Stingrays Re-Sign Fan-Favorite Patrick GaulJul 8, 2016
The South Carolina Stingrays, proud affiliate of the Washington Capitals, have re-signed forward Patrick Gaul, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky announced today.
"It was a no-brainier to bring Patrick Gaul back," said Warsofsky. "He was one of the first guys I wanted to get signed. He is a huge part of our organization both on the ice, and off the ice in the community. He is a fan-favorite, and does all the little things well. He is a huge part of our leadership group and we're excited to have him back."
For the fourth straight year, Gaul is South Carolina's first signing of the off-season. The Pittsburgh, PA native returns to the Lowcountry for his fifth season with South Carolina. Gaul served as an alternate captain for South Carolina during the 2015-16 campaign, and scored 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 47 games. He also notched two assists in three playoff games.
"I'm extremely excited to be back," said Gaul. "I don't think there is a better place to play in the ECHL. I love the ownership and Rob Concannon. Spencer Carbery was great to play for, and I have no doubt Ryan Warsofsky will do a great job taking over. It's like family here for me. I'm excited to get going as I had a couple of bad bounces with injuries last year. It seemed like right when we were getting rolling I kept getting hurt. With that, I'm excited to get back at it and spend more time on the ice than in the stands this season."
Gaul earned a promotion to South Carolina from Mississippi of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) during the 2012-13 season. In 210 career games with South Carolina, Gaul has registered 87 points (35 goals, 52 assists) to go along with a +43 rating. Additionally, he has played a key role on South Carolina's penalty kill which has finished first in the ECHL for two straight seasons. Gaul, who played his collegiate hockey at Notre Dame, is very active in the Lowcountry community. He was the winner of the 2015 Jerry Zucker Community Service Award.
"When you love where you are playing or working, it's easy to go out, be a part of the community, and help make people's lives better," said Gaul. "Charleston gave my hockey career a second chance, and I feel grateful to go out in the community here and help make a difference."
South Carolina's 2016-17 season opens in October. Opening Night is October 22 versus the rival Greenville Swamp Rabbits! 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.