Stingrays Name Steve Bergin Assistant CoachAug 17, 2016
The South Carolina Stingrays, proud affiliate of the Washington Capitals, announced today that Steve Bergin has been hired as the club's new Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations.
"We're really excited to have Steve join us," said Stingrays Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky. "He comes highly recommended through the hockey community. We took some time on this hire because we wanted to make sure we got the right person. We believe we did, and now we're excited Steve is joining us. He has a winning pedigree. I'm excited to start working with him."
Bergin, 28, spent the last five seasons with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The former defender just finished his playing career, and moves behind the bench with the Stingrays after leading the Ice Flyers to three SPHL titles in the last five years, including a President's Cup Championship during the 2015-16 season. Bergin collected 64 points (11 goals, 53 assists) in 217 professional games with the Ice Flyers, compiling a +53 rating. He also notched 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 30 career playoff games.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity and I'm excited to work with Ryan," said Bergin. "I've always wanted to stay in hockey after my playing career ended and I knew I wanted to coach. When this tremendous opportunity came available, and when that door opened, I jumped right through it. I know a bunch of guys who have played in South Carolina. I've never met anyone who said anything bad about the organization or city. It's a great town and South Carolina has had a lot of recent success so it seemed like a good fit all-around."
Prior to turning pro, Bergin played four seasons of NCAA Hockey at the University of Connecticut, scoring 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 131 career games. Bergin is a product of Lawrence Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins and is a native of Groton, Massachusetts.
The Stingrays' 24th season in the Lowcountry starts on October 22. 2016-17 Season Ticket Packages are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! For more information, fans may call the Stingrays' offices at 843-744-2248 or visit StingraysHockey.com.