Stingrays sign affiliation agreement with Boston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – After eight consecutive seasons of affiliation with the Washington Capitals the Stingrays announced an affiliation agreement for the 2012-13 season with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.   Washington had earlier signed an affiliation agreement with the Reading Royals in a move to improve the geographic proximity between the Capitals, their American Hockey League affiliate the Hershey Bears and their ECHL partner.
 
Stingrays’ Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations said in the team’s news release that “ We are very pleased to be affiliated with such a quality organization that has a first class reputation. We look forward to working with the Bruins organization, while doing everything we can to help their prospects develop in South Carolina.”
 
The Bruins become are the fifth NHL affiliate in Stingrays history.   The change was a bit of a switch in that Reading and Boston had a working agreement last season.   The Bruins roster includes former ‘Rays’ player Rich Beverley a member of the Bruins’ 2010-11 Stanley Cup win.    The Providence Bruins serve as Boston’s AHL affiliate.
 
“It is a very exciting time,” added Stingrays President Rob Concannon . “We are going into a new era of Stingrays hockey and we are very excited and proud to be affiliated with the Boston Bruins.”   S outh Carolina will commence its 20th season in the ECHL in October.
 
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