By Andrew Miller
The Post and Courier
Mike Ross nearly didn’t make it to South Carolina.
After averaging almost 30 goals a game during his first two pro seasons with the ECHL’s Columbus Chill, Ross was traded to the South Carolina Stingrays just a few days before the end of training camp in October of 1995.
Like a lot of young professionals, Ross was initially shocked about the trade and gave some serious consideration to hanging up his skates for good.
“I had 60 points each of my first two seasons with Columbus. I thought I’d had two pretty successful seasons and that I’d proven myself,” Ross said. “When I first heard about the trade I was like, ‘that’s it, I’m done.’ I’m going to go out and get a real job.”