South Carolina coach Spencer Carbery was looking to get a little more offensive on the Stingrays’ blue line.
The Stingrays added an offensive-defenseman on Friday when they signed former Colgate University star Jeremy Price.
“One of the points of emphasis this summer was to get our defensemen more involved with our offense,” Carbery said. “I thought we lacked that offensive punch from our blue line a little bit last season. I know Jeremy is going to help us out a lot.”
Price, 23, enters his first full professional season after completing a four-year collegiate career at Colgate University, totaling 76 points (19 goals, 57 assists) in 149 games. Price, a fourth-round pick (113th overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in 2009, recorded 20 points in each of his last two seasons at Colgate. He had six goals and 14 assists in 36 games as a senior.
“We got onto Jeremy late because we had heard he was going to sign with an AHL team and possibly get an NHL deal,” Carbery said. “This is a huge pick-up for us. Jeremy is a high-end defenseman with a ton of skill and he’s really going to help us on the back end and especially on our power play.”
Following his senior season, the Milton, Ontario, native signed an amateur tryout contract with the Chicago Wolves, of the American Hockey League and skated in five games, recording one assist. Price recently attended training camp with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Stingrays will hold their first practice Monday morning at the Carolina Ice Palace beginning at 10 a.m. The Stingrays will open their 21st season on Oct. 19 at Reading and will have their home opener on Oct. 26 against Greenville at the North Charleston Coliseum.