South Carolina Stingrays Top-25 Countdown: No. 23 Andrew Rowe
Twenty-five years ago, the South Carolina Stingrays took the ice at the North Charleston Coliseum to become the first professional hockey team in the state’s history. In honor of the club’s 25th season, The Post and Courier counts down the Top-25 players in South Carolina Stingrays history.
Hometown: Muskegon, Mich.
Statistics: 99 games. 39 goals. 72 assists. 111 points.
The Skinny: In all, Rowe played little more than a season with the Stingrays, but had a huge impact on the team during his short stint with the club. He was a point-a-game player with high-end speed, tremendous ice vision and soft hands. Rowe, who split him time between the Stingrays and the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers during the 2014-15 season, recorded 56 points on 17 goals and 39 assists in just 44 games. The line of Rowe, Wayne Simpson and Derek DeBlois proved to be lethal for the Stingrays. Rowe quickly earned the respect of his teammates and was named team captain during his first season with the Stingrays.
Best Season: Rowe was at his best during the Kelly Cup Playoffs in 2015. Rowe helped lead the Stingrays to the Kelly Cup finals against Allen, losing in seven games to the Americans. Rowe was second in the playoffs in scoring with 34 points and led the league during the postseason with 15 goals. Rowe, Simpson and DeBlois were the top-three scorers in the playoffs.
Signature Moment: In Game 3 of the Kelly Cup finals against Allen with the series tied 1-1, Rowe scored two third period goals, including the game winner, in a 4-1 victory over the Americans.
What they say about Rowe: “Andrew Rowe had a huge impact on our organization on and off the ice. We were struggling a little bit before Andrew got here in 2014 and he completely changed the culture of our locker room. I don’t think we make the run we did in the playoffs without Andrew,” former Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery.
Where is Rowe now: Rowe is playing professional hockey for Mora IK, a team in the Sweden’s top league.
Stingrays Top-25 Players
25. Marc Tardif, forward 1995-2000
24, Matt Scherer, forward 2007-12
23. Andrew Rowe, forward 2014-16