ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have renewed their affiliation agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL for the 2011-12 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
“We are very pleased to extend our affiliation with South Carolina,” said McPhee. “The Stingrays are a first-class organization who give our prospects a great place to develop as professionals.”
Six Capitals prospects spent some time with South Carolina in 2010-11, as the Stingrays finished the season with a record of 37-29-3-3 under head coach Cail MacLean. MacLean, a former forward who played for both South Carolina and Hershey, is attending the Capitals Rookie Development Camp.
The 2011-12 campaign will mark the eighth consecutive season that the Capitals and Stingrays have been affiliated. South Carolina won the Kelly Cup in 2009, the same year that Hershey won the AHL’s Calder Cup.
“We are very excited to continue our affiliation with the Washington Capitals,” said South Carolina Stingrays President Rob Concannon. “Throughout the past seven seasons, we have seen many great prospects join our organization and develop into NHL-caliber players.”
Six players who have played for South Carolina are currently under contract with Washington: Sean Collins, Braden Holtby, Patrick McNeill, Michal Neuvirth, Dustin Stevenson and Dmitry Kugryshev. Of those, Collins, Holtby and Neuvirth have all appeared at the NHL level with the Capitals. Holtby began the 2009-10 season with the Stingrays and represented South Carolina in the ECHL All-Star Game, the second straight season that a Capitals goaltending prospect appeared in that game (Michal Neuvirth).