The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 22 seasons of hockey in the Lowcountry and proud member of the ECHL, signed forward Patrick Gaul, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today.
“I am very thankful to have Patrick back for another season with the organization,” said Carbery. “He’s an exact example of what we expect from our players on and off the ice. He displays a work ethic and passion on a daily basis that is second to none in this league.”
Gaul, 24, was the first player announcement prior to last season and finished fourth on the team with 31 points, tied for third in assists (19) and first with 67 games played in a Stingrays uniform. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native joined the Stingrays midway through the 2012-13 season after beginning his professional career with the Mississippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). In 33 contests with the Stingrays, Gaul added 10 points (six goals, four assists) and recorded 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 31 games in Mississippi.
“I’m really excited to be coming back,” Gaul mentioned. “There is nothing not to love about Charleston and getting another chance to represent the Stingrays organization is exciting. I love the fans down there and have fun playing the game I love.” Click here to listen to the full interview.
Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound forward attended Notre Dame for four seasons picking up 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 80 games and helped the Fighting Irish capture a CCHA Championship in 2008-09.