When South Carolina Stingrays coach Spencer Carbery looks to sign a veteran, he wants him to be hungry to win a championship and to improve as a player.
Carbery believes he got both attributes in forward Kyle Kraemer. The Stingrays signed Kraemer for the upcoming 2015-16 ECHL season.
Kraemer, a veteran of five ECHL seasons, will add a powerful scoring punch to the Stingrays lineup, Carbery said.
Kraemer, 30, picked up 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 37 games with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles after overcoming an injury to start the campaign. Over a five-year professional career with the Eagles and the ECHL’s Ontario Reign, the St. Louis, Missouri, native totaled 245 points (110 goals, 135 assists) in 278 career games and was named to the All-ECHL Second Team following the 2012-13 season.
“You have to be careful when you sign a veteran guy,” Carbery said. “You don’t want to bring a guy who’s not just playing out the end of his career. You want him to be fully invested in winning a championship. When you talk to Kyle you now he’s hungry to win a championship. I think because Colorado got beat in the first round last season Kyle is working very hard this offseason to improve his skill set.”
Kraemer’s best season during the 2012-13 campaign when he scored 30 goals and recorded 41 assists in 71 games for Ontario. Prior to turning pro, Kraemer attended Northeastern University for four seasons grabbing 65 points (29 goals, 36 assists) in 119 games.
“He’s an offensive threat every time he has the puck in the offensive zone,” Carbery said. “He has an incredible shot that can beat any goalie from a lot of different areas in the offensive zone. He can just really shoot the puck. Kyle is a huge free agent addition to our forward group for the upcoming season. He is a proven goal scorer in our league throughout his career.”
The Stingrays advanced to the Kelly Cup finals this past season, losing the Allen Americans in seven games.
“I’m really excited,” Kraemer said. “I’ve heard some great things about South Carolina. We played there a couple years ago with Ontario for the weekend and I absolutely love the place. The city is gorgeous. I’m excited to start out East this year. I’m getting older and in the past few years, the team [Stingrays] has been very strong there. South Carolina has been a team that is up there every year. You want to go to a winning organization and it was a ‘no brainer’ when I spoke to coach Carbery about coming there.’”