Matt Mangene Signs On For Fourth Season in Cedar Park

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
The Texas Stars added to their experience on the backend this afternoon as they announced the signing of Matt Mangene to an AHL contract. Mangene has played for Texas over the past three season, often being called upon to play as a forward during more sparse roster stretches. He is on the official roster as a defenseman and quarterbacks the power play quite often regardless of where he plays at even strength that night.

Defensemen under contract and expected with Texas now include Gavin Bayreuther, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Ludwig Bystrom, Niklas Hansson, Dillon Heatherington, Chris Martenet, Brent Regner and Matt Mangene. Shane Hanna will likely head to Idaho unless he can push past those players.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Thursday the team has signed defenseman Matt Mangene to an AHL contract for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Mangene, 28, returns for his fourth season in Cedar Park. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound blueliner tallied 27 points (8-19=27) in 66 games for the Stars. In his three previous seasons in Texas, Mangene (MAN-jeen) has appeared in 143 games with 54 points (13-41=54).

The Manorville, N.Y. native has competed in 245 AHL games in his career with Texas, the Adirondack Phantoms and Bridgeport Sound Tigers with 71 points (21-50=71).