Dog Days of Summer: Fan Fest, Signings & What’s Ahead?

The dog days of summer are upon us here in the Lowcountry. The good news? We have less than 100 days until the 2016-17 regular season gets underway. The bad news? We still have 95 days until we drop the puck. It’ll be here before we know it, but on these hot and humid summer days I think we all long for Stingrays Hockey.

It’s been a busy summer for the Stingrays. Earlier this month, we introduced Ryan Warsofsky as our Head Coach. Since then we’ve welcomed two returning players back to our lineup: Patrick Gaul and Marcus Perrier.
So what’s next for the Stingrays this summer? There is plenty to come, including a special event we are hosting on July 30. Let’s dive in.

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It’s Summer and things are HEATING UP!

It’s certainly starting to feel a lot like summer here in the Lowcountry! The temperatures are rising and the hockey world is heating up. It’s been just shy of a month since the Stingrays’ season came to a close, and now we look ahead to the 2016-17 campaign.

On all levels of hockey, there are a lot of moving parts right now. A lot these items have trickle down effects and can impact the ECHL. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on offseason news in the NHL and AHL in addition to the excitement with the Stingrays.
With that said, let’s start our engines on the offseason excitement!

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Summer is Here-Key Dates and 20 Thoughts on the Rays

 

Hello Rays fans! I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend and are having a good week thus far. After a week to reflect, it’s time to look back at the 2015-16 season and look forward to what’s ahead! Beware…this is a LONG blog with a lot more reading than I usually provide in my posts. However, we have lots of good stuff to get to as we approach the offseason.

One of my favorite blogs/articles comes from Elliotte Friedman from Hockey Night in Canada. He does a regular 30 Thoughts post that you can read HERE. In the spirit of that, I’m bringing you 20 Thoughts from myself on the Stingrays and more.

Before we get into my 20 thoughts, below are a list of several key dates for player movement and activity this summer.

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Thoughts Before Game 3 in Wheeling

Greetings from Wheeling! We’re just a few hours away from taking the ice for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. With the series tied 1-1 and two games in Wheeling still remaining later this week, tonight’s game is a big one. I’d fully expect the intensity in this series to ramp up this evening, and for us to see both teams with a little bit more wind in their sails. After a quick Morning Skate, the Rays players have spent the afternoon at the hotel getting ready for tonight’s game. There is a good feeling around the team right now and the squad is ready to put Game 2 behind them and get rolling this evening.

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Series Primer: Rays Look To Silence The Thunder

The Adirondack Thunder are in town and it’s almost time to drop the puck on the Conference Semifinals. I think we are in for a heck of a series.
We know this… the winner of the Kelly Cup will be one of these eight teams playing in the Semifinals:
Eastern Conference 
#2 South Carolina vs #6 Adirondack
#5 Wheeling vs #8 Reading
Western Conference
#1 Missouri vs #4 Allen
#2 Fort Wayne vs #6 Utah
The top team in the East, Toledo, went down in seven games to Reading. Allen kept its hopes of defending the Kelly Cup alive with a Game 7 win over Idaho last night.
In regards to the task at hand for the Stingrays, the road to the Kelly Cup is only going to get harder, and with respect to Kalamazoo, I think Adirondack is a whole new challenge for the Stingrays. I loved the way the Stingrays played down the stretch and in the opening round, so I cannot wait to get going…

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4 wins down…To the Conference Semifinals We Go!

Let the playoff beards GROW! We’re off to the Eastern Conference Semifinals after a thrilling 4-1 series win over the Kalamazoo Wings. The Stingrays played some fantastic hockey to open the postseason and there is a great deal of buzz and excitement around this team right now. We’ve been on all the news channels thanks to our great local media, and I heard many compliments from Kalamazoo fans and their media on just how strong of a team the Stingrays have.
With that said, the battle is just beginning. The Adirondack Thunder are South Carolina’s next playoff opponent with Game 1 on Friday and Game 2 Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum. (Get tickets HERE!) The Thunder are coming off a 4-1 series win over Manchester. We’re in for a fantastic Conference Semifinals series.
I’ll be back later this week to preview the series, but let’s get blogging on a hodgepodge of topics….

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Playoff Time is HERE!

As Ric Flair would say, “WOOOOO!” The best time of year is upon us. It’s PLAYOFF TIME as we start the pursuit of our fourth Kelly Cup. The Stingrays fly out to Kalamazoo Thursday as we prepare for the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series versus the Wings.

There is a lot of reason to be excited for what is ahead for this Stingrays squad. This group is deep, tough, has great goaltending, is tight knit, has great chemistry, and goes into the playoffs having not lost in regulation since Feb. 28. With that said, the playoffs are a whole new animal and the Stingrays will need to bring their A-game against a Kalamazoo team that hasn’t lost in regulation in 10 games and scratched and clawed their way to get one of the final playoff spots.

Here’s my playoff primer with more info about Kalamazoo, a look at the Rays history in the playoffs, my thoughts and much more!

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