The South Carolina Stingrays and Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Andrew Cherniwchan and resigned forward Eric Alexander. In keeping with club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Cherniwchan, 24, completed his first full professional season last year with the Stingrays recording 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 50 games and was tied for the team lead with 103 penalty minutes. In four Kelly Cup Playoff contests, the Hinton, Alberta, native added one goal.
"We are looking forward to having Andrew back for his second season in South Carolina," said Carbery. "He played a large role on our team last season, playing in all situations throughout the year. He had a solid rookie season and we expect that he will continue to progress and have an even bigger impact this year."
After completing a four-year collegiate career at Northern Michigan University, Cherniwchan joined the Stingrays late in the 2011-12 season netting three goals in five regular-season games and three points (two goals, one assist) in eight playoff games. In college, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward picked up 35 goals and 49 assists for 84 points in 146 games.
Alexander, 23, made his professional debut with the Stingrays late last season after wrapping up his senior year at Ferris State University. On March 28, 2013, the Kentwood, Michigan, product registered three assists in his first-ever ECHL game and buried his first professional goal in the final game of the regular season a night later.
"Eric was a player we targeted late last season out of college, who stepped right in and produced immediately," Carbery mentioned. "He has good offensive instincts, a large frame that plays physical and has a willingness to go to the high-traffic areas of the ice. Last year's experience should put Eric ahead of the curve and enable him to step right in and contribute next season."
Through four seasons in the NCAA, Alexander totaled 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 124 contests. In the summer of 2011, he attended the Washington Capitals (NHL) Rookie Development Camp in Arlington, Virginia.
The Stingrays kick off their 21st season of hockey in the Lowcountry on Saturday, October 19 against the defending Kelly Cup Champion Reading Royals at 7:35 p.m. in Reading, Pennsylvania and celebrate Opening Night at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, October 26 against their in-state rivals, the Greenville Road Warriors, at 7:05 p.m.