The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe penned a superb profile of Toledo Walleye goaltender Pat Nagle:
When Toledo Walleye goaltender Pat Nagle started his pro career, he set the bar high. As a rookie in 2012, Nagle won two league championships. Nagle helped lead the Florida Everblades to the ECHL’s Kelly Cup. That same season, he also was a part of the Norfolk Admirals’ American Hockey League title team.
“I came away with two rings and had a pretty fun summer after my first year,” Nagle said, chuckling. “I was pretty spoiled. I didn’t realize how good I had it. I haven’t been too close since.”
But Nagle, who is in his seventh season, has made the playoffs every year of his career and has amassed 147 wins.
“Knock on wood, I’ve made it to the second round every year,” Nagle said. “It’d be fun to go on a run again.”
Nagle has provided a steady and confident presence in net for Toledo this season. Nagle, a 30-year-old native of Bloomfield, Mich., came to the Walleye from Toledo’s arch-rival Fort Wayne in the offseason.
Walleye coach Dan Watson said he gives his team a chance to win every night.
“His yearly records show he is a winner, and that is done through daily preparation, good habits, and having the will to win,” Watson said. “He provides confidence in our players every game he starts.”