Nelson's Alex MacLeod inks professional deal with ECHL's Stingrays
Can anyone picture Nelson’s Alex MacLeod playing for the newest rival of the Vancouver Canucks, the Boston Bruins someday?
The Nelson Minor Hockey product is begining his climb to the big leagues after recently signing a contract with the Bruins’ affilate South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League.
MacLeod, 24, enters his first professional season after attending Michigan Tech the past four years totaling 23 goals and 19 assists for 42 points in 144 games.
During the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, the Nelson native was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team.
Before college, MacLeod skated five seasons of junior hockey with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and Penticton Vees of the BCHL and won an AJHL title with the Camrose Kodiaks.
The Stingrays also agreed to terms with forward Tyler Johnson.
South Carolina, coached by Spencer Carbery, plays in the South Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.
There are 20 teams in the ECHL stretching from Alaska Aces in the north to Florida in the south and California. The league is generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League.
The Stingrays open the 20th season Saturday, October 13 at home against the Gwinnett Gladiators.