Life got more exciting between the pipes for the Lightning announced today that they signed goaltender Pat Nagle of Ferris State to a 2 year contract. Nagle was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award this season (NCAA hockey’s top honor), but was not one of the finalists. It is that time of year when NCAA players are going to be signing with NHL teams now that the season is over. We’ll have to keep our eyes out to see if the Lightning will look to snag another gem from the rough of the college ranks.
Nagle posted a 18-14-2 record with Ferris State (located in Michigan) in 37 games this season. His 5th ranked 2.02 GAA and .923 save percentage caught the attention of the league and the Bolts brass. Nagle was named to the All-CCHA first team for his performance this season.
Normally on a signing like this, Nagle would be expected to start at the ECHL level, but Nagle played under Norfolk Admirals head coach Jon Cooper with when they were both with the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL. This may have had an influence on the team signing Nagle, and it may also influence where he starts his professional career for the Lightning.
Nagle graduated as an undrafted free agent. The Bloomfield, Mich. native is 6’3 and 185 lbs.