Forward Cammarata Joins StingraysSep 15, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have agreed to terms with forward Taylor Cammarata for the 2017-18 season. A former 3rd round NHL Draft Pick of the New York Islanders in 2013 (76th overall), Cammarata will begin his professional career in South Carolina after completing a four-year collegiate career at the University of Minnesota.
"Taylor is a player we kept our eye on this summer,” said Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky. "He is a highly offensively skilled player, someone we will look to for offense and will help our power play. He has a pedigree of putting up points and hopefully, he can help us win and with that will come individual success.”
Cammarata, 22, played 149 career games with the Golden Gophers from 2013-17 and collected 93 points on 25 goals and 68 assists. The Plymouth, Minn. native was a member of four consecutive Big Ten regular season championships, as well as a B1G Tournament title in 2015.
“I’m really excited for the next chapter in my career,” Cammarata said. “It’s kind of a new beginning for me outside of college and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Coach Warsofsky, the city and the whole community. I’m really looking forward to playing there.”
Before enrolling at Minnesota, Cammarata excelled in junior hockey with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The skilled forward racked up 162 points in 119 games, including a 93-point season during 2012-13 that won him multiple awards including the league’s Player of the Year. Cammarata’s point and goal (38) totals were the most in the USHL that season, and earned him USA Hockey’s Junior Hockey Player of the Year award and a selection to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
The 5-foot-7, 161-pound winger also said he’s excited to shift his focus to being a full-time hockey player.
“It should be a good new experience for me starting my career in South Carolina and I’m excited for the whole aspect of pro hockey,” Cammarata said. “My whole life I’ve always been doing both hockey and school so now focusing on just hockey should be a lot easier for me and more fun.”
Cammarata’s addition gives South Carolina 23 players under contract for the 2017-18 year.
The Stingrays open their 25th anniversary season at the North Charleston Coliseum on Oct. 20 against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at 7:05 p.m.
2017-18 season packages are on sale now through the Stingrays office featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! For more information, call 843-744-2248.
Photo Credit: University of Minnesota Athletics