North Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays and Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today that forward Matt Pope has been called up to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
Pope, 27, is tied for 10 in the ECHL with 19 points (7g, 12a) in 15 games with the Stingrays this season and is tied for first in the league with seven power-play points (4g, 7a). The Langley, British Columbia, native skated in one game with the Bears this season recording no points. 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 and Hershey, Pope saw time in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose (2008-10) and Binghamton Senators (2008-09) totaling 27 points (11g, 16a) in 108 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.
The Stingrays return to action on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 against the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. Friday is Teacher Appreciation Night, Nature Night with a special appearance from Smokey Bear and $5 Beer! Bring a stuffed animal to the game on Saturday for the Stingrays’ annual Teddy Bear Toss benefiting Debi’s Kids and the Salvation Army. When the Rays score their first goal, throw your stuffed animal on the ice! Saturday is also a Charleston County Recycling Night, green rally towel giveaway and free parking night! The Stingrays will be skating on green ice for both games!
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