Rays Sign Forward Christian HornAug 3, 2018
The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have agreed to terms with forward Christian Horn for the 2018-19 season. Horn is set to begin the third season of his professional career and is coming off a 30-point campaign with the Norfolk Admirals, scoring 14 goals and 16 assists in 44 games.
“I thought South Carolina would be a great home to start a new path in my career,” Horn said. “It was a hard decision to leave my coaches in Norfolk and I greatly appreciate the opportunity they gave me as a player, but I think it was better for me to move forward and start a new chapter where it’s a little more demanding and I need to prove myself. I’m walking into a new challenge and I have to be the best player I can be to not only move myself forward but to help this team succeed.”
The Plymouth, Minn. native has played 66 ECHL games over the last two seasons split between Norfolk and the Rapid City Rush, scoring 39 points on 16 goals and 23 assists. He has also spent time with the Pensacola Ice Flyers, Fayetteville FireAntz and Peoria Rivermen in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), accounting for 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 31 games overall.
“Christian is a third-year player that we were able to get this summer who put up some good numbers last year in Norfolk,” said Stingrays President Rob Concannon. “He’s a skilled player that will hopefully be able to add a little fire to our lineup from a goal-scoring perspective and help on the power play and other key situations. We’re excited to have him and we think that he’ll add some offensive punch to our lineup.”
Horn, 25, measures 5-foot-11, 185-pounds and began his professional career after playing collegiately at St. Lawrence University in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) from 2014-16. The forward had 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 62 contests during two seasons.
“I think it was tough for me to land a spot coming out of college,” said Horn. I didn’t play my best hockey in college and I needed to find a way to get back to my hockey and how I could play. I was very fortunate to be called up by Robbie Ftorek and Peter Sidorkiewicz in Norfolk. I just tried to soak it all in and become a better hockey player and it made me feel like I was getting back to the hockey that I know how to play.”
“I needed to prove myself to the league and other coaches in other leagues that I still deserve to be playing hockey and that’s also my big draw to South Carolina. Last year I guess you could say I was the missing puzzle piece to our top line and we really started to take off, but now that I’m a year older with another year under my belt of working out, getting better and training, it’s time for me to become a leader and step into a stronger, more independent role where I’m not relying on two linemates for my points. I wanted to force that out of myself instead of getting it out of two people. Regardless, you always want to have good linemates, but you also want to challenge yourself every year.”
Horn also previously played with the Tri-City Storm and Sioux Falls Stampede in the United States Hockey League (USHL) during the 2013-14 season, scoring a total of 47 points on 23 goals and 24 assists in 50 games split between the two clubs. In 2012, he won a Minnesota High School State Championship while playing for Benilde St. Margaret’s.
While it will be a new team for the attacker, he won’t have to get used to all his teammates. Horn has been working out and training daily with forward Bo Brauer and is also very close with defender Tim Davison, both of whom have already signed on for the 2018-19 year.
“Davison caught wind of it and texted me to say, ‘if you don’t sign here, we can’t be friends’,” Horn said with a laugh. “I talked to Bo about it because there were a few other teams that did call. But when I started talking to them, I realized how much fun it would be to play with those two and already be comfortable with two guys that you know pretty well. Bo and I just started to get to know each other with workouts this summer and Davison lived with my best friend from high school in college so I met him a few years back. The more I thought about it and we talked, it got to a point where I didn’t want to let my buddies down either.”
Horn’s signing gives South Carolina 12 forwards under contract for 2018-19 and 15 skaters overall. More player signings are expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
The 26th season of South Carolina Stingrays hockey begins in Jacksonville against the Icemen on October 13. The Stingrays will open their home schedule vs. Greenville on Saturday, October 20.
Season tickets are on sale now! For more information or to purchase, contact the Stingrays by phone at 843-744-2248 or visit 3300 W. Montague Ave. Suite A-200 during business hours.