Rays ink NHL affiliation deal with Bruins

Former South Carolina Stingray Rich Peverley celebrates after scoring one of his two goals for the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. The Stingrays have a new affiliation agreement with the Bruins, a source said Tuesday, July 24. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The South Carolina Stingrays have signed a National Hockey League affiliation agreement with the Boston Bruins.

A source with knowledge of the deal confirmed the agreement to The Post and Courier Tuesday afternoon. An official announcement about the new affiliation is expected Wednesday or Thursday, the source said.

For the past eight years, the Stingrays had been affiliated with the NHL’s Washington Capitals. The Capitals signed an ECHL affiliation agreement with the Reading Royals in early July.

The Bruins were affiliated with Reading last season.

Rich Peverley, who played for the Stingrays during the 2004-05 season, played for the Bruins this past season and helped lead Boston to a Stanley Cup title in 2011.