Stingrays Re-Sign Mike Chen, Add Cam MacDonaldJun 25, 2018
The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have agreed to terms with defenseman Mike Chen and forward Cam MacDonald for the 2018-19 season.
Chen returns to the Rays for his second professional year after earning a call-up with the team in February and appearing in 11 games. The blueliner accounted for four points on two goals and two assists along with seven penalty minutes during his time with South Carolina.
“It was my first taste of the ECHL and I just happened to be in the best place to play,” said Chen. “Everyone says if they could choose one place to go based on both hockey and location, South Carolina is the place to be. Just on the hockey side of things, you see what Coach Warsofsky has done in the past two years with taking the team to the finals and then breaking all the records for best defense and it’s a reflection of how he keeps recruiting good players and the core group of guys coming back.”
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound defender began his season with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), playing in 46 games with 29 points on six goals and 23 assists. Chen, 25, also had 43 penalty minutes and a +8 rating.
“When it comes to pro hockey, it’s not just the hockey you have to worry about,” Chen said. “You have the community, how you present yourself and how you interact with fans. Everything is a bit more magnified so I think the first year, coming from college, you don’t have to worry about that stuff too much but coming back for my second season, it’s nice coming in and having a gist of what’s going on.”
A native of Rockville, Md., Chen played collegiately at Salem State College for three seasons from 2014-17, scoring 29 points on 11 goals and 18 assists while suiting up for 70 games. He also spent one year at Concordia University during the 2013-14 season, playing in 17 games while tallying three assists.
“This was my #1 spot to come back if I were to play in the ECHL and I’m relieved and happy that it all worked out,” Chen said. “Now I can focus on training in the summer and get after it next year. Having my first year under my belt, I can hit the ground running instead of having to play catch-up.”
MacDonald will begin his professional career with the Stingrays in the fall after completing four years at Colby College where he posted 77 points on 33 goals and 44 assists in a total of 103 games.
As a senior in 2017-18, MacDonald suited up for 30 games and scored 26 points while leading the team with 16 goals. The 22-year-old is a native of Westford, Mass. and is the son of Mules’ head coach Blaise MacDonald, who has been behind the bench at Colby for the past six seasons.
South Carolina now has four players under contract for the 2018-19 year including recent signees Matt Pohlkamp and Bo Brauer.
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.
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