NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The ECHL announced Tuesday the League’s Board of Governors has approved the Transfer of Controlling Interest in the South Carolina Stingrays from South Carolina Stingrays, Inc., an entity controlled by the Zucker family, to Deke Hockey Holdings, LLC, an entity controlled by Todd Halloran.
The Zucker Family will retain a minority interest in the franchise and financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Stingrays also announced in a media release they will continue to be affiliated with the Hershey Bears (AHL) and Washington Capitals (NHL).
“The ECHL would like to welcome Todd Halloran, as a new owner of the South Carolina Stingrays,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “His love of the game and extensive business and financial background, make him an ideal addition to the League.
“On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would also like to thank the Zucker family for their significant contribution to the League and to both professional and youth hockey in South Carolina, for more than two decades,” McKenna said.
“The South Carolina Stingrays represent more than a hockey team,” Halloran said. “The franchise is a unique, long-standing community asset that offers affordable, family entertainment for Lowcountry residents and visitors, and helps contribute to the economic vitality of the Charleston region. I am very excited to be part of the team’s future.”
“Our first 25 years with the Stingrays has been an incredible experience,” said Anita Zucker. “Highlighted by three Kelly Cups and the growth of hockey across the region, we’re sincerely thankful to the fans, players, coaches, staff and partners who have made this time so special and successful.”
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey also expressed his enthusiasm for the team’s future.
“The South Carolina Stingrays have become a North Charleston institution, dazzling the Lowcountry and awing crowds at the North Charleston Coliseum with phenomenal displays of athleticism and sportsmanship,” Summey said. “As the Stingrays’ ownership enters a new chapter, North Charleston stands steadfast in its partnership with the organization, players, and fans.”
The Stingrays continue their South Division Semifinal series with the Orlando Solar Bears Thursday night at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.