Veteran Andrew Cherniwchan Returns To Stingrays

Posted October 13, 2016

Andrew Cherniwchan first played for the South Carolina Stingrays at the end of his senior season at Northern Michigan University. This season, Cherniwchan returns to the Lowcountry for his fifth season in a Stingrays’ sweater.

“We’re very excited to add Andrew Cherniwchan to our forward group,” said Stingrays head coach Ryan Warsofsky. “We are familiar with him and the time he has spent here. He’s a guy that we will look to in every situation. High character and high hockey IQ are two things that we look to in bringing players in and he is on the top of that list.”

In his four previous tours through the ECHL, Cherniwchan played 73 total games, splitting time with AHL affiliates in Providence and Springfield. 2012-13 was his one exclusive year in the ECHL, finishing with 50 games played, 11 goals, 14 assists, and 103 penalty minutes. He only scored one fighting major that year.

“I’m really excited to be back with the Stingrays,” said Cherniwchan. I know a bunch of guys on the team and it will be great to be back with the group.”

“I’m also excited to play under coach Warsofsky,” he continued. Warsofsky served as an assistant in each of his seasons with the team. “This will be a good chance for him to use what he’s learned the last few years. The Stingrays have a great atmosphere with some really passionate fans and everyone always has a positive attitude coming to the rink each day.”

Cherniwchan stands at 5-foot-11 and hails from Hinton, Alberta, the home of the Wild Mountain Music Fest every summer. He tallied 84 points (35 goals, 49 assists) in 146 games with North Michigan, getting an NCAA Tournament apperance in 2009-10.

His total scoring with the Rays over four seasons stands at 26 goals and 29 assists.