New South Carolina Stingrays head coach Ryan Warsofsky wanted to add a little more speed to the club’s blue line.
Enter Steve Weinstein.
The Stingrays acquired Weinstein’s rights on June 3 to complete a previous trade that sent forward Colin Mulvey to the Cincinnati Cyclones.
“We did our homework and heard a lot of great things about Steve and what kind of skater and puck mover he is,” Warsofsky said. “He’s a highly skilled defenseman that can play in all three zones, but will really help us on the power play. He’s an excellent skater and can jump into the rush. Steve should really help us in our transition game, which is going to be a major emphasis this year.”
Weinstein, 25, completed his rookie season with Cincinnati last year. He skated in 52 games with the Cyclones, scoring 22 points (three goals, 19 assists). The Los Angeles, California native also appeared in four games with the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters, whose head coach is former Stingrays star Jared Bednar. Weinstein notched one assist for the Monsters.
“I’m really excited to join the Stingrays,” Weinstein said. “When I got the call early in the summer and I found out I was involved in a trade, it was a different experience because I have never been traded. When I heard it was to South Carolina, I was excited. I’ve had teammates tell me I’ll love it, that it’s a great organization that always wins, and also that Charleston is a great place to play.”
The 5-10, 175-pound defender played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Bentley College, skating in 145 games and registering 105 points (14 goals, 91 assists). He served as an alternate captain during his senior season, and was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s (AHA) top defenseman during the 2014-15 campaign. He was a two-time member of the All-Atlantic First Team.
Prior to his time in the NCAA, Weinstein helped the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) to three straight championships.
“He’s a young guy whose knocking on the door of the American League,” Warsofsky said. “We want players that are looking to move up.”