Stingrays sign four players

With the NHL players still locked out, the push to sign players continues for the South Carolina Stingrays.

The Stingrays signed three defensemen — Ryan Turek, Ryan Lowery and Art Bidlevskii — and forward Marcello Ranallo for the 2012-13 ECHL season.

Turek, 25, played in 42 games with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies last season, scoring seven goals and adding 17 assists. His rights were acquired by the Stingrays from the Grizzlies this summer. In addition to Utah, Turek played with the Alaska Aces and Victoria Salmon Kings over four seasons, totaling 73 points (24 goals, 49 assists) in 190 games. Turek, a fourth-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2006, was a 2011 ECHL All-Star selection.

Lowery, 24, split last season between the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder and the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Lowery, who played at Colorado College, had a goal and six assists in both Stockton and Oklahoma City.

“Ryan Turek will be a key for our power play,” said Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery. “He’s a guy that can rush the puck and quarterback a power play. Ryan Lowery is a solid, two-way defenseman.”

Ranallo, 25, attended the University of Connecticut the last four seasons, totaling 66 points (19 goals, 47 assists) in 148 games.

Bidlevskii, 21, moves into his first full professional season after wrapping up a five-year junior career in the Western Hockey League with the Regina Pats and Prince George Cougars. He had 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in 126 games over the last two seasons. In 2010-11, Bidlevskii appeared in 10 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL), registering one assist.

“I think Marcello is an underappreciated offensive player because of the numbers he put up in college,” Carbery said. “Art is a hardnosed, stay-at-home defenseman. He’s physical and hard to play against.”