The Hamilton Bulldogs defence will be rookie-laden this season with the arrival of Jarred Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu and Morgan Ellis on the scene out of junior hockey and Greg Pateryn from the University of Michigan.   In order to give the quartet an opportunity to get their professional skates on the ice, as it were, the Bulldogs have signed defenceman Kyle Hagel, a Hamilton native,  to a one year American Hockey League contract.  All you really need to know about Hagel is the fact that he has played 96 AHL games with three different teams and recorded 301 penalty minutes. 

Last year, the Bulldogs enforcer position on defence was taken care of by Zach Fitzgerald.  In seventy-four games Fitzgerald registered five points and 268 minutes in penalties.  Fitzgerald, an UFA, signed with the Adirondak Phantoms of the AHL on July 2nd.

From Canadiens Communications

MONTREAL, QC – Montreal Canadiens Executive Vice President and General Manager Marc Bergevin announced the signing of defenceman Kyle Hagel to one-year American Hockey League contract.

Hagel
, 27, played seven games for the Peoria Rivermen in 2011-2012, collecting one assist and 15 penalty minutes. In 96-career AHL games with the Peoria Rivermen (2011-2012), the Rockford IceHogs (2009-2011) and the Rochester Americans (2008-2009), the Hamilton, Ontario native has posted 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and 301 penalty minutes.  Hagel played 80 games in ECHL with the Las Vegas Wranglers (2009-2010), Reading Royals (2008-2009) and Fresno Falcons (2008-2009) recording 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) and 220 penalty minutes.

The 6’0”, 210-pound defenceman played four seasons for Princeton University of the Eastern College Athletic Conference from 2004-2008 recording 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) and 80 penalty minutes in 117 games. Hagelwas also a member of the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Provincial Junior “A” Hockey League from 2002-2004 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.