NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays announced that goaltender Bobby Goepfert has been called up to the American Hockey League by the Hershey Bears.
The Stingrays are the ECHL affiliate of the Bears of the AHL and the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. The head coach of Washington is Bruce Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, while the head coach of Hershey is Bob Woods, who coached Mississippi for four seasons from 2001-05. Boudreau was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award. Woods was an ECHL All-Star selection four times and retired as the ECHL all-time leader with 599 games played. He was named to the Second Team Defense on the ECHL 15th Anniversary Team in 2003, and was named Second Team Defense on The Hockey News’ 50th Anniversary All-ECHL Team in 1997.
Selected in the sixth round (171st overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 25 year old was 16-15-1 with three shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.60 and a save percentage of .912 in 33 regular season games with Augusta as a rookie in 2007-08.