Luke Fulghum

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Luke Fulghum
Born (1980-10-16) October 16, 1980 (age 34)
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
ECHL team
Former teams
Colorado Eagles
St. John's Maple Leafs
Toronto Marlies
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Manchester Phoenix
Coventry Blaze
Sheffield Steelers
Playing career 2005–present

Luke Fulghum (born October 16, 1980 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is an American professional ice hockey forward, currently playing for the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL.

Playing career[edit]

Fulghum began his career in 1998 playing at junior level for the Waterloo Black Hawks in Waterloo, Iowa. The Black Hawks are a Tier 1 junior level hockey team, but despite the high standard, Fulghum adapted well, playing in 52 USHL games and scoring 30 points. His production would improve the following season to a point per game in a 47 game spell, helping the Black Hawks into the post-season.

In his final season in Waterloo, Fulghum featured in 21 games and scored 31 points before being traded mid-season to the Dubuque Fighting Saints, fierce rivals to the Black Hawks. Again Fulghum would consistently score points, managing 31 points in 34 games to the end of the season. For the 2001–02 season, Fulghum would move into college hockey, signing for the University of Denver in his home state of Colorado.

In his first season at NCAA level, Fulghum took time to adapt but established himself as a regular player, scoring 12 points in 35 games. This would improve in the 2002–03 season to 28 points in 40 games. After four productive seasons in Denver, Fulghum would total 112 points and move on to the ill-fated AHL St. John's Maple Leafs, but would move on after just two games. He would split the 2005–06 season between the ECHL Pensacola Ice Pilots and the AHL Toronto Marlies. Fulghum would again play for the Marlies in the 2006–07 season, but spent the majority of the season again at ECHL level, this time with the Columbia Inferno.

For 2007–08, Fulghum became a Bridgeport Sound Tigers player, but again failed to establish himself, playing just once before returning to ECHL level. This would be with the Stockton Thunder. After just five games another mid-season move would ensue, this time to the Elmira Jackals. With a regular run in the team, Fulghum again found his scoring touch, with 24 points in 34 games, totals that would push the Jackals into the post-season where Fulghum would score 4 points in 6 games prior to the Jackals elimination.

In the summer of 2008, Fulghum made the decision to play his hockey in Europe for the first time, signing for the EIHL Manchester Phoenix, a team icing at the highest level of hockey in the United Kingdom. The deal was announced in August 2008 by head coach Tony Hand. Fulghum's first season in UK ice hockey was a positive one which showed off his high work-rate and point scoring ability - Fulghum would score 84 points in just 67 games. At the end of the season due to off-ice financial problems the Phoenix would choose to play in the EPL instead, meaning they could not keep Fulghum on their roster due to him not having a dual passport. He opted to remain in the EIHL and in June 2009 signed for the Coventry Blaze.

He was released from his contract with the Coventry Blaze on December 1, 2011, and was immediately snapped up by the Sheffield Steelers[1]

On June 21, 2012, Fulghum signed with the Denver Cutthroats for their 2012–13 inaugural season. In doing so, he became the second player in franchise history to join the team, following defenseman Aaron MacKenzie.[2]

After a solitary season with the Cutthroats in which he contributed with 20 goals and 53 points in 65 games, and after initially re-signing with the Cutthroats for another year, Fulgham switched over to cross-town competitors the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL on September 12, 2013.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 52 17 13 30 26
1999–00 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 47 28 19 47 69 4 1 1 2 6
2000–01 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 21 7 12 19 31
2000–01 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 34 15 16 31 23
2001–02 University of Denver WCHA 35 5 7 12 8
2002–03 University of Denver WCHA 40 11 17 28 12
2003–04 University of Denver WCHA 43 14 9 23 20
2004–05 University of Denver WCHA 41 21 18 39 12
2004–05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 2 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Pensacola Ice Pilots ECHL 44 13 20 33 82
2005–06 Toronto Marlies AHL 15 3 1 4 15
2006–07 Columbia Inferno ECHL 65 26 17 43 23
2006–07 Toronto Marlies AHL 6 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Stockton Thunder ECHL 5 1 1 2 0
2007–08 Elmira Jackals ECHL 34 14 10 24 10 6 4 0 4 0
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Manchester Phoenix EIHL 52 27 33 60 34 2 1 1 2 2
2009–10 Coventry Blaze EIHL 56 48 32 80 62 3 5 1 6 2
2010–11 Coventry Blaze EIHL 54 38 33 71 36 2 0 2 2 0
2011–12 Coventry Blaze EIHL 26 12 16 33 15
2011–12 Sheffield Steelers EIHL 40 19 25 44 15 2 0 2 2 0
2012–13 Denver Cutthroats CHL 65 20 33 53 34 5 1 2 3 0
2013–14 Colorado Eagles ECHL 65 25 19 44 42 6 2 2 4 2
EIHL totals 228 144 139 283 151 9 6 6 12 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fulgham released from Blaze". Coventry Blaze. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Denver product Fulghum signs with Cutthroats". Denver Cutthroats. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Eagles add firepower with three time champions Fulghum". Colorado Eagles. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 

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