Only days before the South Carolina Stingrays start their 26th season, the team announced who with wear the letters this year.

Defenseman Joey Leach has been named team captain, while forwards Patrick Gaul and Andrew Cherniwchan will serve as alternate captains. It is the first time that both Leach and Cherniwchan have been announced as leaders but both have worn a letter at various times in the past two years, while Gaul will don an “A” for the fifth straight campaign.

“We think Joey Leach has been a cornerstone of the success here over the last couple of years,” said Spiros Anastas, Stingrays Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations. “He’s a guy that can play a ton of minutes, leads by example and is very vocal, always putting his teammates first. We’re very excited to have him lead the charge in our leadership group.”

“It’s a huge honor to be the captain of a great organization like the Stingrays,” Leach said. “I’ve already seen two great captains here in Andrew Rowe and Joe Devin and I’ve learned a lot from those guys and the leadership group that’s been here. The Stingrays are a team that likes to celebrate their achievements and the people that have come through here. I feel honored to have been chosen to lead this group.”

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