North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays entered into an affiliation agreement with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, President Rob Concannon and Capitals Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
“We are excited to be back with Washington and the Hershey Bears for the upcoming season,” said Concannon. “We are extremely happy with our meetings with Washington and Mr. MacLellan and the direction all three teams are heading. We look forward to working with and developing their young prospects.”
“We are pleased to announce our ECHL affiliation with the South Carolina Stingrays,” MacLellan said. “The Stingrays are a great organization and they were terrific partners with us during our previous affiliation. We are looking forward to our prospects being able to grow and develop with a first-class organization. We would like to thank the Reading Royals and their fans for their support during the past two seasons.”
Nine players who skated for the Capitals last season have played in the ECHL, including former Stingrays goaltenders Philipp Grubauer and Branden Holtby. Grubauer was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team while playing for South Carolina in 2011-12, and Holtby represented the Stingrays at the 2009-10 ECHL All-Star Game.
The Stingrays reached the ECHL playoffs in seven consecutive seasons and was previously affiliated with the Capitals for eight seasons from 2004-12. The Stingrays won the Kelly Cup in 2009, the same year Washington’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, won the AHL’s Calder Cup.