The captain is back.
The Stingrays signed team captain Matt Scherer for the upcoming season, which is scheduled to start next month.
Scherer, who was named the franchise's seventh captain in January, generated a career-high 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points in 65 games last season and registered three points (1g, 2a) in five Kelly Cup playoff contests.
But the former University of Connecticut star's worth can't be solely measured with statistics.
"Matt has the ability to raise our team's work rate through his example," said Stingrays head coach Cail MacLean. "His consistent hard play is key, but it is leadership and selflessness that make him indispensable. He is another veteran player that we expect to play a critical role in establishing and maintaining our identity."
Scherer, 28, said he had planned on signing with the Stingrays all along.
"Cail and I have been talking all summer, so it was never a question of if I was coming back," Scherer said. "At this point in my career, it's about winning championships. We won a couple of years ago and now it's time to get another.
"Each day it seems like Cail is signing another quality player. I really like the make-up of our team."
Scherer said it took him a few weeks to recover from the Stingrays' loss to eventual ECHL champs Cincinnati in the opening round of last season's Kelly Cup playoffs.
"It was one of the hardest-hitting series I've ever been a part of," Scherer said. "I felt like we had a chance to make a pretty deep run in the playoffs, so to lose in the opening round was really disappointing."
Since joining the Stingrays as a rookie for the 2007-08 season, Scherer has recorded 79 points (40g, 39a) in 189 games and 11 goals and six assists in 41 postseason matches.