Still trying to figure out why it took so long to make this announcement, but defenseman Kevin Quick was named Stingrays team captain last night.
I thought perhaps Hunter Bishop or maybe even Matt Beca would have been under consideration. I know Beca would have been a long shot because he was just acquired in a trade, but no doubt the Rays are better when he’s in the lineup.
That’s not to say that Quick wasn’t the right choice, I think he was. Kevin has become a more vocal leader as the season has progressed.
No good news on the injury front. All six guys with concussions are not expected to be back for the weekend. The closest one is Tyler Johnson. Outside shot he could play this weekend, but it’s 50-50 at best.
Providence has gotten a couple of players back from the NHL. Will be interesting to see if the Rays don’t get a player.
Here’s some info on the new captain from Joey Z:
Quick, 24, skated in 51 games with the Stingrays scoring one goal and 12 assists for 13 points. Last season, the Buffalo, New York, native helped the Florida Everblades (ECHL) capture their first Kelly Cup Championship last season appearing in 34 regular-season contests earning 10 assists and 16 postseason games netting a goal and three assists for four points. A third-round (78th overall) draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2006, Quick appeared in 173 games over three seasons with their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, registering 34 points (one goal, 33 assists). On January 13, 2009, he made his NHL debut with the Lightning and skated in six total contests earning one assist.
Forward Shawn Weller started the season as team captain before his ECHL rights were traded to the Stockton Thunder in exchange for defenseman Cam Brodie and future considerations on January 25.