Whitney returns to Stingrays

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals and American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, have agreed to terms with forward Steven Whitney for the 2018-19 season.

Now entering his sixth professional season, Whitney finished second on the Stingrays with 54 points (18g-36a) in 59 games during 2017-18. The Reading, Massachusetts native had a flair for the dramatic last season, scoring four game-winning goals including two in overtime, as well as three shootout-winning goals which tied him for the ECHL league lead.

The 27-year-old has put up 125 points (49g-76a) in 150 career ECHL games while playing for the Stingrays, Norfolk Admirals and Florida Everblades. Whitney also suited up for Norfolk during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons when the club was a member of the AHL, scoring 27 points (13g-14a) in 73 contests.

Before turning pro, Whitney had a standout collegiate career at Boston College from 2009-13, helping the Eagles to two National Championship titles in 2010 and 2012. He finished with 128 points (55g-73a) in 160 collegiate games. Whitney was also a member of three Hockey East Tournament championship teams (2010, 2011, 2012) and helped win a Hockey East regular-season title in 2012. He was named to the NCAA’s All-Tournament team after the championship in 2012 and to the Hockey East’s First Team in 2013. Whitney also served as an assistant captain during his senior season in 2012-13.