Shea, 26, will be entering his fourth pro season after appearing in 64 ECHL games with South Carolina last season while adding three AHL games in Hershey. The Harrison Township, Mich. native logged career highs, and led Stingrays’ defensemen, with 24 assists and 29 points while leading South Carolina with 180 penalty minutes.
Shea enjoyed a four-year collegiate career with Bowling Green State University and finished in 2012-13 leading Falconss defensemen with 16 assists and 20 points in 40 games. He was also named to the CCHA All-Conference Second Team before making his pro debut appearing in four regular-season games with Reading and capturing the 2013 Kelly Cup championship in his first pro playoff appearance.
In 2013-14, Shea skated in 19 games with Toledo and added 29 games with Rockford during his AHL debut. Shea again split 2014-15 between the ECHL and the AHL, logging 36 games with Wheeling and 24 AHL games with Hamilton. Shea comes to Fort Wayne with ECHL totals of 44 points (9g-35a) and 312 penalty minutes in 123 games.