GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed goaltenderPat Nagle to a one-year contract.
A native of Bloomfield, Mich., Nagle appeared in 25 games with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets in 2016-17 and tallied a 15-3-4 record, a 2.23 goals against average and a 0.916 save percentage. If he had played enough minutes to qualify, Nagle would have placed third in the league in GAA and eighth in save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound netminder logged a six-game unbeaten streak from Feb. 17-March 5 (4-0-2) then added a 5-2 mark in nine Kelly Cup Playoff games, helping the Komets reach the second round.
Nagle appeared in two games with the Griffins in 2014-15 and picked up a win while showing a 0.78 GAA and a 0.971 save percentage. The 29-year-old has competed in seven career AHL games since 2012-13 between Grand Rapids, Syracuse, Rochester and Utica and owns a 1-4-0 record, a 3.23 GAA and a 0.900 save percentage.
Nagle has appeared in 222 ECHL games since 2011-12 with Florida, Idaho and Fort Wayne, amassing a 123-59-24 record, a 2.61 GAA and a 0.911 save percentage.
Prior to turning pro, Nagle played four seasons at Ferris State University (CCHA) from 2007-11 and ranks among the school’s all-time leaders with 45 wins (3rd), a 2.32 GAA (3rd) and a 0.916 save percentage (T2nd).
The Griffins will raise their 2017 Calder Cup championship banner and begin the defense of their title on Friday, Oct. 6 at Van Andel Arena against Manitoba when the puck drops on the 2017-18 season with Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank.
Single-game tickets will go on sale to the public on Sept. 8. Fans can secure theirfull-season, select-season or group ticket packages by calling (616) 774-4585 ext. 2 or visit griffinshockey.com for more information.
Likely an ECHL move for the team, this gives one more goaltender to the organization structure, which currently has Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek with the Wings while Jared Coreau, Matej Machovsky, and Tom McCollum are soon to be bolstered by Nagle with the Griffins. Unsigned draft picks include Chase Perry and Keith Petruzelli in the college ranks, as well as Joren Van Pottelberghe and Filip Larsson in Europe.
This signing by the Griffins should give them the availability to keep two goalies in Toledo when needed, but will give them the ability to call and/or keep up either Machovsky or Nagle if something moves in terms of goalie depth for the Wings.