South Carolina Adds Forward Bo BrauerJun 21, 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 Bo Brauer for the 2018-19 season. The native of Edina, Minn. will begin his professional career with the Stingrays after completing a 4-year stint career at the University of Notre Dame that included back-to-back trips to the NCAA’s Frozen Four in 2017 and 2018.
“We’ve tracked Bo through his senior season at Notre Dame and into his college playoffs,” said Stingrays Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky. “He’s a team guy that brings a lot of energy and does whatever you ask. He’s very coachable, has great size and skates well for a bigger guy. We think getting him into the pro game will tap into more of his potential.”
“I’m just really excited and optimistic to keep trying to play a big power forward game,” Brauer said. “I think my style of game can fit really well especially for the Stingrays so I’m excited to see what I can contribute to the team.”
Brauer, who measures 6-foot-3 and 210-pounds, totaled collegiate career-highs in games played and scoring with the Fighting Irish during his senior season, appearing in 35 games and posting eight points on five goals and three assists to go along with 38 shots on goal and a +2 rating. Brauer was in the lineup for both the team’s 4-3 victory over Michigan in the National Semifinal on April 5 as well as the 2-1 loss to Minnesota Duluth in the National Championship game on April 7 and scored a goal in the Big Ten Tournament Championship win over Ohio State on Mar. 17.
“You have a guy that has experience, who has played in some important hockey games and knows what it takes to play at the highest level,” Warsofsky said. “He’s coming from a really good, well-coached program and has that experience we’re looking for. I know the pro game is different, but we think he can really help our team with that experience factor of playing in some important hockey games.”
Over the last four years, Brauer has seen action in 64 games and scored 13 points on eight goals and five assists with 43 penalty minutes and a +5 rating. The 23-year-old was also honored with the Charles "Lefty" Smith Coaches Award by the team’s staff at the conclusion of his senior year.
“All of my conversations with Coach Warsofsky have been super upbeat, trying to get to know each other, feeling out the strengths and weaknesses of my game and seeing what kind of role I can fit on the team,” Brauer said. “We’ve talked about trying to play a big game like I did in college, being physical and getting nosey and grindy in the corners. Being able to dish pucks out to guys in front of the net and being able to take pucks to the net myself too.”
Before arriving in South Bend, Brauer played junior hockey with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) during the 2013-14 season, scoring 35 points in 56 games on 19 goals and 16 assists.
“I’m just really excited for the opportunity and it’s one of those things where I was really close to winning championships the last two years in the NCAA and it’s a bitter taste when you can’t pull through,” said Brauer. “I really think I can help bring a championship to South Carolina. It’d be awesome to be part of something special.
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.