INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, announced that they have signed defenseman Troy Vance and forward Reed Seckel for the 2017-18 season. Both players have previous experience with the Fuel; Vance arrived in Indianapolis last spring while Seckel was with the team to begin the 2015-16 season.
Vance, 24, tallied two points (1g-1a) in 15 games with the Fuel following a March trade from the Cincinnati Cyclones. The native of Goshen, N.Y. chipped in four points (1g-3a) in 38 games with the Cyclones to begin 2017-18. A fourth-year professional, Vance has compiled 19 points (6g-13a) over 118 career ECHL contests with Indy, Cincinnati, Missouri, Idaho and Elmira, in addition to 19 points (3g-16a) in the Finnish SM-Liiga with Ässät during the 2015-16 campaign. A fifth-round selection (135th overall) of the Dallas Stars in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Vance spent parts of four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, tallying 84 points (17g-64a) in 206 total games.
Seckel, 28, recorded 17 points (6g-11a) in 50 games last season, split between Missouri and Elmira. Entering his third pro season, the native of Melvin, Mich. has seen action in 121 total games with the Jackals, Mavericks and Fuel, collecting 40 points (14g-26a) and 143 penalty minutes. Seckel made Indy’s opening night roster in 2015-16, chipping in an assist in 15 games before heading to Missouri in a trade. The product of Northern Michigan University was a two-time United States Hockey League All-Star during a two-year stint with the Green Bay Gamblers from 2008-10, helping Green Bay to a Clark Cup title in 2010.