North Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays and Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today that forward Matt Pope has returned to the team from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
Pope, 27, appeared in one game with the Bears recording no points. The Langley, British Columbia, native is tied for 14 in the ECHL with 17 points (6g, 11a) in 13 games with the Stingrays this season. Pope is also tied for second the league in power-play assists (7) and leads the ECHL in power-play points (4g, 7a). Last season, Pope skated in 55 games with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) netting four goals and seven assists for 11 points. In addition to San Antonio, he saw time in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose and Binghamton Senators totaling 27 points (11g, 16a) in 107 games.
Selected as a starter for the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game in Reading, Pennsylvania, and named to the 2009 ECHL All-Rookie Team, Pope began his professional career with the Bakersfield Condors (2008-09) recording 63 points (30g, 33a) in 54 contests. He also skated with the Condors during the 2009-10 campaign burying four goals and four assists for eight points in six games. Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward spent four seasons at Bemidji State University earning 71 points (33g, 38a) in 143 games.
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