Iowa Wild general manager Jim Mill announced last week that the Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate has signed Marc Hagel to a standard player contract (SPC). The deal is a one-year contract that does not tie Hagel to the Minnesota Wild.
Mill said, in a press release announcing the signing, “Marc brought great work ethic and energy to our team last season and we are happy to have him under contract for upcoming season.”
Through 46 AHL games last season Hagel tallied eight goals, 15 points, a minus-5 rating, and 35 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Wild Hagel had played six AHL games for the Lake Eerie Monsters in the 2012-13 season. He put up two helpers and four penalty minutes for the Monsters.
Hagel is one of very few non-RFA players returning to the Iowa Wild for this season. The team struggled last year, posting a conference worst 27-36-7-6 record, for just 67 points. The Wild missed the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs, but have been restocking the shelves with some talented and exciting young players. Things are on the rebound in Iowa and the team hopes to bring the Calder Cup Playoffs to Des Moines for the first time ever in 2015.
Listen to an interview with Hagel about returning to Iowa for his first full AHL season.
Watch Hagel’s first AHL goal from January 12 below: