UMass' Hanley Signs PTO With Portland Pirates
March 12, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass hockey defenseman Joel Hanley, who recently completed his collegiate career with the Minutemen, has signed a professional tryout contract (PTO), with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, the organization announced on Wednesday morning.
"It all happened so fast, one phone call," said Hanley. "It will be a different game than playing at UMass in Hockey East, but I'm prepared to make the necessary adjustments and do whatever I can to help the team."
Hanley, a native of Keswick, Ontario, appeared in 131 games over his four years with the Maroon & White and totaled 75 points on 17 goals and 58 assists, to go along with 119 career blocks.
One of the top point-producing defensemen in program history, Hanley finished his career fourth all-time for a UMass blueliner with 75 points and 31st in career scoring overall. Hanley is tied for 15th all-time in assists, tied for 17th in the record book for career power-play goals with 11 and sixth for career power-play points with 40.
As a senior in 2013-14, Hanley finished seventh on the team in scoring with 16 points (2g, 14a) and was one of nine players to see action in all 34 games.
Hanley becomes the 24th former Minuteman currently playing professional hockey as UMass has alumni in the professional ranks around the globe in nine different countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Among the group, there are five former Minutemen currently playing in the NHL. Hanley becomes the third in the AHL, joining former teammates Conor Allen and Danny Hobbs.