INDIANAPOLIS - The Indy Fuel announced today that they have signed forward Samuel Ruffin to a standard player contract for the upcoming 2023-24 season.
Ruffin is a Westfield, Indiana native that played for the Indiana Jr. Ice 16U team in the 2013-14 season before playing two seasons at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana.
The 5’9” forward then played two seasons for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) where he scored 87 points in 115 games and helped the Ice Dogs to the playoffs both seasons. In his final season with Fairbanks, he tallied ten points in eleven games in their playoff run.
He spent the 2018-19 season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he played 29 games before transferring to Adrian College where he played the next four seasons, scoring 136 points in 103 games, and became a NCAA III champion in 2019-20 with fellow Fuel members Cam Gray and Andrew Bellant and then again in 2022-23 with Matus Spodniak.
While at Adrian, Ruffin majored in Business Administration with a minor in Sports Management and was active with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps find cures for children with cancer.
This is the Fuel’s seventh signing for the 2023-24 season. Ruffin joins forwards Matus Spodniak, Andrew Bellant, and Darby Llewellyn, and defensemen Trevor Zins, Luke McInnis, and Santino Centorame.
VIEW RUFFIN’S CAREER STATS HERE
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The Indy Fuel are the proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks and the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and will return to Indiana Farmers Coliseum for their tenth season this fall.