A Chat With New Assistant Coach Steve Bergin

Steve Bergin Blog

Last week, Steve Bergin was hired as the Stingrays new Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations. The three-time SPHL champion just finished his playing career in Pensacola and will join Ryan Warsofsky on the bench this season.

I had a chance to catch up with Bergin to chat about his hiring and his excitement to come to South Carolina to start his coaching career. Take a listen to clips from our interview below.

Bergin is familiar with South Carolina and told me what he knows about the area, thanks to teammates.


Ryan Warsofsky and Bergin haven’t worked together before, but the two have crossed paths many times. Bergin explains.


Winning three titles in five pro seasons, Bergin has enjoyed success and played under great coaching. He spoke about what he’d take from the coached he played under and how he’d bring that behind the bench himself.


Bergin spoke about the player he was on the ice and how he will utilize that behind the bench.


Lastly, I asked Bergin about the coming weeks and months as he gets set to join the Stingrays.

Bergin will arrive in the Lowcountry soon as the Stingrays prepare for their 24th season in the Lowcountry. 2016-17 Season Ticket Packages are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! For more information, fans may call the Stingrays’ offices at 843-744-2248 or visit StingraysHockey.com.

Summer Signings, Assistant Coach Update, Front Office Updates & MORE!

Can you believe it’s the middle of August already? Summer is going FAST..but when it’s not hockey season, it’s never fast enough. We’re at the point where the countdown is on, and the last few weeks have been HUGE for the South Carolina Stingrays. From big announcements to player signings of key returners and new faces, these pieces of news have made all of us optimistic for the 24th season of Stingrays Hockey.

With the amount of excitement lately, I felt it was a great time to check in with a new blog…first let’s start with some news that you can expect in the coming weeks…
Continue reading

The Best Affiliation & Checking in with the Voice of the Capitals, John Walton



There is not a better affiliation in the ECHL than what the South Carolina Stingrays have with the Washington Capitals. I’m sure many teams will say they have a great affiliation, but I firmly believe the partnership the Stingrays and Capitals have is second to none. The good news there? The Capitals extended its affiliation agreement with the Stingrays for two more seasons earlier this year.

The Capitals, who won the President’s Trophy as the NHL’s top regular season team, are lead by superstar Alex Ovechkin and by Vezina Trophy Winner, and former Stingray, Braden Holtby. It was my honor to be joined last week by John Walton, the Voice of the Capitals, to discuss the summer so far, the organization, the team’s prospects, and just how special this affiliation is.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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!

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading