Stingrays Add Two NCAA Graduates

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Posted August 30, 2016

With the preseason looming next month, South Carolina Stingrays head coach Ryan Warsofsky continues to add players to his roster. Today, the club announced the signings of two NCAA graduates, Nick Bligh and Travis Jeke.

Bligh, 23 out of Milton, MA, completed a four-year career at Dartmouth. His senior season total of 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) accounted for 43% of his collegiate offense (19-23–42). He played in 22 games in his final season due to an injury.

“We did our homework on him and know he was a late bloomer in college after a great junior career,” Warsofsky said. “He is really good around the net. Talking to his past coaches, he has an offensive knack.”

Once the phone call from Warsofsky came, Bligh saw ” things progress [sic.] well and I knew I wanted to be part of the organization.”

Bligh was a teammate of 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey with the South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL).

Jeke, 23 out of Pittsburgh, PA, converted from defense to forward for his senior season at Boston College. In 37 games with the 2015-16 Eagles, Jeke put up two goals and one assist.

His scoring promise comes from two seasons at Northwood Prep School, with 70 points in 70 games. He spent one season at forward and one at defense.

“I pride myself on working hard and getting in on the forecheck and pressuring the defense, and I’m excited to do that with the Stingrays,” said Jeke.

Ten forwards and six defenders now make up Warsofsky’s roster. Another forward will be announced at 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.