North Charleston, S.C. - The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 20 seasons of hockey in the Lowcountry and proud ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Mike Hamilton. In keeping with club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Hamilton, 29, dressed in 25 games with the Stingrays last season earning seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points after competing in 33 contests with the Fife Flyers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) scoring 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists). In 2010-11, the Victoria, British Columbia, native skated in 32 games with Sterzing/Vipiteno in Italy grabbing 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists) and helping them to a league championship. A sixth-round selection (175th overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Hamilton saw ECHL action with the Gwinnett Gladiators, Las Vegas Wranglers and Victoria Salmon Kings from 2007-2010 totaling 91 points (35g, 56a) in 159 games. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound forward also spent time in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Chicago Wolves and Houston Aeros (4 goals, 6 assists in 47 games).
"Mike is going to be a big part of the Stingrays this season," said Head Coach Spencer Carbery. "He can not only produce offensively on the ice, but bring leadership to the locker room. He is a big addition for us this summer." Click here to watch the full interview.
Prior to turning pro, Hamilton attended the University of Maine for four seasons recording 20 goals and 45 assists for 65 points in 137 games.