Original Stingrays logo, used —; revived for throwback third jerseys in — Dionne was accused of assault in February by Lynn Bernstein, an ally of Scanlon, over a dispute regarding the removal of advertising signs at the North Charleston Coliseum , but was later acquitted.
Dionne remained the franchise's president and CEO. Later that year, Dionne left the Stingrays organization. Vaive succeeded Dionne as director of hockey operations while retaining his head coaching position, thus giving him more control over personnel decisions.
Center Sylvain Fleury finished tenth among league skaters for total points with 95 points in 68 games played and scored a league season-high five goals in an 11—6 victory over the Greensboro Monarchs on December The Stingrays drew the highest attendance in the league, averaging 8, fans per game.
Defenseman Scott Boston finished sixth among top-scoring defensemen in the league with 58 total points in 67 games.
The Stingrays fell to second place in league attendance with an average 7, fans per game. Forwards Ed Courtenay and Mike Ross tied for the highest total points in the league, each with points in combined goals and assists.
Forward Dave Seitz finished seventh with 97 total points. Following their Kelly Cup victory, ECHL management accused the franchise of circumventing the league's salary cap by colluding with the city of North Charleston to funnel money through a city-run youth hockey program to provide payouts to players.
The Internal Revenue Service determined that no state or federal tax laws were broken, but the incident sparked a re-evaluation by the ECHL of the teams' salary caps. Defenseman Chris Hynnes finished the regular season first in goals 19 and fourth in total points 58 among league defensemen.
Goaltender Cory Cadden finished seventh in the league with a 2. The Pride advanced after coming back from a three-goal deficit to win the fifth game of a best of five series in overtime. Vaive reported after the fact that replays indicated that the game-tying goal was invalid but the referee missed the call, resulting in the overtime period and the Stingrays' eventual defeat.
His assistant coach, Rick Adduono , was tapped to take over as Vaive's replacement as head coach and general manager. Forward Dave Seitz led the league in game-winning goals with 11, while goaltender Jody Lehman finished seventh among league netminders with a 2.
The final game was decided in overtime and ran to minutes and 37 seconds, making it the fifth-longest overtime playoff game in league history as of the —11 season. Brad Dexter again finished third in total points among league defensemen with He placed first among defensemen and fifth among all skaters for assists with The Stingrays finished the —01 season first in both the Southeast Division and the Southern Conference.
Ryan Brindley finished third among league defensemen with an average 10 points per game.
The team accrued a season-record penalty minutes in one game against the Greensboro Monarchs on October 13, They faced and defeated the Trenton Titans then captained by future Stingrays head coach Cail MacLean in five games to win their second Kelly Cup championship. For the —05 season, the team agreed to an affiliation with the Washington Capitals.
Despite a strong second-place finish in the Southeast Division in , they fell three games to one to the Pee Dee Pride in the first round of the playoffs. They were defeated three games to one in the first round of the playoffs, again to the Everblades.
They finished fourth in the regular season and defeated the Charlotte Checkers in the Kelly Cup playoffs' first round, only to fall in a second round sweep—three games to none—by the Gwinnett Gladiators.
Jared Bednar era —09 [ edit ] After failing to qualify for the ECHL playoffs for the only time in franchise history during the —07 season,  Fitzsimmons resigned, and was assigned by the Washington Capitals as a scout. In the —08 season, the Stingrays advanced to the American Conference finals, losing 4—1 to the Cincinnati Cyclones in a suspense-filled series wherein three games including the final were decided in overtime.
Louis Blues ' farm club in Peoria for — Six players from the team played in the Calder Cup Championship — five for the victorious Hershey Bears , and one for the runner-up Texas Stars. Cail MacLean era —11 [ edit ] This success, however, was short-lived. Despite a strong regular season showing that left the Stingrays tied with the South Division and American Conference leader Charlotte Checkers and North Division leader Kalamazoo Wings , the team ended up fourth seed in the Kelly Cup playoffs , falling three games to two in the first round to the eventual champions, the Cincinnati Cyclones.
For a team that was the first in the ECHL to reach 30 wins that season in a 5—3 victory over the Reading Royals in front of a record sellout crowd of 10, ,  the first round defeat was disappointing to players and fans alike.
Former Stingray Rob Concannon was picked to succeed Darren Abbott as team president at the end of the —10 season. In February , former Stingrays goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck —who played for the team from to and was part of the Kelly Cup championship team in —was in a near-fatal car accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury that left him in a coma for six days.
The team sold T-shirts bearing Daubenspeck's name and number 29 at the season's remaining home games. Daubenspeck and his family were in attendance, and Daubenspeck dropped the game's ceremonial first puck.
Bittner , previously an assistant coach for Ohio State University 's ice hockey team as well as a former professional player, joined the team in September Kiser had not been offered a contract for the season and subsequently announced his retirement from professional hockey.
In the first round of the playoffs , the Stingrays defeated the Reading Royals in seven games. After dispatching the Florida Everblades in six games in the second round, the Stingrays faced the regular season champion Toledo Walleye in the Eastern Conference Finals. South Carolina won the first three games, but Toledo won the next three games to force a seventh game.
Toledo was on the verge of becoming the sixth team in the history of North American sports to come back from an 0—3 deficit to win a playoff series, but South Carolina won the seventh game in the third overtime period to advance to the Kelly Cup Finals.
In the championship series, the Stingrays faced the Allen Americans. Both teams split the first four games of the series, but the Americans won the fifth game to have a chance to clinch the Kelly Cup in South Carolina.
In response, the Stingrays won the sixth game on home ice to force a seventh game back in Allen. However, they lost the seventh game of the series to the Americans, who subsequently won their first championship title since coming from the Central Hockey League before the —15 season.
In the —16 season , the Stingrays would once again finish first in their division and qualify for the Kelly Cup playoffs. The team made it to the conference finals before losing to the Wheeling Nailers 4-games-to After the season ended, head coach Spencer Carbery would leave to take the head coaching position with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.
The —17 season was also successful for the team. After the Stingrays made the playoffs with two games left in the season, they defeated the lower-seeded Greenville Swamp Rabbits in six games, before winning their second round series against the Florida Everblades in five games.
They came back against the Manchester Monarchs in the Eastern Conference finals, winning in seven games after losing the first two games at home. Ultimately, the Stingrays were swept by the Colorado Eagles in four straight games in the Kelly Cup finals.