Rays D Scooter Vaughan called up to Bridgeport; Rays trade for Bodie

OK, so as I blogged earlier in the day, the Stingrays have had a couple more transactions.

The biggest news is that defenseman Scooter Vaughan was called up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Couldn’t be happier for Scooter, who came in last season, and has done nothing, but work his butt off to become a better player.

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Rays D Scooter Vaughan called up to Bridgeport.

“It’s one of the most gratifying calls I’ve made as a head coach,” said Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery. “Scooter and I had a long conversation this summer about getting up to the American League and we both felt like his best avenue was going to be as a full-time defenseman. He’s embraced it and really worked so hard to get this opportunity. I couldn’t be happier for Scooter. It stinks we’ve got to lose him, but Bridgeport is getting a great player and an even better human being.”

Scooter will join Chris Langkow on the Sound Tigers roster.

Meanwhile, the Stingrays added another forward trading for San Francisco forward Kyle Brodie. Brodie and Wayne Simpson played together at Union College.

Bodie, 25, dressed in nine games with the Bulls and seven contests with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) earlier this season totaling three points (2 goals, 1 assist). Currently in his first professional season, the East St. Paul, Manitoba, native skated four seasons at Union College where he had 85 points (28 goals, 57 assists) in 122 games and helped the Dutchmen win the ECAC Championship in 2012 and 2013. During their senior seasons, Simpson finished first on the team in scoring with 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) while Bodie went second with a collegiate career-high 33 points (9 goals, 24 assists).

Vaughan, 24, has eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 20 games with the Stingrays this season. The Placentia, California, native skated in 50 games with the Stingrays last season adding six goals and 14 assists for 20 points and registered 75 penalty minutes. Langkow, 24, was loaned to the Sound Tigers on November 14 and has two assists in 12 contests.

As a rookie in 2011-12, Vaughan appeared in 20 games with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL totaling six points (1 goal, 5 assists). Prior to turning pro, he attended the University of Michigan for four seasons picking up 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) in 137 games and helped the Wolverines capture CCHA Championships in 2008 and 2010.

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3 thoughts on “Rays D Scooter Vaughan called up to Bridgeport; Rays trade for Bodie

  1. Andrew, do you expect all of these call up’s to be long term? if not all, then who do you expect could be back fairly soon.
    thanks

  2. Great for Scooter!!! 7 guys in the AHL at one time; that has got to be a first for the Rays maybe even the ECHL. Thankful we have great goaltending!!!

    • Better not say that too loudly, JR! Fortunately I don’t think there are any goalie injuries currently in the AHL / NHL. Our goalies have carried us thus far and hopefully they will continue to get that opportunity.

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