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 re-signed the team’s all-time leading goal scorer Josh Shalla to a contract for the 2018-19 season.
Skating in 90 games with the Fuel over the past two seasons, the 26-year-old Shalla occupies the top spot on the club’s goal scoring list with 50, while his 92 total points rank second in team history. After starting the 2017-18 season with the EIHL’s Nottingham Panthers, he returned to Indianapolis in January, finishing the season second on the Fuel roster with 50 points (28g-22a) in 42 games.
En route to tallying a team single-season record 28 goals last season, Shalla logged seven multi-goal games – including a pair of hat tricks – while tying for the team lead with seven power play goals. The native of Oshawa, Ontario was instrumental in the Fuel earning their first-ever Kelly Cup Playoff berth, racking up 13 goals and three assists over Indy’s final 11 regular-season games, before chipping in a goal and an assist over four postseason contests. Shalla’s strong finish earned him ECHL Player of the Week honors the week of March 26-April 1.
Entering his seventh professional season, Shalla has accumulated 253 points (132g-121a) over 305 career ECHL games with the Fuel, Wheeling Nailers, Toledo Walleye and Cincinnati Cyclones. In addition to his time in the ECHL, the veteran forward saw action in 58 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals from 2012-14, logging 16 points (5g-11a). Prior to turning pro, Shalla spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, where he recorded 233 points (133g-100a) in 256 total games split between the Saginaw Spirit, Guelph Storm and Brampton Battalion.