NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays announced that they collected 1,329 stuffed animals for The Salvation Army at their 10th Annual Live 5 Teddy Bear Toss for Debi’s Kids on Dec. 5.
The Stingrays are the ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and Hershey of the AHL. The head coach of the Capitals is Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award. Former ECHL coach and player Bob Woods, who led Hershey to the AHL championship in 2009, is an assistant coach for Washington while Arturs Irbe, who played in the ECHL in 2003-04, is the goaltending coach for the Capitals. The head coach of Hershey is former ECHL assistant coach Mark French and the assistant coach of the Bears is former ECHL coach Troy Mann.