The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have agreed to terms with forward Jake Kamrass for the 2018-19 season. The Atlanta native will start his first full professional year with the Stingrays after signing with the team in March and suiting up for 12 regular season games and four playoff contests at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.
“I’m forever grateful that the Stingrays brought me on board,” Kamrass said. “Coach Warsofsky and Bergin gave me the opportunity to be successful coming out of college and I wanted to take the ball and run with it. I’m ready to get back in front of the fans and give them what they’ve been waiting for all summer.”
During his short stint with the club, Kamrass posted 14 points with five goals and nine assists to go along with a +7 rating. The forward excelled while adjusting to the professional game and had four multi-point efforts, registering a point in nine of his 12 regular season appearances.
“We’re really excited to welcome Jake back,” said Stingrays Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Spiros Anastas. “He’s a really good power forward who plays a north-south game and is really gritty in front of the net. Obviously, I lean heavily on Steve Bergin who was here last year and he likes his style of play. He thinks Jake can be a big producer for us coming into his full rookie season so we’re excited to see how he develops through this year. He’s a great kid who is very keen on learning and developing and we think he’s a prototypical Stingrays player so he’s going to fit in nicely with what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Kamrass concluded his collegiate career at UMass-Lowell last season before turning pro, suiting up for 36 games during his senior season while scoring 12 points on five goals and seven assists. The 24-year-old played in 111 total NCAA contests with the Riverhawks from 2014-18 and piled up 46 points on 24 goals and 22 assists while helping lead his squad to Hockey East regular season and tournament championships in 2017.
“Playing those games at the end of the year, you gain a lot of experience in a short amount of time,” Kamrass said. “I want to bring a leadership presence to the team, be a guy that can be relied on night in and night out and hopefully we can all be pulling the same rope.”
“I think he’s a little bit mature beyond his years,” Anastas said of Kamrass. “He’s very inquisitive, asks lots of questions and is always willing to learn. I think there’s lots of room for growth in terms of the leadership he brings, but the biggest step we’ll see from him is his impact on the ice. He’ll lead by example with his work ethic and grittiness and we’re excited to see what he brings to the table.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound winger also previously played three seasons with the Topeka Roadrunners in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) from 2011-14, enjoying his best year during 2013-14 with 59 points on 24 goals and 35 assists in 60 games.
The 26th season of South Carolina Stingrays hockey begins in Jacksonville against the Icemen on October 13. The Stingrays will open their home schedule vs. Greenville on Saturday, October 20.
Season tickets are on sale now! For more information or to purchase, contact the Stingrays by phone at 843-744-2248 or visit 3300 W. Montague Ave. Suite A-200 during business hours.