Hockey

Bulldogs sign defenceman to one-year pact


24-year-old defenceman recorded seven points in 29 games with AHL Rockford in 2013-2014

bulldogsDefenceman Bobby Shea has been signed to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / East Coast Hockey League contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs for the 2014-15 season.

Shea split last season between the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. In 29 regular season games with Rockford, the 24-year-old had seven points (three goals, four assists) and 84 penalty minutes. He faced an eight-game AHL suspension last March after a bizarre incident off the ice against the Chicago Wolves. After delivering an ugly high elbow to Chicago’s Ty Rattie, Shea earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct. The two players headed to their respective dressing rooms via rubber mats on both sides of the same tunnel. At that point, Shea dropped down on all fours and crawled across the concrete before confronting Rattie again and exchanging a few blows – police officers broke it up.

In 19 regular season games with Toledo, the Harrison Township, Michigan native registered four points (two and two) and 22 penalty minutes.

The 5’11”, 201-pound blueliner turned professional with the ECHL’s Reading Royals at the end of the 2012-13 season following a four-year collegiate career. In four regular season games with Reading, he recorded one assist and 17 penalty minutes. Then, in 15 playoff games, he recorded three points (two-one) and 21 penalty minutes as he helped Reading capture the 2013 Kelly Cup championship.

Before turning pro, Shea played four seasons with the Bowling Green State University Falcons. In 139 career regular season games with Bowling Green from 2009 to 2013, he had 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) and 239 penalty minutes.

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