Hershey Signs McNeill, MacMillan, Maxwell

HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed left wing/defenseman Grant McNeill, center Malcolm MacMillan and right wing Tommy Maxwell.

The South Carolina Stingrays are the ECHL affiliate of the Bears of the AHL and the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.

Selected in the third round (68th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-2 and 214-pound McNeill was second in the ECHL with 254 penalty minutes and had seven points (3g-4a) in 63 games for Wheeling in 2006-07 while also playing in the AHL where he had two penalty minutes in two games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The 24-year-old has played in the ECHL each of the past three seasons and has 12 points (4g-8a) and 488 penalty minutes in 118 games with Florida, Texas and Wheeling.

The 5-foot-11 and 190-pound MacMillan led the ECHL with 270 penalty minutes and had 35 points (10g-25a) in 66 games with Reading in 2006-07 while also playing in the AHL where he had two penalty minutes in two games with Albany and two penalty minutes in four games with Hershey. The 24 year old has played three seasons in the ECHL and has 78 points (25g-53a) and 611 penalty minutes in 189 games with Cincinnati, Pee Dee, Peoria and Reading.

The 6-foot-2 and 200-pound Maxwell led ECHL rookies and was eighth overall in the league with 213 penalty minutes for Phoenix in 2006-07. The 21 year old had 13 points (5g-8a) in 53 regular season games for the RoadRunners and two points (1g-1a) and four penalty minutes in four Kelly Cup Playoff games.

The head coach of Hershey is Bruce Boudreau while the assistant coach is Bob Woods. Boudreau is the first coach to win both the Calder Cup in the AHL and the Kelly Cup, having led Mississippi to the ECHL championship in 1999. Woods was a player/assistant coach for Mississippi from 1998-2001 and was head coach of the Sea Wolves from 2001-05.