It appears the Bruins won’t be disrupting an organizational system that’s been working pretty close to perfectly over the last three years. The South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League and the B’s have renewed their affiliation agreement for the second consecutive season.
Stingrays head coach and director of hockey operations Spencer Carbery announced that the organization has renewed its affiliation agreement with Boston, and the National Hockey League.
“I’m very excited about renewing the affiliation with the Bruins for the upcoming season,” said Carbery. “From working with them last season, it was very evident why they are considered a first class organization in the NHL. I’m looking forward to continuing to build on our already strong relationship.”
Bruins prospects Tommy Cross, Tyler Randell, Adam Morrison and Jared Knight all made appearances in a Stingrays uniform last season, and former Bruins forward Rich Peverley played in South Carolina for several seasons prior to cracking the NHL. The Stingrays kick off their 21st season of hockey in the Lowcountry on Saturday, October 19 against the defending Kelly Cup Champion Reading Royals.
South Carolina will continue to act as a "AA" developmental league below the AHL’s Providence Bruins in the ECHL, a league that counts Peverley, Jonathan Quick, Jay Beagle, Braden Holtby and Michael Ryder among others as former players, and had a record 87 alumni on Opening Day NHL rosters in 2013.