Stingrays Bring Ice Hockey to SC

Cadence Rotter, Contributor

The South Carolina Stingrays is a professional minor league ice hockey team that was established in 1993. They were the first professional ice hockey team established in the state of South Carolina. They play in the southern division of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) eastern conference.

The Stingrays are based in North Charleston, S.C. They normally play in the North Charleston Coliseum, and they use the Carolina Ice Palace as a practice facility and a backup arena.

The organization’s mascot is “Cool Ray”; it resembles the previous Stingray’s logo used from 2000-2008. He/she provides entertainment and comic relief on ice and in the stands during games and serves as the stingray’s kids club mascot. Cool Ray also serves as the organization’s ambassador to the local community and he/she often appears at local schools, athletic competitions, and charity events. 

In their first season, the Stingrays boosted an average of 9,151 fans per game and in their 2012- 2013 season, they had an average of 3,528 fans per game, which is one of the largest crowds in minor league hockey history. They finished with the best record in the ECHL one time and have qualified for the playoffs for every season except one. They also won the Kelly Cup Championships in 1997, 2001, and 2009. The Stingrays are also currently tied with the Hampton Roads Admirals and the Alaska Aces for the record of the most league championships.

The Stingrays have became a great hockey team over time, and they will continue to get better. With the love of hockey that South Carolinians have, the Stingrays will be around for years to come.