Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fuel add Kenton Miller, Garrett Klotz

The Indy Fuel have added two players to their roster, including their first veteran -- high-scoring center Kenton Miller and big, tough left wing Garrett Klotz. 

Kenton Miller (left) in 2012-13. (Pro Hockey News)
Center Kenton Miller is a high-scoring center in his third pro season. He played for Fuel coach Scott Hillman in 2012-13 with the CHL's Missouri Mavericks and tallied 30 goals and 17 assists as a rookie. He also played six games for the AHL's Chicago Wolves that season.

Last season, he split the year between the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies and Fort Wayne Komets.  He had six goals and 20 points in 61 games. Miller is a 23-year-old player from Redvers, Saskatchewan. He stands 6-0, 196.

In his total minor pro career, he has 36 goals and 35 assists in 120 games. 

Miller was also a big scorer in junior hockey, with a 35-goal season with the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors and Calgary Hitmen in 2011-12. In his WHL career, Miller had 60 goals and 57 assists over four seasons.

He has been described as a hard-worker who is popular with his teammates.

"Kenton played for me in his rookie season on assignment from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL and went on to set our franchise record for goals scored in a single season with 30," Fuel coach Scott Hillman said in a team release. "He was also an outstanding performer in the playoffs. Kenton is an explosive skater and has an incredible shot. He continues to mature as a player as he learns to be an impact player in professional hockey. Kenton is an outstanding individual and is the type of player that is always trying to better himself. We are excited to add him to our roster."

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel article focusing on Miller
Miller's HockeyDB page

Fuel left wing Garrett Klotz (Pro Hockey News)
Left wing Garrett Klotz is a winger who brings a measure of toughness to the Fuel. At 6-6, 250 pounds, he brings size. When he was drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 2007 NHL Draft, Klotz was referred to as a "typical Flyers pick" -- a big, strong, physical player who combines skill and toughness. Klotz played his first four professional seasons in the Flyers' organization.

Klotz is a 25-year-old from Regina, Saskatchewan who will fill one of the Fuel's four allotted veteran spots, having played in 299 professional games. He skated last season for the Central Hockey League champion Allen Americans, where he had six goals and eight assists in 55 games. He also had 257 penalty minutes, his career high. In his 299 total professional games, he has 22 goals and 34 assists, as well as 677 penalty minutes.

Klotz has also played for the AHL's Philadelphia/Adirondack Phantoms and Norfolk Admirals, the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors and Fort Wayne Komets, and the CHL's Bloomington Prairie Thunder and Allen Americans. He has played 157 AHL games, scoring four goals and adding seven assists, as well as 193 penalty minutes. In the ECHL, he has three goals and four assists in 38 games, as well as 98 penalty minutes. In the CHL, he has played 104 games, with 14 goals and 23 assists and 386 penalty minutes.

“Garrett plays with intensity and won’t back down from a challenge,” Hillman said in a team release. “He’s a savvy player whose experience will help the team, and he’s not afraid to mix it up on the ice. I know he’ll be a favorite of the fans and in the locker room.”

Klotz's HockeyDB page

The two join the Fuel's first two signings: rookie forwards Pete Massar and Rhett Bly.

Indy Fuel release

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