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 Ryan McGrath and Tyler Whitney to contracts for the 2018-19 season.
McGrath skated in 63 games for the Quad City Mallards last season, finishing fifth on the team in scoring with 34 points (12g-22a). The 27-year-old spent the 2016-17 campaign in Germany with EC Harzer Falken, where he led his team in all offensive categories, logging 24 goals and 33 assists in 42 games.
A four-year product of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, McGrath got his first professional experience during a four game stint with the Manchester Monarchs at the end of the 2015-16 season. During his collegiate career, the native of O’Fallon, Missiuri recorded 60 points in 139 contests for the River Hawks.
Whitney made his pro debut in March after signing a professional tryout agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays. The 25-year-old is coming off his NCAA career at Trinity College, where he finished with 104 points (41g-63a) in 107 games. As a junior in 2016-17, Whitney paced the Bantams with 38 points (13g-25a), while leading the NESCAC in power play points and power play goals.