ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Patrick McNally on a contract for the 2020-21 season.
McNally returns to North America for his sixth season of professional hockey after splitting time last year in the Slovak Extraliga between HK Nitra and MAC HKB Újbuda, collecting 37 points (4g-33a) and 76 penalty minutes in 55 games.
The 28-year-old has played in 94 career games in the American Hockey League with the San Jose Barracuda, amassing 18 points (4g-14a) and 47 penalty minutes. McNally has also generated 24 points (12g-12a) and 43 penalty minutes in 29 career ECHL games in his lone season with the Worcester Railers in 2017-18, when he led Worcester’s blue line in scoring despite playing in less than half the season.
Prior to turning pro, the Glen Head, New York native played college hockey at Harvard University, where he helped the Crimson capture the ECAC title in 2015 and was named to the conference’s Second All-Star Team. McNally produced 60 points (14g-46a) and 68 penalty minutes in 82 career games for Harvard.
McNally was a fourth-round selection (115th overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.