North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays and head coach Jason Fitzsimmons announced today that defensemen Marc Busenburg and Viktor Dovgan, right winger Stephen Werner, and goaltender Daren Machesney have been recalled to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
Busenburg, 29, split his time between the Stingrays and the Bears this year playing 35 games at the ECHL level and 27 games at the AHL level. With South Carolina, the 6’1”, 190-pound Worcester, Mass. native had 20 points on five goals and 15 assists and just 20 penalty minutes. In Hershey, Busenburg had three points on three assists.
Dovgan, 19, was a seventh round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and played his first year of professional hockey with the Stingrays this season. The Moscow, Russia native, at 6’2”, 202-pounds, had 11 points (5g-6a) and 95 penalty minutes in 56 games with South Carolina.
Another player who split his time this season between the Stingrays and the Bears was right-winger Stephen Werner. Werner, a native of Chevy Chase, MD, played 26 games with South Carolina in his rookie year scoring 17 points (10g-7a). The 6’1”, 210-pound Werner had six points (3g-3a) in 24 games with Hershey.
Machesney, in his rookie year, was 5-8-2 with the Stingrays this season with a 3.30 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage. The Lambeth, Ontario native was 3-3-1 with the Bears this season and had a 3.18 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage. Machesney, 20, was a fifth round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Busenburg, Dovgan, Werner, and Machesney will join the Hershey Bears as they finish up their regular season on the road with games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Binghamton Senators, and the Philadelphia Phantoms.
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