McInnis, Dufour join Fuel roster

INDIANAPOLIS –The Indy Fuel, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks and the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs, announced that they have signed forwards Johnny McInnis and Kevin Dufour to contracts for the 2018-19 season.

McInnis, 28, accumulated 36 points (20g-16a) in 64 games last season split between the Fuel and the South Carolina Stingrays, his 20 goals setting a new career high mark. In 57 games with Indy after being claimed off of waivers in late November, he tallied 34 points (18g-16a), while adding five power-play goals. McInnis never went more than three games without registering a point over the course of the season. 

Over four seasons in the ECHL, McInnis has skated in 250 total games with six different teams, posting 144 points (67g-77a). The Boston native made his professional debut at the end of the 2013-14 season, when he appeared in two games for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters following collegiate career at Minnesota State University-Mankato. In 133 NCAA contests with the Mavericks, McInnis recorded 79 points (43g-36a), leading his team in goal scoring as a senior.  

Dufour, 25, was acquired via trade on June 13 from the Wichita Thunder, fulfilling the future considerations owed to the Fuel from the December trade that sent Nick Bligh to the Thunder. In 69 games as a rookie split between Wichita and the Brampton Beast last season, Dufour posted 40 points (19g-21a). The Quebec City, Quebec native made his professional debut at the end of the 2016-17 season, appearing in nine games for the South Carolina Stingrays, tallying seven points (3g-4as).

Prior to becoming a professional, Dufour spent four years with Bowling Green State University, where he compiled 87 points (54g-33a) in 154 career NCAA games. As a senior in 2016-17, Dufour led the Falcons with 18 goals.