Stingrays Acquire Derek Arnold In Trade With Monarchs

Stingrays Acquire Derek Arnold In Trade With Monarchs

Mar 6, 2017

The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, completed a trade Monday to acquire forward Derek Arnold from the Manchester Monarchs in exchange for defenseman Colton Saucerman.

Arnold, a 27-year-old native of Foxboro, Mass., has 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) in 53 games with the Monarchs this year. The forward also appeared in 42 ECHL games during the 2015-16 season with Manchester and scored 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists).

“We’re familiar with Derek, and have played him a few times this year,” said Stingrays head coach Ryan Warsofsky. “He’s a guy that can score and be a top-six forward that we’ve needed here for the last few weeks to add to our depth and help us score some goals.”

Arnold is in his third professional season after playing four collegiate years at UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East from 2010-2014. The 5-foot-8, 172-pound forward played 154 NCAA games with the Riverhawks and scored 98 points (43 goals, 55 assists). Arnold helped UMass-Lowell capture a Hockey East regular season and tournament championship along with a run to the Frozen Four in 2013 and helped the Riverhawks to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2012-14.

The forward has appeared in a total of 14 games in the American Hockey League, all coming during the 2015-16 season. Arnold spent four games with the Ontario Reign, five games with the Portland Pirates and five games with the Charlotte Checkers.

During the 2014-15 season, Arnold played professionally in Norway for Lillehammer, scoring 45 points (21 goals, 24 assists) in 45 games. Before attending college, Arnold was a member of the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League (USHL) for two seasons from 2008-10. In his second year in Waterloo, Arnold was honored as the USHL’s Curt Hammer Award winner, given to a player who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, pride and determination.

Saucerman has played in 42 games with the Stingrays this season, scoring 23 points on two goals and 21 assists.

“This was a tough move for us to make,” Warsofsky said. Colton’s a really good kid and he works extremely hard so it wasn’t easy. This is one of the hardest things about my job is trading someone that’s really good in the community and is a great kid and I think he’s going to a really good spot in Manchester with great coaches that’s a great place to play and I think his development will keep getting better and better.”

The blueliner joined South Carolina late last season after finishing his collegiate career with Northeastern University and had four points (one goal, three assists) in four ECHL regular season games before appearing in 15 Kelly Cup Playoff contests and tallying two goals and six assists.

South Carolina returns home to the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, March 11 to face the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m.

Single-game tickets for all Stingrays games during 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. The first 2,000 fans through the doors on March 11 will receive a Joe Devin Bobblehead! 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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