The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have announced their season-opening roster Thursday in advance of the 2018-19 regular season.
In addition, the team has completed a trade with the Maine Mariners to acquire defenseman Chris Leone in exchange for forward Luke Stork.Leone, who was acquired by Maine in a trade with the Cincinnati Cyclones earlier this week, has played a total of 110 ECHL games during the last three seasons with four different clubs. The 26-year-old blueliner appeared in a career-high 68 regular season games last season with Cincinnati, scoring 21 points on five goals and 16 assists. A native of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Leone has also spent time with the Toledo Walleye, Manchester Monarchs and Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
The defender, who measures 5 feet 11 inches and 198 lbs., played NCAA hockey in his home state for Adrian College from 2012-16, where he amassed 71 points (24g, 47a) in 109 career games.South Carolina signed Stork in early August. The attacker is beginning his rookie professional season after a four-year career at Ohio State University from 2014-18. He appeared in two games with the Stingrays during the preseason.The Stingrays also signed defenseman Cameron Bakker to a standard professional contract Wednesday. Bakker had been with the team during the preseason on a try-out agreement.
The Rays’ roster consists of 12 returning members from the 2017-18 season and eight rookies. Four players are on AHL contracts with Hershey.
South Carolina Stingrays 2018-19 Season Opening Roster
Forwards (14):Cameron AskewGrant BesseBo BrauerJonathan CharbonneauAndrew CherniwchanSam FiorettiPatrick GaulTim HarrisonChristian HornJake KamrassTad KozunPatrick MegannetyMatt PohlkampNick Roberto
Defensemen (8):Cameron BakkerMike ChenTim DavisonChris LeoneJohn MacLeodKevin McKernanJoey LeachMarcus Perrier
Goaltenders (2):Parker MilnerAdam Morrison
Click here to view a PDF copy of South Carolina’s Season Opening Roster.The 26th season of South Carolina Stingrays hockey begins in Jacksonville against the Icemen on Oct. 13. The Stingrays will open their home schedule vs. Greenville on Saturday, Oct. 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.