Colton Saucerman Returns to StingraysJul 22, 2016
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC-The South Carolina Stingrays, proud affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), have agreed to terms with defenseman Colton Saucerman, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky announced today.
“We’re happy to add Colton Saucerman to our group,” said Warsofsky. “We got to see his potential last season, and he has the tools we are looking to have on our blue line. He gets pucks out, he can play the power play, and he has a great shot. He really improved throughout the playoffs breaking pucks out and reading forechecks, and we believe he has a chance for big growth in the pro game.”
Saucerman, 24, returns to the Stingrays after joining the club late in the 2015-16 regular season and playing a key part in the club's run to the Eastern Conference Finals. The 5-foot-9 defender was signed by the Stingrays in April after a four-year NCAA career at Northeastern University. He made an immediate impact with the Stingrays, scoring a goal in his pro debut on April 2. He finished with four points (one goal, three assists) in four regular season games. In the playoffs, Saucerman skated in 15 games, notching eight points (two goals, six assists).
"I’m looking forward to being back in Charleston," said Saucerman. “Most guys coming out of college just want an opportunity to play and show what they got. I don’t think there was a better situation than the one I came into last year in South Carolina. I came in not knowing what to expect, and towards end of playoffs I was playing key minutes in key situations. That was a dream come true. You have coaches you click with, and that was apparent with both Spencer Carbery and Ryan Warsofsky. It was a no brainier in wanting to play for Ryan this season, and it’s a first class organization. We certainly have some unfinished business as well. The season cannot get here soon enough.”
Prior to joining South Carolina, Saucerman helped lead Northeastern to a Hockey East Championship and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. He was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament team and finished the season with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 40 games from the blue line. The 5-foot-9, 191-pound defenseman collected 64 points (20 goals, 44 assists) in 140 collegiate games.
South Carolina's 2016-17 season opens in October. Opening Night is October 22 versus the rival Greenville Swamp Rabbits! 2016-17 Season Ticket Packages are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! Fans may join us for a Select-A-Seat event at Fan Fest on Saturday, July 30 at the North Charleston Coliseum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will also feature a game-used equipment sale and up to 75% off merchandise, plus special appearances from Ryan Warsofsky, Spencer Carbery, and Stingrays Hall of Famer member, Jared Bednar! For more information, fans may call the Stingrays' offices at 843.744.2248 or visit StingraysHockey.com.