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Grubauer Honors Capitals, Stingrays and Germany with New Mask

12/15/2011 2:26 PM -

North Charleston, SC – South Carolina Stingrays goaltender and Washington Capitals prospect Philipp Grubauer will step onto the North Charleston Coliseum ice for tomorrow’s contest against the Gwinnett Gladiators with a colorful piece of new equipment, his Capitals/Stingrays themed mask.

“It’s the best mask I’ve ever had,” said Grubauer. “I told the designer that he could do anything he wants and it turned out great.”

Click here to see Grubauer's mask.

The mask features the Capitals eagle logo “flying” through the clouds on one side and the Stingrays logo “swimming” on the other. The only requirement Grubauer made was that his home country, Germany, was represented on the back plate.

“I always want to represent my country,” he said. “The German and Bavarian flag are always on the back along with a cross.”

Grubauer, a fourth-round draft pick (112 overall) by the Capitals in 2008, is 10-3-1 with the Stingrays this season and ranks third in the ECHL with a 1.84 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. The 2011-12 season marks the eighth consecutive season the Stingrays and the Capitals have been affiliated.

The Stingrays return to the North Charleston Coliseum Friday, December 16 against the Gladiators at 7:05 p.m. for Toys for Tots presented by Count on News 2. Unwrapped toy donations will be accepted at the Stingrays Customer Service table behind section 110. Albert the Juggler will be performing during Friday’s contest and Santa Claus will make special appearances all weekend (December 16, 17 and 18)!

The Stingrays and Chase After A Cure are teaming up to fight neuroblastoma on Saturday, December 17 against the Gladiators at the North Charleston Coliseum. Chase After a Cure Night tickets are available for $15 with a portion of the proceeds going back to fight neuroblastoma. Visit the Chase After A Cure website, or click here for more information and to order tickets. Saturday is also Sing for Santa Night and free parking!

The Stingrays host the Greenville Road Warriors at the North Charleston Coliseum on Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m. on Kid’s Day. All kid’s tickets are $5! Meet Blue from Blue’s Clues, play in real snow outside the new Montague Terrace during Snow Day presented by Yard Icing and stay after the game for postgame autographs with the entire team!

Save up to $310 off of box office prices with a Stingrays Ticket Package! Call the Stingrays Office at (843) 744-2248 for more information. Become a “Fan” of the Stingrays on Facebook at and join the conversation on Twitter at Stingrays Hockey – Hard-Hitting Family Fun!

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