Kyle Hagel (LW)
Named his team's Man of the Year in the community in each of his five full AHL seasons with five different teams, culminating in his Yanick Dupre Memorial Award win as the league’s overall Man of the Year with the Checkers in 2014-15 ... Served as an alternate captain with the Checkers in 2014-15 … Finished the 2014-15 season tied for 10th on the Checkers’ all-time list with 154 penalty minutes … Signed an AHL contract with Charlotte on 6/30/15.
Personal: Co-founder of the Shnarped hockey app and the Hockey Players 4 Kids charity ... One brother, Jonny, is a pediatrician in residence at SickKids Hospital at the University of Toronto … Another brother, Marc, is a forward for the Iowa Wild.
2014-15: Completed his seventh professional season and first with the Checkers … Led the team with 154 penalty minutes, which tied the third-highest single-season total in team history and was the lowest total of his five full AHL seasons … Ranked 22nd in the AHL in penalty minutes and was fourth with 22 major penalties, all of which resulted from fights … Called for only eight penalties, all minors, that resulted in a shorthanded situation all season … Tied for second on the team with 73 games played … Picked up a season-high 19 penalty minutes (hooking minor, fighting major, minor and 10-minute misconduct for instigating) in the first game of the season at MIL (10/10) … Fought Brett Sopel at CHI (10/12) … Fought for the second consecutive game, this time against Joel Rechlicz, at IA (10/24) … Earned fighting majors in five of his first seven games as a Checker from 10/10-10/31 … Dropped the gloves with Michael Liambas vs. MIL (11/29) … Earned his first point of the season with an assist on Brendan Woods’ game-winning goal and posted a season-high, plus-2 rating vs. IA (12/6) … Picked up an assist for the second consecutive game and earned a fighting major vs. IA (12/8) … Dropped the gloves with Connor Brickley vs. SA (12/19) … Scored his first goal since 4/12/13 on his 30th birthday at NOR (1/21) … Picked up 17 penalty minutes (fighting major, minor and 10-minute misconduct for instigating) at SA (1/30) … Had a season-high four shots on goal at LE (2/12) … Fought in each of two games the Checkers played in his hometown of Hamilton on 2/27 and 2/28 … Dropped the gloves with former Checker Matt Corrente at SA (3/17) … Scored the Checkers’ only goal, his second of the season, in the 2-1 loss at GR (4/17).