The South Carolina Stingrays have resigned forwards Andrew Cherniwchan and Eric Alexander for the 2013-14 season.
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 said Stingrays head coach Spencer 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 recording three goals in five regular-season games and three points (two goals, one assist) in eight playoff games.
Alexander, 23, made his professional debut with the Stingrays late last season after wrapping up his senior year at Ferris State University. In his first ECHL game, Alexander had three assists and added 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 said. “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 at Ferris State, 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.