Third Year Goaltender, Rookie Defenseman Ink One-Year AHL Contracts
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today the club has signed both goaltender Pat Nagle and defenseman Etienne Boutet (pronounced AY-tee-ehn BOO-tay) to one-year standard American Hockey League contracts for the 2013-14 season.
Nagle, 25, was undrafted and signed a two-year entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 23, 2011, but now joins the Stars as a free agent. The Bloomfield, Michigan native completed his second pro season with Tampa Bay’s ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades, in 2012-13, posting a 14-9-3 record, with a 3.02 goals-against average and a 0.904 save percentage in 31 games. He also made his AHL debut with the Syracuse Crunch on March 6, 2013 at Toronto, entering the game at 2:24 of the second period to relieve starter Riku Helenius in a 6-3 loss to the Marlies. Nagle made his first career AHL start on March 21, 2013 at home against Binghamton Senators and remained with the Crunch and dressed as the backup goaltender for every game of the team’s run to the 2013 Calder Cup Finals. During his rookie season he helped Florida win the 2012 Kelly Cup Championship, beating the Las Vegas Wranglers in the Finals in five games. Nagle appeared in six games during the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs, earning three wins, including one shutout, during the Eastern Conference Finals against Elmira and adding another shutout victory against Kalamazoo in the Conference Finals. He led the entire ECHL during the Kelly Cup Playoffs in goals-against average (1.42) and shutouts (2) and was tied for the league lead in save percentage (0.941).
Nagle played four years of NCAA Division I college hockey for Ferris State University of the CCHA. In 101 career NCAA games for the Bulldogs he posted a 45-42-11 record, with a 2.32 goals-against average, a 0.916 save percentage and five shutouts. During Nagle’s senior season he posted the fifth-best GAA in the country (2.02), being named to the 2010-11 AHCA First All-American Team and the 2010-11 All-CCHA First Team, while also being a 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate, a 2010-11 CCHA Player of the Year finalist and earning Ferris State’s Most Valuable Player Award. Prior to his collegiate career, he played one season of junior hockey for the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL, where he played for current Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and won the 2007 NAHL Championship. Nagle was named to the 2006-07 NAHL All-Rookie First Team, the 2006-07 NAHL Rookie of the Year and selected to the 2006-07 NAHL Second All-Star Team.
Boutet, 21, was undrafted and signs with Texas as a free agent after completing his fifth season of major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2012-13. The St-Nicolas, Quebec native began last year with Rimouski Oceanic before being traded to the Gatineau Olympiques on November 27, 2012 for a second round pick in the 2013 QMJHL Draft. Last season Boutet combined for 44 points (12 goals, 32 assists) and 61 penalty minutes in 64 games. In 289 career QMJHL games for Rouyn-Noranda, Rimouski and Gatineau he had 113 career points (28 goals, 85 assists) and 299 penalty minutes. Boutet helped Rimouski reach the 2012 President’s Cup Finals, before being swept in four games by the Saint John Sea Dogs. He has attended NHL training camps with the Dallas Stars in 2010 and the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011, while participating in the Hamilton Bulldogs’ AHL training camp in 2012. Boutet attended Dallas’ rookie development camp this summer and is on the Stars’ roster for the upcoming 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament in Travers City, Michigan.
2013-14 Texas Stars Season Tickets are currently on sale and the 2013-14 Season Opener is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th against the Chicago Wolves at 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. To reserve the best available seats and received all of the exclusive season ticket holder benefits for the 2013-14 season, purchase your season ticket package today. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.
Photo Credit of Pat Nagle: Scott Thomas Photography.
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