Stingrays Swap Players With Hershey

Stingrays Swap Players With Hershey

Nov 7, 2017

The Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL) announced Tuesday that goaltender Vitek Vanecek has been re-assigned to the Hershey Bears. In addition, Hershey has announced the re-assignment of forward Kelly Zajac to South Carolina.

Vanecek was with the Rays last weekend while rehabbing an injury and played in two games, going 1-1-0 with a goals against average of 2.01 and a save percentage at 0.935. The 21-year-old netminder is beginning his third season of pro hockey in North America and has had success at both the ECHL and AHL levels.

In 2016-17, the Havlickuv Brod, Czech Rep. native had an 18-10-2 record in 39 regular season appearances with Hershey including a GAA of 2.54 that ranked third among first-year AHL goaltenders. Vanecek also had a save percentage of 0.909 and his five shutouts, which were second-best in the AHL.

Zajac dressed for two games during his weekend with the Bears, securing an assist and four shots on goal as well as a -2 rating. The 29-year-old skater has played 133 AHL games in his career including nine in Hershey a year ago where he scored seven points on four goals and three assists.

The Winnipeg, Man. native started his season with three points on two goals and an assist in four games with South Carolina. During 2016-17, Zajac suited up for 59 regular season games with the Stingrays and was second on the team in scoring with 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists). He then added 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 22 playoff outings.

South Carolina hosts the Reading Royals on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, with each game beginning at 7:05 p.m. Both games feature a Stingrays Happy Hour with $2 beers from 6-8 p.m.

2017-18 Season Ticket Packages are on sale now featuring discounted pricing and great benefits! The club’s 6-Game Plan features tickets to all the biggest games plus added benefits! For more information, fans may call the Stingrays' office at 843-744-2248 or visit

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