Rays Announce Signing of Flegel, Guerriero, SpenceJul 28, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, announced three signings Friday, agreeing to terms with defenseman Jake Flegel as well as tryout agreements with goaltenders Carmine Guerriero and Daniel Spence.
Flegel is entering his third season of professional hockey after spending his previous two years with the Knoxville Ice Bears in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The 6-foot-4, 216-pound blue liner has accounted for 14 points in each of the last two seasons while playing in a total of 91 regular season games.
“I’ve heard nothing but great things about Charleston and the North Charleston Coliseum,” Flegel said. “I bring a consistent hard work ethic. I love to work hard and I love to battle and compete. I take pride in every minute in the defensive zone, I finish checks and box guys out in front of the net. My goal every shift and every time I’m on the ice is to outwork every other guy on the ice.”
Before turning pro, the 25-year-old native of Ajax, Ont. played two seasons of college hockey at the Division III level with Adrian College. In two years Flegel suited up for 38 games and scored 10 points (two goals, eight assists). Previously Flegel also played junior hockey for the Chatham Maroons of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) and the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).
Guerriero recently completed his collegiate career at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where the 6-foot, 174-pound goalie started 72 games during four seasons from 2013-17. The native of Montreal, Que. found success during his sophomore season, posting a goals against average of 2.56 and a save percentage at 0.928 in 29 appearances. The 25-year-old played junior hockey with the Hawkesbury Hawks of the Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL) for two seasons from 2011-2013 and won the league’s Best Goaltender award in his second year.
Spence, 29, played seven games in the ECHL during the 2014-15 season split between the Utah Grizzlies, Colorado Eagles and Ontario Reign. The native of Langley, B.C. spent parts of five years from 2004-08 with the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League (WHL), as well as 54 games during the 2008-09 season with the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
The Stingrays’ roster for 2017-18 now sits at 13 players including eight forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. More player signings are expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
South Carolina opens its 25th anniversary season in front of their home fans 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.