Icy mess is amusing to Stingrays

Stingrays Kevin Quick. (Douglas Rogers/Special to the Post and Courier)

Somehow, South Carolina Stingrays captain Kevin Quick survived Snowmageddon in the Lowcountry.

Quick admitted it was touch and go for a while, but the Buffalo native found a way to endure the freezing temperatures and ice storm that all but shut down the Lowcountry for two days.

OK, so the Buffalo native is having a little fun with the Lowcountry's reaction to the wintry weather.

The city of Buffalo averages nearly 100 inches of snowfall each winter.

Still, Quick couldn't help but chuckle as he listened to Charleston natives talk about the treacherous conditions of his adopted home.

"I love Charleston and the weather is a big reason why I love it down here," Quick said. "But watching everyone's reaction, the way the media plays it up, it's pretty funny.

"I went to the grocery store the other day and there was no milk. It was like people were preparing for the zombie apocalypse."

It's been nearly six years since Quick spent a full winter in Buffalo. He's been in South Carolina the last two years, and prior to that was in Estero, Fla., with the ECHL's Florida Everblades. He's not even sure he could survive a winter in Buffalo anymore. He still has plenty of friends and family that live in the Buffalo area. His parents are still digging out of a blizzard that dropped nearly two feet of snow earlier this month.

"No question my blood has thinned since I've been down here," Quick said. "I love that when March rolls around I'm coming to the rink in T-shirts, flip flops and shorts. I talked with my parents the other day and they were telling me it's been one of the worst winters in a long, long time. They're just getting pounded."

The icy conditions forced the Stingrays to postpone Tuesday night's game against Orlando. That game will be made up on Feb. 25. The Stingrays also play Orlando at North Charleston Coliseum on Friday at 7 p.m.

"All joking aside, you want everyone to be safe," Quick said. "I understood the decision to postpone the game."

Stingrays forward Scott Campbell, a native of Havan, Ontario, said it was minus-40 degrees last week in his hometown. Canadian officials cautioned people about going out in the sub-freezing temperatures.

"Those are the kind of warnings we'll get up in Canada," Campbell said. "There is usually nothing about the road conditions. When it gets that cold, you can die pretty quickly from hypothermia if you're not dressed right. That's a much bigger concern than snowfall and the roads."

Campbell said it was rare to have school canceled because of snow.

"If it snows two feet and it's really cold, like below zero, we might miss school or go to school late in Canada," Campbell said. "I understand why the folks around here are so concerned about it. It doesn't happen very often. But it was fun to watch everyone. Everyone just kind of hunkered down and didn't go out."

That was the general reaction from most of the Stingrays, who grew up far north of the Mason-Dixon line.

The fact that the vast majority of Charleston-area motorists are not accustomed to driving in icy conditions didn't concern Campbell. His trepidation about driving in the area the last few days had more to do with who he was driving with - teammate Peter Boyd - than the conditions of the roads.

"You take your life into your own hands when Pete's behind the wheel," Campbell said with a chuckle. "That's got nothing to do with the roads."

South Carolina defenseman Brendan Rempel was traded to the Las Vegas Wranglers in exchange for future considerations.

Rempel, 22, played in 16 games with the Stingrays this season earning no points, 13 penalty minutes and held a plus-minus rating of +7.

Earlier this season, the Willington, Conn., native appeared in one contest with the Evansville IceMen.

The Stingrays are expected to sign at least two players from the now-defunct San Francisco Bulls. The Bulls folded operations on Monday, making all of their players unrestricted free agents.