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Capitals Renew ECHL Affiliation with South Carolina Stingrays

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

Washington, D.C. – June 21, 2006 – The Washington Capitals have renewed their affiliation agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL for the 2006-07 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.


 
“Our relationship with the Stingrays has been outstanding and mutually beneficial,” McPhee said. “We are happy to have extended the agreement and look forward to continue working with the Stingrays in the future.”
 
South Carolina finished 32-25-15 last season and reached the South Division Semifinals of the ECHL’s Kelly Cup playoffs in the second year of its affiliation with Washington. Three players who have played for the Stingrays suited up for the Capitals in 2005-06 – Maxime Daigneault, Jonas Johansson and Joey Tenute.
 
Washington has a bright future ahead and Hershey had a tremendous year winning the Calder Cup in the AHL,” commented Head Coach Jason Fitzsimmons. “The Stingrays are proud to be a part of this relationship.  We hope to continue to develop players for Hershey and Washington, while bringing a Championship back to the Low Country.”
 
“Our communication with Hershey and Washington is unparalleled at our level,” added Fitzsimmons. “We hope to see this affiliation last for years to come.”
 
The Stingrays are Washington’s second minor-league affiliate; the Capitals American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears, won the AHL’s Calder Cup in 2005-06.

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