Rays ink Painchaud

The South Carolina Stingrays added a powerful punch to their lineup as they signed high-scoring forward Chad Painchaud for the 2013-14 season.

Entering his eighth professional season, Painchaud, 27, has 285 points (120 goals, 165 assists) in 306 ECHL contests with Gwinnett, Bakersfield, Victoria, Reading and Chicago.

A year ago, the Mississauga, Ontario, native helped guide the Wichita Thunder (CHL) to the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Finals with 20 goals and 36 assists for 56 points in 46 regular-season contests and 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 15 playoff games before falling to Allen in Game 7.

Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Painchaud saw 40 games in the American Hockey League with Chicago, Iowa and Manitoba picking up nine points (four goals, five assists).

“I’ve heard nothing but great things about South Carolina,” said Painchaud. “The surrounding area is great, the fans are good and the rink is nice.”

Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery is going to lean on Painchaud for scoring and leadership this season.

“One of our main focuses this summer was to add some speed and scoring to our forward group and that’s exactly what Chad brings,” Carbery said. “He has a proven track record of producing offensively at our level and brings a wealth of experience to our team. He helped lead Wichita to Game 7 of the CHL finals last year and we are expecting him to have the same type of impact in Charleston this season.”