sheaThe Canadiens farm system is loaded with prospects on defense but, like pitching you can never have too many, especially at the minor league level.

The Hamilton Bulldogs announced the signing of 24 year old  Bobby Shea to a one-year, two way AHL/ECHL contract for the coming season.  Shea has to be considered a long shot prospect after splitting last season between AHL Rockford and ECHL-Toledo.

This will be his third pro season after completing a four year college career at Bridgeport.  He will add  some experience to a Hamilton defense corps that will feature for the third season in a row, at least two incoming rookie professionals.  This year it will be three;l Dalton Thrower turns pro out of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and from the college ranks draft choice Mac Bennett from the University of Michigan and free agent signing David Makowski who recently graduated from Denver U.   Magnus Nygren. Last season the Bulldogs supported the likes of Dietz, Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn with 29 year old Nathan McIver along with Drew Schiestel and Joel Chouinard.  All three were under one year contracts and are currently unsigned free agents.

From Hamilton Bulldogs Communications Department

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have signed defenceman Bobby Shea to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / ECHL contract for the 2014-2015 season.

Shea split the 2013-2014 season between the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. In 29 regular season games with Rockford, the 24-year-old recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) and 84 penalty minutes. In 19 regular season games with Toledo, the HarrisonTownship, Michigan native registered four points (two goals, two assists) and 22 penalty minutes.

The 5’11”, 201-pound defenceman turned professional with the ECHL’s Reading Royals at the end of the 2012-2013 season following a four-year collegiate career. In four regular season games with Reading in 2012-2013, he recorded one assist and 17 penalty minutes. Then, in 15 playoff games, he recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and 21 penalty minutes as he helped Reading capture the 2013 Kelly Cup championship. Before turing pro, Shea played four seasons with the Bowling GreenStateUniversity Falcons. In 139 career regular season games with Bowling Green from 2009 to 2013, he recorded 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) and 239 penalty minutes.