Fuel ink Brittain, Franzon

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, ECHL affiliate of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, signed veteran forward Josh Brittain and returning defenseman Anders Franzon for the 2015-16 season.

A third-round selection (71st overall) by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Brittain registered 46 points (22g-24a) and 125 penalty minutes in 73 combined ECHL appearances last season for the Kalamazoo Wings, Missouri Mavericks and Ontario Reign. A native of Milton, Ontario, Brittain has 114 AHL appearances to his credit in parts of four seasons from 201014 with the Syracuse Crunch, Norfolk Admirals and Hershey Bears and tallied 30 points (16g-14a) and 180 penalty minutes over that span. Entering the 2015-16 season, Brittain has appeared in 187 career ECHL games spanning parts of five seasons from 2010-15 with the Elmira Jackals, Fort Wayne Komets, Reading Royals, Kalamazoo, Missouri and Ontario logging 115 points (57g-58a), 275 penalty minutes and a +27 rating. Prior to his professional career, Brittain accumulated 152 points (80g-72a) and 370 penalty minutes in parts of five junior seasons with the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, Barrie Colts and Plymouth Whalers. He also helped Team Canada claim the Gold Medal at the 2008 IIHF U18 World Junior Championships.

Franzon netted 17 points (3g-14a) and 16 penalty minutes in 61 appearances last year for the Fuel. A native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Franzon, returns to the club for his third professional season following a four-year collegiate career at the University of Vermont from 2009-13. In 125 career NCAA appearances for the Catamounts, Franzon scored 24 points (4g-20a) and was named to the 2009-10 Hockey East All-Academic Team. Prior to his time with the Fuel, Franzon played for Indy Head Coach Scott Hillman with the Missouri Mavericks during the 2013-14 Central Hockey League season and amassed 31 points (10g-21a) and 21 penalty minutes in 66 appearances.