NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays have signed an affiliation agreement with the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.
“We are extremely pleased to form an affiliation with the South Carolina Stingrays,” said George McPhee, vice president and general manager of the Capitals. “It is important for our club to develop a relationship with an ECHL team, especially one like South Carolina that has been successful on and off the ice. The Stingrays have great fan support and an impressive 11-year history, finishing with a winning record and advancing to the playoffs each year while twice capturing the Kelly Cup as the ECHL champion.”
“We expect to see a number of Washington prospects on our opening-night roster,” said Jason Fitzsimmons, head coach of the Stingrays. “The lines of communication have already been wide open between the Stingrays and the Capitals, and I am looking forward to working closely with everyone involved.
“With the competitive balance of the ECHL today, it is increasingly more difficult to win with consistency,” Fitzsimmons added. “A strong affiliation can certainly help teams at this level to have an advantage when the puck drops.”