Stingrays Re-Sign CharbonneauAug 14, 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 Jonathan Charbonneau (pronounced SHAR-bun-no) for the 2018-19 season. Charbonneau joined the Rays late in the 2017-18 season after finishing his college career at Mercyhurst University and appeared in nine regular season contests as well as four playoff games.
The rookie immediately stepped into a big role offensively, scoring nine points on five goals and four assists, including four power play goals. Charbonneau also posted two three-point games, notching two goals and an assist in his second professional game vs. Orlando on March 25 as well as three assists in Greenville on April 6.
“I think when we got Jonathan last year out of Mercyhurst, we were able to see his offensive firepower in the nine games that he was here in the regular season,” said Stingrays President Rob Concannon. “It’s always an adjustment from college to the pro game, and hopefully with that taste of nine regular season games and the Kelly Cup Playoffs, we’ll see more of that Jonathan Charbonneau we liked during the regular season. He’s got a dynamite shot on the power play and he’s a highly skilled player with hockey sense who’s going to make other players around him better.”
Charbonneau suited up for 33 games during his senior season with the Lakers last year and scored a career-high 29 points on 17 goals and 12 assists. The native of St-Columban, Que. played in 145 games during his 4-year NCAA career, posting 102 points on 56 goals and 46 assists along with a +10 rating.
“I got a good opportunity and played a lot of minutes at the end of the season coming from college,” Charbonneau said. “Obviously it didn’t end the way we wanted; it was a quick playoff run which was a bit unfortunate, especially with the good group of guys we had. Looking back at it makes me more anxious to come back for this year.”
The 5-foot-7, 180-pound attacker was a consistent scorer during his time at Mercyhurst, totaling 19 points as a freshman before consecutive 27-point campaigns as a sophomore and junior with 16 goals and 11 assists during each season.
Before enrolling at Mercyhurst, Charbonneau played for the St. Jerome Panthers in the Quebec AAA Junior Hockey League and scored 89 points on 40 goals and 49 assists in 42 games. He also appeared in six contests with the Smiths Falls Bears in the Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL), scoring a goal and two assists.
“I’ve worked the entire summer to get ready for another big year and get a full season out of it instead of just the last month, so I’m excited,” Charbonneau said. “I know South Carolina is a great place with great fans and I’m happy to be back.”
Charbonneau is the ninth returning skater from 2017-18 and the 14th forward signed to the roster, as well as the 18h player under contract for 2018-19. 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.