Bulldogs find home-grown defenceman

Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman and Hamilton native Kyle Hagel to one-year American Hockey League contract.

Hagel, 27, played seven games for the Peoria Rivermen in 2011-12, collecting one assist and 15 penalty minutes. In 96-career AHL games with Peoria, the Rockford IceHogs (2009-11) and the Rochester Americans (2008-09), Hagel has posted 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and 301 penalty minutes. He played 80 games in the East Coast Hockey League with the Las Vegas Wranglers (2009-10), Reading Royals (2008-09) and Fresno Falcons (2008-09) recording 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) and 220 penalty minutes.

The 6’0”, 210-pound blueliner played four seasons for Princeton University of the Eastern College Athletic Conference from 2004-08 recording 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) and 80 penalty minutes in 117 games. Hagel was also a member of the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Provincial Junior “A” Hockey League from 2002-04 and notched 34 points (eight goals, 26 assists) and 170 penalty minutes in 87 games.

Hagel was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues on May 5, 2011.