INDIANAPOLIS - The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL's Rockford IceHogs announced Wednesday that long-time local broadcaster Andrew Smith has been named the new voice of the Fuel. Fans can catch Smith's call for all 36 of the Fuel's home games in 2018-19, streaming live on IndyFuelHockey.com. Additionally, the Fuel will be launching “Under the Hood” a brand new podcast series featuring in-depth analysis of the team, exclusive interviews with players, coaches and other team personnel, and more never-before-seen content.
A long familiar voice to Indianapolis hockey fans, Smith served as a public address announcer for the Indiana Ice from 2011-14 before becoming the in-arena voice for the Fuel at Indiana Farmers Coliseum since the team began play in 2014-15. The Indianapolis native and graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism brings more than 20 years of experience as a sports writer and broadcaster, providing excellent coverage as the official “Indy Fuel Insider” since 2015.
"It's been an honor for me to be able to serve the Fuel fans for the last four years as a public address announcer and being a small part of the best game day experience in the ECHL,” Smith said. “We have a great tradition of hockey broadcasting in Indy going back more than 40 years, and I'm humbled to continue that tradition.”
Fans will be able to access a live audio stream of every game at Indiana Farmers Coliseum through the Game Center at IndyFuelHockey.com or by clicking the Watch/Listen Live button. Once again, fans can watch all 72 Fuel games in 2018-19 through ECHL.TV - the league's official streaming service, powered by NeuLion. With ECHL.TV fans can follow their favorite teams with live audio and video streams, available right on their computer or digital device. Single-game passes are available for every ECHL game in 2017-18, as well as team and full-season packages.
The brand new “Under The Hood” podcast - hosted by Smith and Fuel Director of Marketing Brent Hollerud - is set to debut ahead of the club's Opening Weekend doubleheader on Oct. 12-13. Episodes will be produced on a bi-weekly basis throughout the season, and will be posted on the Fuel's social media channels and IndyFuelHockey.com.
“Our fans are passionate and knowledgeable and they deserve no less than the best from their team. I'm excited to bring our fans behind the scenes of the Fuel with a lot of new content - our new podcast will spotlight our entire organization,” Smith explained. “Our whole team is getting a lot of great game day and postgame content ready for our fans. Let's drop the puck.”
Single-game tickets are now on sale for the Fuel's 5th anniversary season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Be there as drops the puck during Opening Weekend on October 12-13! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan - grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don't forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the offseason.
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