South Carolina Announces Multiple TransactionsFeb 16, 2017
The South Carolina Stingrays, proud National Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals and American Hockey League affiliate of the Hershey Bears have announced multiple transactions Thursday afternoon before three home weekend games coming up with the Manchester Monarchs and Adirondack Thunder.
In a swap with the Bears, forward Kelly Zajac has been recalled to Hershey while defenseman Steve Weinstein has been released from his professional tryout contract and returned to South Carolina. The Stingrays have also announced a trade with the Allen Amercians for forward Patrick Megannety (pronounced meg-ANN-it-ee) in exchange for future considerations.
Zajac is the Stingrays’ leading scorer this season with 46 points (10 goals, 36 assists) through 48 games. The Winnipeg, Man. native is in his second year with South Carolina after joining the team midway through the 2015-16 season. The forward put up 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 21 regular season games last season before becoming a force in the playoffs with 18 points (three goals, 15 assists).
The 28-year-old is no stranger to the AHL, having played 122 career games between the Albany Devils and the Manitoba Moose. Zajac’s best professional season came with Albany in 2013-14 as he recorded 44 points on 12 goals and 32 assists. Before turning pro, Zajac spent four seasons with Union College in the NCAA, finishing his junior and senior years with back-to-back 42-point seasons.
Weinstein returns to South Carolina after playing in five games with Hershey and picking up two assists to go along with a +3 rating. A native of Los Angeles, Weinstein has suited up for 32 games on the blue line with South Carolina this season and is the scoring leader among defenseman with 19 points (three goals, 16 assists).
The 26-year-old is in his second professional season after spending most of 2015-16 year with the Cincinnati Cyclones and appearing in 52 games with 22 points (three goals, 19 assists). Weinstein played college hockey for Bentley University from 2011-15 and finished his career with the Falcons after 145 games with 105 points (14 goals, 91 assists).
Megannety becomes the newest member of the Stingrays after suiting up for the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) for 26 games this season. The forward has totaled 15 points on eight goals and seven assists during his rookie year.
A rookie out of Oakville, Ont., Megannety started his year with the Allen Americans, playing in one game. He spent four seasons at Clarkson University from 2012-16, playing in 142 games and totaling 57 points (22 goals, 35 assists). At the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, Megannety signed with the Brampton Beast and scored one goal in eight games. The 24-year-old will wear No. 23 with South Carolina.
Single-game tickets for the 2016-17 season are on sale now at the North Charleston Coliseum Box Office and ticketmaster.com.
Ticket packages and Groups of 10 or more are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits. Saturday’s game is Military Appreciation and Pack The House featuring all tickets for just $10! For more information or to place an order call the Stingrays front office at 843-744-2248 or stop by 3300 W. Montague Ave. Suite A-200 during business hours.
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