Tvrdon joins Fuel for 2016-17 season

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, announced that they have signed forward Marek Tvrdon to a contract for the 2016-17 season.

A fourth-round selection (144th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Tvrdon spent parts of the last three seasons in the Detroit system with the Toledo Walleye and the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Tvrdon spent the majority of the 2015-16 campaign in Toledo, where he posted 21 points (8g-13a) in 23 games. In addition, the 23-year-old suited up for one game with Grand Rapids and a four-game stint with the KHL’s HC Slovan Bratislava. In 53 career AHL games with the Griffins, Tvrdon has tallied 29 points (10g-19a) – all of which came in 2014-15 when he finished fourth in team rookie scoring. The native of Nitra, Slovakia added another six points (2g-4a) in 13 Calder Cup Playoff games that spring, when Grand Rapids reached the 2015 Western Conference Finals.

In 69 career ECHL games with Toledo, Tvrdon has accumulated 58 points (23g-35a) along with 36 penalty minutes. He spent parts of four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Kelowna Rockets and Vancouver Giants, finishing his major junior career with 134 points (56g-78a) in 119 contests. Tvrdon has also appeared in a pair of IIHF World Junior Championships for his native Slovakia, skating in the U18 tournament in 2010 and the U20 tournament in 2012.