These days, former Stingrays defenseman Andy Powers helps coach the Boston Junior Bruins.
Name: Andy Powers
Year(s) with Stingrays: 2001-2004
Jersey Number: 11
Nickname: “Ace.” It was given to me when I arrived in
Charleston . I had been called much worse things.
Boston, Mass. but accepting offers!
Spouse: My beautiful wife, Stephanie
Children: One son,
Jackson , 2. We also have one on the way that’s due in December.
Working in sales for a software company. I cover the East Coast and deal with some accounts in and around the
Charleston area. I also help coach with the Boston Junior Bruins, a select junior hockey team. In my three years of coaching we have won three regular season titles and two play off championships.
What are your fondest Stingrays memories?
A lot of off-ice stuff with the team but on ice would be my first game. I had not played in a few months and was a shy bit overweight and almost collapsed during pre-game skate. The game went to a shootout and I was able to wobble down there and score to win it against
Reading . Also, fighting Dennis Vial and getting into a fight during Ric Flair Night, doing the “Nature Boy” dance to the penalty box.
Do you still keep in contact with any of your former Stingrays teammates?
Yes. Dave Seitz, Jeff Boulanger and I have been collaborating on workout videos for twenty-something's to stay fit. Marty Clapton and I have started a campaign to officially declare the Boston Red Sox America's team. Also, Chris Wheaton is my personal off shore banker headquartered in the Bahamas. Also, I bump into Jimmy Lorenz and Robin Gomez in chat rooms online. That's pretty scary.
What do you miss the most about your playing days in
South Carolina ?
Charleston. My wife and I also say it would be so nice to live their year round, especially when there is a snow storm up here. I also miss the people involved with the Rays from my teammates to the coaches, owners, fans. Everybody was so great.
I guess my only regret would be not winning a championship there. Also my segment on the weekly TV show should have been longer. I actively campaigned to get rid of the other segments so Ace's Place could grow. My three years in
Charleston with the Stingrays were terrific there is not much I would have changed.
Wish you could change anything about your time here?
I wish it could have been longer. I also would have marketed my TV show to go national. I think there is a real audience out there for Ace's Place.
Anything you’d like to say to Stingrays fans who might read this?
Thank You. The Stingrays fans were great to me and all of the guys. It was great to be part of the Stingrays and the fans are obviously a big part of it.
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