November 23, 2022 — ECHL (ECHL) — South Carolina Stingrays news release

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliates of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears of the AHL, today announced that defenseman Michael Kim has been called off by Hershey and forward Kevin O’Neil has signed a pro tryout contract signed with the Bears.

Kim, 27, signed an AHL contract with the Hershey Bears on Sept. 8 and was assigned to South Carolina before the Oct. 9 season kick-off. Kim’s rights were traded to the Stingrays by the Maine Mariners in exchange for Nick Isaacson. So far this season, Kim has eight points, two goals and six assists in 12 games.

Over the past four seasons, the Toronto, ON native has 60 points with eight goals and 52 assists while appearing in 135 ECHL career games with the Wheeling Nailers, Jacksonville Icemen and Maine Mariners alongside the Stingrays. Kim has also played 49 games in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Springfield Thunderbirds, where the defenseman assisted on 10 goals.

O’Neil, 24, is in his rookie season in professional hockey after re-signing with the Stingrays last summer. This season, O’Neil has 15 points, eight goals and seven assists. Last season, O’Neil retired from college and appeared in the last 10 games of the ECHL season with the Stingrays, recording 10 points with six goals and four assists.

Before turning pro, O’Neil played four seasons of college hockey at Yale University before completing his senior season at the University of Connecticut. In 130 college career games, the Latham, NY native recorded 60 points with 23 goals and 37 assists.

The Stingrays return to action when they head out for two games against the Atlanta Gladiators next weekend at Gas South Arena, beginning Friday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m

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