Vitek Vanecek​ assigned to ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays

Photo: Tori Hartman

The Hershey Bears assigned goaltender Vitek Vanecek to the South Carolina Stingrays to continue injury rehabilitation. He will return to Hershey when he’s ready to go. 

Vanecek spent the entire season with South Carolina two years ago and posted a 2.03 goals against average and a .917 goals against average while going 18-7-6 in the regular season.

Last season with the Bears, Vanecek posted an 18-10-2 record while his 2.54 GAA was third in the American Hockey League for rookie netminders. His five shutouts were the second-best in the AHL.


Photo: Julie Beidler

Vanecek will be in the Stingrays lineup tonight when they visit the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

In one preseason game with the Washington Capitals, he gave up 3 goals and had a .824 save percentage and a 6.00 goals against average. He played in the second half of the preseason opener at the New Jersey Devils on September 18.

Pheonix Copley is the starting netminder for the Hershey Bears, who the Capitals acquired as part of the Kevin Shattenkirk trade last February. The Capitals resigned him June 30 before he was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

By Harrison Brown


Photo: Tori Hartman

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was seeing T.J. Oshie's hat-trick​ during Game 1 of the Caps' second round playoff series against Pittsburgh in 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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