South Carolina Stingrays looking for new NHL affiliate after split with Washington Capitals; will explore “all options”

Staff report The South Carolina Stingrays began looking for a new National Hockey League affiliate Monday after the Washington Capitals ended an eight-year relationship, dropping the ECHL team for a tie closer to home. Capitals officials phoned the Stingrays last week to say they had signed a deal with the ECHL’s Reading Royals.

Reading, Pa., is a better fit for Washington, which has an American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, Pa.

“It’s been a great eight years with the Capitals,” Stingrays President Rob Concannon said. “(Stingrays head coach) Spencer Carbery and I will definitely explore all options, and we’ve already been in contact with a couple of NHL teams.”