The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, and Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today that the team received forwards Scott Campbell, Jack Downing, defenseman Steve Spinell and goaltender Adam Morrison from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). In a separate transaction, the team signed defenseman Ryan Grimshaw and forward Wayne Simpson. In keeping with club policy, details of the agreements were not disclosed.
Campbell, 27, split last season between the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL and Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL). In Las Vegas, the Navan, Ontario, native recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 24 contests and added 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 46 games with the Sound Tigers.
Downing, 24, appeared in 34 games with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) last season adding 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points and pitched in four points (one goal, three assists) in 19 contests with their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. In two professional seasons, the New Canaan, Connecticut, product has 47 points (25 goals, 22 assists) in 59 games at the ECHL level (all with Elmira) and 66 games of AHL experience (all with Binghamton) netting 21 tallies (12 goals, nine assists).
Spinell, 23, completed a four-year collegiate career last season at Miami University (Ohio) totaling 36 points (four goals, 32 assists) in 149 contests. The Vernon Hills, Illinois, native helped the RedHawks capture a CCHA regular-season championship (2012-13) and CCHA championship (2010-11), served as team captain his senior year and skated alongside Stingrays forward Marc Hagel.
Morrison, 22, battled in 10 games with the Stingrays early last season going 1-6-2 with a 4.07 goals-against average and .877 save percentage. The White Rock, British Columbia, prospect also dressed in 14 games with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) acquiring a 6-6-2 standing with a 3.46 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. In 2009, Morrison was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round (81st overall) of the NHL Entry Draft.
Grimshaw, 23, competed in two Kelly Cup Playoff contests with the Stingrays last season after being assigned to the team from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The Rochester, New York, native began the 2012-13 campaign with the Trenton Titans (ECHL) picking up three goals and three assists for six points in 23 games before moving up to Toronto, grabbing one assist in 16 games. Earlier this summer, Grimshaw attended training camp with the Rochester Americans (AHL) alongside Stingrays defenseman Tom Janosz.
Simpson, 23, enters his first professional season after completing a four-year career at Union College where he led the Dutchmen last year in points (33) and tied for first in goals (16). In 159 total contests, the Boxboro, Massachusetts, native buried 115 points (56 goals, 59 assists).