Well, just when you thought it was OK to go over to a Stingray practice. … forward Andrew Cherniwchan was called up to the Providence Bruins today.
I was getting ready to do a feature on Cherniwchan for Saturday’s paper, but in the middle of the interview, he got a call from Providence and suggested that I might want to consider someone else.
Hate it when that happens.
Certainly Andrew has been playing well of late, being named the ECHL’s Player of the Week, on Tuesday, and it’s nice to see guys get rewarded for hard work and success. This was a guy who was having a tough time cracking the lineup when the season started, so it shows what hard work and a little success can do for a player.
That makes eight Stingrays to get called up to the AHL, five in the last two days, since Nov. 11 when Chris Langkow was called up to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
They are, Andrew Cherniwchan (Providence), Steve Spinell (Providence), Scott Campbell (Providence), Jack Downing (Providence), Jordan Owens (Hamilton), Chad Painchaud (Norfolk), Scooter Vaughan (Bridgeport) and Chris Langkow (Bridgeport).
That’s a huge chunk out of the Stingrays lineup. If the Rays can continue to win, this is a team that will make some serious noise in the playoffs.
But at this rate, the Stingrays will not be able to put a team on the ice.
Here’s some more info on Andrew Cherniwchan from our own Joey Z.
Cherniwchan, 24, scored eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in 17 games with the Stingrays this season including four goals and two assists in his last two contests, earning him ECHL Player of the Week honors. The Hinton, Alberta, native joined the Stingrays at the end of the 2011-12 campaign and totaled 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists) in 72 games. Prior to turning pro, Cherniwchan completed a four-year collegiate career at Northern Michigan University picking up 84 points (35 goals, 49 assists) in 146 games.