Canadiens Sign Joel Hanley

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Canadian-born defenceman Joel Hanley to a one-year contract. This contract is two-way and he is expected to spend the 2015-16 season with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

hanleyJoel Hanley
Age: 24
Keswick, ON, Canada


Joel Hanley is an undrafted defenceman who chose to go the root of NCAA hockey in the United States rather than play Major Junior in Canada. He was selected in the 9th round (180th overall) of the 2007 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection by the London Knights. Hanley did not play a game with the Knights. The Columbus Blue Jackets has given Hanley a shot at their player development camp in the past.

After a few more years with the Newmarket Hurricanes in the OPJHL, OJHL, and CCHL, Hanley enrolled at UMass (Amherst) in the NCAA to play college hockey. Hanley played 131 games with UMass (Amherst). In his college career, he recorded 17 goals and 58 assists for 75 points (0.57 points per game).

After his senior year, Hanley signed a contract with the Portland Pirates – the American Hockey League affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes. The defenceman recorded 22 points in 78 games with 40 points and a +3 plus/minus rating in a little over one season with the Pirates. Despite playing the vast majority of the 2014-15 season in the AHL, he did play three games with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL.

The NHL two-way contract rather than an AHL two-way contract is a little questionable since it will count against the 50 player limit, but it is only a one-year deal.

Left-shot defencemen in the Montreal Canadiens system now look like this:

Andrei Markov——–36—— Through 2016-17
Alexei Emelin———-29—— Through 2017-18
Nathan Beaulieu——22—— Through 2016-17
Jarred Tinordi———23—— Restricted Free Agent
Mac Bennett———-24—— Through 2015-16
Joel Hanley————24—— Through 2015-16
Simon Bourque——–18—— Awaiting Entry Level Contract

Below is Joel Hanley’s statistics throughout his hockey career:



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