Stingrays sign Cherniwchan; Alexander for 2013-2014 season

So, I guess Stingrays HC Spencer Carbery didn’t take the July 4th weekend.

But what do you expect from someone north of the border.

Carbery signed forwards Andrew Cherniwchan and Eric Alexander. Two solid pick-ups for next season.

Here’s a breakdown of both skaters:

Cherniwchan, 24, completed his first full professional season last year with the Stingrays recording 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 50 games and was tied for the team lead with 103 penalty minutes. In four Kelly Cup Playoff contests, the Hinton, Alberta, native added one goal.

“We are looking forward to having Andrew back for his second season in South Carolina,” said Carbery. “He played a large role on our team last season, playing in all situations throughout the year. He had a solid rookie season and we expect that he will continue to progress and have an even bigger impact this year.”

After completing a four-year collegiate career at Northern Michigan University, Cherniwchan joined the Stingrays late in the 2011-12 season netting three goals in five regular-season games and three points (two goals, one assist) in eight  playoff games. In college, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward picked up 35 goals and 49 assists for 84 points in 146 games.

Alexander, 23, made his professional debut with the Stingrays late last season after wrapping up his senior year at Ferris State University. On March 28, 2013, the Kentwood, Michigan, product registered three assists in his first-ever ECHL game and buried his first professional goal in the final game of the regular season a night later.

“Eric was a player we targeted late last season out of college, who stepped right in and produced immediately,” Carbery mentioned. “He has good offensive instincts, a large frame that plays physical and has a willingness to go to the high-traffic areas of the ice. Last year’s experience should put Eric ahead of the curve and enable him to step right in and contribute next season.”

Through four seasons in the NCAA, Alexander totaled 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 124 contests. In the summer of 2011, he attended the Washington Capitals (NHL) Rookie Development Camp in Arlington, Virginia.

2 thoughts on “Stingrays sign Cherniwchan; Alexander for 2013-2014 season

  1. Yesterday’s announcement ushered in year 2 for the Capt., Kevin Quick. I concur with the thought that this year, with a core group back from last season, the start of this season ought to be more productive. As time marches on, hoping to not only hear of more returning veterans from last season, but also, the signing of an enforcer, as well as what the future will be between the pipes.

    Safe summer all

    Go Rays

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