The South Carolina Stingrays and Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today that the team has signed forward Kyle Thomas and defenseman Derrick Pallis. In keeping with club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Thomas, 23, completed a four-year collegiate career at Norwich University last season totaling 120 points (66 goals, 54 assists) in 109 games and served as an alternate captain his senior year. During his freshman season (2009-10), the Waltham, Massachusetts, native was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year, to the ECAC All-Rookie Team and helped the Cadets capture the NCAA Division III Championship. The following year, he was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the ECAC Tournament. Thomas also attended the Minnesota Wild (NHL) Development Camp in the summer of 2011 and 2012.
"I've heard great things about the organization," said Thomas. "I've talked to Coach Carbery a couple times and his expectations for me are to do what I've done my entire career: be a power forward, try and make plays and put the puck in the net." Click here to listen to the complete interview.
Thomas' father, William, was selected in the first round (26th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and over a three-year career, dressed for Dallas, Houston and Kansas City.
In his rookie campaign last season, Pallis, 23, split time between the Trenton Titans of the ECHL and Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League (CHL). In Trenton, the Medfield, Massachusetts, product tallied three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 38 contests and eight points (two goals, six assists) in 25 games and one assist in four playoff games with the Brahmas. Prior to turning pro, Pallis attended Princeton University for four seasons acquiring 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) in 127 games and named an alternate captain his senior year.
"I'm excited for a fresh start to a new hockey season," Pallis mentioned. "I faced some adversity last year with the NHL lockout, so I'm excited for a cleaner season." Click here to listen to the complete interview.
The Stingrays kick off their 21st season of hockey in the Lowcountry on Saturday, October 19 against the defending Kelly Cup Champion Reading Royals at 7:35 p.m. in Reading, Pennsylvania and celebrate Opening Night, Stingrays Alumni Game, Zooperstars! and 2013-14 schedule giveaway at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, October 26 against their in-state rivals, the Greenville Road Warriors, at 7:05 p.m.
Hall of Fame players such as Jason Fitzsimmons, Dave Seitz, Brett Marietti, Nate Kiser, Rob Concannon and Matt Scherer along with fan-favorites Pierre-Luc O'Brien, Johann Kroll, Trevor Johnson and more return to the Coliseum ice for a pregame Alumni Game before the Stingrays battle the Greenville Road Warriors later that night. The world-famous Zooperstars! will perform during the intermissions and the first 5,000 fans receive a 2013-14 magnet schedule! Click here to see the Zooperstars! in action!