Rays' Godfrey stellar in all-star showcase

Josh Godfrey

Anyone who has played with or against South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Josh Godfrey knew he had a hard slap shot.

They just didn't know how hard.

Godfrey set a new ECHL All-Star Skills competition mark Wednesday night when his slap shot was recorded at 102.7 mph.

He broke the old record of 102.2 mph set by former Gwinnett defenseman Jon Awe.

"We've known all along that Josh has an NHL-caliber shot," said South Carolina coach Cail MacLean said. "He's got one of the hardest shots I've seen, so this wasn't a huge surprise."

Godfrey recorded an assist and was a plus-3 in helping lead the ECHL All-Stars past the Bakersfield All-Stars, 9-3, during the ECHL All-Star Classic in Bakersfield, Calif.

Stockton Thunder rookie forward Mark Arcobello scored three goals to earn the game MVP honors.

"It was a pretty cool event, I had a great time," Godfrey said. "There wasn't a whole lot of defense being played out there, but it was a fun game to play in. The slap shot record was totally unexpected. I didn't even know what the record was. I was just trying to do my thing out there."

The Stingrays open a six-game road trip tonight against Cincinnati. The Stingrays' next home game will be Feb. 11.

C of C inductees

Former men's basketball star Marion Busby, women's basketball standout Natalie Seel and volleyball star Claudia Fann are the three inductees for 2011 in the College of Charleston Athletic Hall of Fame.

They will be honored at a reception Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. in the McAlister Hospitality Suite at Carolina First Arena.

Busby (1991-95) was a prolific guard who led the Cougars to their first NCAA tournament berth in 1994 under coach John Kresse. He ranks eighth all-time in career scoring with 1,504 career points and second all-time in career 3-pointers made (220).

He was a one-time Trans America Athletic Conference player of the year.

Seel (1990-'94), a Charleston native, was part of a Cougar team that made the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I status. The former guard was an All-TAAC selection who scored 1,449 career points.

Fann was an outside hitter for the Cougars from 1991-94, Fann earned Trans America Athletic Conference player of the year honors in 1994.

For (TAAC) First-Team All-Conference selection in 1993 and her 1,449 career points still ranks 11th all-time and second in the CofC Division I record books.

The Charleston native ranks second in several CofC NCAA Division I records including three-point field goals made (191), scoring average (13.6).