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 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.
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.
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.
#2 South Carolina vs #6 Adirondack
#1 Missouri vs #4 Allen
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!