Stingrays dropped by Washington, look for new NHL affiliate
The South Carolina Stingrays began looking for a new National Hockey League affiliate Monday after the Washington Capitals ended an eight-year relationship, dropping the ECHL team for a tie closer to home. Capitals officials phoned the Stingrays last week to say they had signed a deal with the ECHLís Reading Royals.
Reading, Pa., is a better fit for Washington, which has an American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, Pa.
ďItís been a great eight years with the Capitals,Ē Stingrays President Rob Concannon said. ď(Stingrays head coach) Spencer Carbery and I will definitely explore all options, and weíve already been in contact with a couple of NHL teams.Ē