The Washington Capitals on Thursday announced an affiliation agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL for the 2014-15 season.
The Stingrays won the South Division regular-season title and finished third in the Eastern Conference this past season, their second as an affiliate of the Boston Bruins. South Carolina, which will enter its 22nd season in the ECHL this fall, was affiliated with the Capitals from 2004-12 and won the Kelly Cup in 2009, the same year the Hershey Bears, Washington's American Hockey League affiliate, won the Calder Cup.
The Reading Royals served as Washington's ECHL affiliate for the past two seasons.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic