Stingrays Agree To Terms With Forward Mads Eller

Published: Sep. 15, 2016 at 9:02 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - The South Carolina Stingrays, proud affiliate of the Washington Capitals, have agreed to terms with forward Mads Eller, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky announced today.

"It's great to add Mads Eller," said Warsofsky. "He spent some time in our league last year and will be one of our faster skaters. We've been doing our research and homework on Mads, and he comes highly recommended and has some good tools. He likes to push the pace. We'll look to work with him to continue his development and get him added to the mix."

Eller, 21, is the younger brother of Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller. He split time last season with the ECHL's Adirondack Thunder and the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The native of Rodovre, Denmark opened the season with Adirondack, skating in 28 games for the Thunder with six points (three goals, three assists). After an injury sidelined him, he returned to junior hockey with the Spitfires and scored six points (two goals, four assists) in 22 games.

"I'm very excited," said Eller. "With my brother now in Washington, I've been skating with him this summer looking for the right opportunity. My agent spoke with the organization and the opportunity with South Carolina came up. I was thrilled. I've heard many great things about the organization and the city. It's one of, if not the best, place to play in the ECHL, so I'm very excited."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward spent two seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 2013-15. He scored 50 points (16 goals, 34 assists) in 112 games with Edmonton. In 2013-14, he helped lead Edmonton to a WHL and Memorial Cup Championship, scoring 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 21 playoff games. Eller also has vast experience representing Denmark in international competition, including at the World Junior Championships where he was coached by his father, Olaf, a long-time coach and former professional player in Denmark.