DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings signed right wing Kent McDonell, who began his professional career with Dayton of the ECHL.
The Toledo Storm is the ECHL affiliate of the Red Wings and of Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League.
In his rookie season in 2001-02, the 6-0 and 200-pound McDonell scored 25 points (16g-9a) in 28 regular season games while also appearing in three Kelly Cup Playoffs games for the Bombers. He also played with Syracuse of the American Hockey League in 2001-02 scoring six points (3g-3a) in 32 regular season games and one point (1g-0a) in three postseason games.
In 2004-05, the 26-year-old McDonell had six points (2g-4a) and 21 penalty minutes in five games with the Aylmer Blues and 13 points (4g-9a) and 57 penalty minutes in 19 games with Duisburg EV.
McDonell played in both the NHL and the AHL in 2003-04, scoring three points (1g-2a) in 29 games with Columbus and 48 points (17g-31a) in 51 games with Syracuse. Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the ninth round (225th overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round (181st overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, McDonell was acquired by Columbus from Detroit for a sixth round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He has scored three points (1g-2a) in 32 career NHL games and 123 points (52g-71a) in 227 career AHL games.