NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays announced that the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League have reassigned rookie goaltender Michal Neuvirth to South Carolina.
The Stingrays are the ECHL affiliate of the Capitals of the NHL and the Hershey Bears of the American 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 second round (34th overall) by Washington in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the 20 year old has played the last two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League where he was 43-15-12 with four shutouts in 74 games with Oshawa, Plymouth and Windsor.