NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Cherniwchan for the 2017-18 season. Cherniwchan has played 119 regular-season games for the Stingrays in his career, spending time in South Carolina during parts of five seasons from 2011-17.
Cherniwchan, 28, first joined the Stingrays towards the end of the 2011-12 season and has scored a total of 84 points (37g-47a) in his ECHL career. He also has 20 points (10g-10a) in 34 postseason appearances, including 16 points in 22 playoff games last year. Despite a shortened 2016-17 campaign due to injury, the Hinton, Alb. native had 29 points (11g-18a) in 36 games.
During the 2015-16 season, he played in 55 games for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League ), accounting for eight points (4g-4a). His time in the AHL has included 134 regular-season games with Providence and the Springfield Falcons, scoring 36 points (17g-19a).
Before turning pro, Cherniwchan played for Northern Michigan University in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association for four seasons from 2008-12. During his collegiate career, he scored 84 points (35g-49a) in 146 games. In 2009-10, he helped lead the Wildcats to an NCAA Tournament appearance and a fourth-place finish in the CCHA league standings. The forward also served as an alternate captain for NMU during his senior season.