Patrick Gaul signs with Stingrays

The Stingrays get their first signing of next season when forward Patrick Gaul resigned for the 2013-14 ECHL season.

Certainly Patrick was a fan favorite. His work ethic was second to none and he threw his body around like a guy much bigger than he was. Patrick certainly will be a solid third-line guy for the Rays next season.

“We are extremely excited as an organization to have Patrick back in South Carolina,” said Stingrays coach Spencer Carbery. “He was a great addition to our group last year and brought a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the rink every day.”

After beginning his rookie season with the Mississippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) last season, Gaul, 23, played in 33 regular-season contests with the Stingrays. Gaul scored six goals and added four assists for 10 points. In four Kelly Cup playoff games, the Pittsburgh, Penn., native registered one assist. In Mississippi, Gaul had 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 31 games.

“I’m really excited to be coming back,” Gaul said. “It was a long and strenuous season last year moving around, getting cut a couple times and moving from league to league. It will be nice to head back to a place where I like the coach, the coach likes my playing style, the fans appreciated the way I play and I understand what is asked of me.”

6 thoughts on “Patrick Gaul signs with Stingrays

  1. Andrew,

    Good first signing announcement. Patrick was indeed a fan favorite, one who gave it all, sacrificed his body while ignoring the obvious fact he’s short in stature. Acknowledging my sounding like a broken record, let’s hope Spencer can add some size to the squad to provide the obvious “protection” lacking last year.
    Go Rays

  2. I loved the way he played; never quit attitude. He wasn’t afraid to go in the corners against the big boys like Reynolds from G’ville or Donald who played with Gwinnett but since has been traded to Orlando. He collected a few not so friendly elbows during the year.

  3. Patrick’s signing shows the direction of this year’s team and I like it! If Scooter, Jeff , and four or five guys from last year’s team can be signed, the Rays will be off and running on the right foot.

  4. Andrew,

    Good first signing announcement. Patrick was indeed a fan favorite, one who gave it all, sacrificed his body while ignoring the obvious fact he’s short in stature. Acknowledging my sounding like a broken record, let’s hope Spencer can add some size to the squad to provide the obvious “protection” lacking last year.
    Go Rays

  5. Fielded this over on the Stingrays fans Facebook page but haven’t gotten any bites yet; figured I’d try it here:

    What do you guys think of our system’s goalie depth? If Rask and Khudobin stay in Boston, do you think there’s a chance we’ll see Malcolm Subban next season? Or will he bump Hutchinson or Svedberg (more likely Hutchinson, just based on last season’s numbers) down from Providence?

    Looks like right now, Rask is RFA, Khudobin is UFA, Hutchinson is RFA, Svedberg has 1 year left on his entry-level contract, and Subban has 3. Rask had a $3.5 million cap hit in 2013 while Khudobin was substantially lower at $875K. Boston only has $5.8 million in cap space for the upcoming season.

    Out of the guys not on Boston’s roster, Subban hits for $1.5 million, Svedberg for $1 million, and Hutchinson for $850K. Do you think we’ll see some shuffling and potentially some trades here?

    Seeing as Ference and Jagr won’t be returning to Boston next season (Ference specifically cites the need for cap space to re-sign Rask), it looks like Rask at least is a guarantee. I wonder how the rest of our goalie lineup will pan out.

    • Forgot…Boston also has 2 years left on Morrision’s EL contract. So that puts us with potentially 6 goalies in the system. Something’s gotta give somewhere.

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