Big Rapids, Mich. - The Texas Stars, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced recently the club has signed former Ferris State University goaltender Pat Nagle to a one-year standard AHL contract for the 2013-14 season as this past summer's run of former Bulldog Hockey professional signings continues.
Nagle, 25, was undrafted and signed a two-year entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 23, 2011, but now joins the Stars as a free agent.
The Bloomfield, Mich., native completed his second pro season with Tampa Bay's ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades, in 2012-13, posting a 14-9-3 record, with a 3.02 goals-against average and a 0.904 save percentage in 31 games. He also made his AHL debut with the Syracuse Crunch on March 6, 2013 at Toronto, entering the game at 2:24 of the second period to relieve starter Riku Helenius in a 6-3 loss to the Marlies.
Nagle made his first career AHL start on March 21, 2013 at home against the Binghamton Senators and remained with the Crunch and dressed as the backup goaltender for every game of the team's run to the 2013 Calder Cup Finals. During his rookie season, he helped Florida win the 2012 Kelly Cup Championship, beating the Las Vegas Wranglers in the Finals in five games.
Nagle appeared in six games during the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs, earning three wins, including one shutout, during the Eastern Conference Finals against Elmira and adding another shutout victory against Kalamazoo in the Conference Finals. He led the entire ECHL during the Kelly Cup Playoffs in goals-against average (1.42) and shutouts (2) and was tied for the league lead in save percentage (0.941).
Nagle played four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Ferris State in the CCHA. In 101 career NCAA games for the Bulldogs, he posted a 45-42-11 record, with a 2.32 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and five shutouts.
During Nagle's senior season, he posted the fifth-best GAA in the country (2.02), being named to the 2010-11 AHCA All-America First Team and the 2010-11 All-CCHA First Team, while also being a 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate, a 2010-11 CCHA Player of the Year finalist and earning Ferris State's Most Valuable Player Award.
Prior to his collegiate career, he played one season of junior hockey for the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL, where he played for current Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and won the 2007 NAHL Championship. Nagle was named to the 2006-07 NAHL All-Rookie First Team, the 2006-07 NAHL Rookie of the Year and selected to the 2006-07 NAHL Second All-Star Team.