Jackals on June 14.

Sharib, 25 appeared in 69 of the Fuel’s 72 games in 2015-16, recording 33 points (17g-16a), 44 penalty minutes and a +5 rating. The 6-foot-2, 209 pound forward finished fifth in team points, and led all Indy skaters with 17 goals, earning Fuel Rookie of the Year honors in the process.

A native of Needham, Mass., Sharib came to Indianapolis after a four-year collegiate career at the University of Connecticut, where he posted 48 points (25g-23a) in 132 career games. Prior to joining the Huskies, Sharib won a pair of championships in 2010 and 2011 with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL).

The Fuel obtained the rights to the 28-year-old Currier as part of the deal that sent goaltender Shane Owen to Elmira in early March. In 66 games with the Jackals in 2015-16, Currier tallied 35 points (21g-14a) and 70 penalty minutes. In addition to leading Elmira with 21 goals last season, Currier played a game each with the AHL’s Utica Comets and Springfield Falcons – recording a goal and an assist with the latter.

In parts of two seasons with Elmira, the Missouri Mavericks and Alaska Aces, Currier has logged 118 ECHL games, picking up 51 points (29g-22a). The Anchorage, Alaska native and product of the University of Alaska-Anchorage began his professional career with the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League in 2013-14.