South Carolina Stingrays

ice hockey team

The South Carolina Stingrays are an American professional ice hockey team. They began playing in 1993. The team plays in the ECHL. They play their home games in North Charleston, South Carolina at North Charleston Coliseum. They are the ECHL affiliate for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are also the affiliates for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL).

South Carolina Stingrays
CityNorth Charleston, South Carolina
Home arenaNorth Charleston Coliseum
ColoursNavy blue, red, white, silver
Head coachBrenden Kotyk
AffiliatesWashington Capitals (NHL)
Hershey Bears (AHL)
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1993–presentSouth Carolina Stingrays
Regular season titles1 (1996–97)
Division titles7 (1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2022–23)
Conference titles6 (1997, 2001, 2009, 2015, 2017, 2021)
Kelly Cups3 (1997, 2001, 2009)

The team was started in 1993 by Joseph Scanlon. It would later be sold to Edwin Pearlstine, Jerry and Anita Zucker, Harvey Nathan and Lynn Bernstein.[1] The team was first going to be named the South Carolina Sharks but didn't want to be sued by the San Jose Sharks. They decided to change the name to the South Carolina Stingrays.[2]

On October 19, 1993, the team would play their first game as the South Carolina Stingrays. They would be defeated by the Roanoke Express 5–4 in overtime.[3]

The team would be successful during the 1996–97 season. They finished with 45 wins, 15 losses, and 100 points and would make it all the way to the Kelly Cup finals. They would win their first Kelly Cup after defeating the Louisiana IceGators four games to one.[4] The Stingrays would win Kelly Cups in the 2000–01 and 2008–09 seasons.[5][6]

On June 26, 2014, the Stingrays and the Washington Capitals announced their affiliation.[7] The Stingrays were previously affiliates with the Boston Bruins.[8]

References change

  1. "Local group approved to buy 'Rays Hometown Hockey". Post and Courier. Retrieved February 4, 2024.[permanent dead link]
  2. "A team that the Stingrays can hate". Post and Courier. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  3. "Roanoke Express". Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  4. "Stingrays Monumental Moment: 1997 Kelly Cup Finals". South Carolina Stingrays. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  5. "That's All, Folks: Titans eliminated from Kelly Cup finals". The Trentonion. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  6. "Stingrays win the Kelly Cup 4-2". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  7. "Capitals announce affiliation with ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  8. "Stingrays enter affiliation with Boston Bruins". WSCS. Retrieved February 4, 2024.

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