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Stingrays' Captain joins the Dundee Stars
Published: 19/06/2014 at 14:30

Dundee Stars' Head Coach, Jeff Hutchins, is delighted to announce the addition of American defenseman Kevin Quick from the South Carolina Stingrays.

Quick, who is from Buffalo, New York, developed his game with the USHS (United States High School) side Salisbury School where he won the Flood-Marr trophy in 2004/05. In 2005/06 he won a Gold Medal with Team USA's U-17 team in Slovakia and in 2006/07 he completed 3 seasons with Salisbury with a total of 46 points from 90 games.

In 2007/08 Quick played in 21 games at the University of Michigan in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) before signing an amateur try-out contract with Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL (American Hockey League) affiliate Norfolk Admirals where he scored 4 assists in 18 games.

Quick was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2008 and played for the NHL side in 2009 after spending much of the 2008/09 season with the Admirals. His first full season of pro hockey began with ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) side Augusta Lynx but he was promoted back to the Admirals after 18 games and made his NHL debut with the Lightning in January 2009. In 6 games with Tampa Bay he finished with an even plus/minus. He was also even in 49 games with the Admirals, scoring 1 goal and 8 assists. Quick finished the season with Elmira Jackals in the ECHL playoffs.

The 26 year old, who is 6' tall, spent the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons with the Admirals and moved to Florida Everblades after 14 games of the 2011/12 season where he picked up 10 assists from 34 regular season games and a goal and 3 assists in the ECHL Playoffs as the Everblades won the Kelly Cup.

In 2012, Quick signed as a free agent with South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL where he established a career-high 17 points in 64 games, and was briefly loaned for a 3 game stint in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs.

Last season Quick returned as Captain for the Stingrays but a broken leg kept him out of the side from November to February. He picked up 4 assists in 10 regular season and 4 playoff games.

Coach Hutchins said today, "Kevin is a very good player that has played at the highest levels. His skating ability is the strongest aspect of his game. From my research he has been described as a leader and has been a captain on several of his previous teams.

"I am looking for him to be a solid defenseman and a leader for us. Happy to have him with us."

Kevin added, "Jeff and I are on the same page on expectations this year from myself. Seems like the perfect starting point for my career in Europe. With the track record of guys who have played here with success and then moving on to other leagues. That is exactly what I want and I know Jeff can help me with that.

"I'm looking to start my first year in Europe on the right foot. This will be my 7th year pro but 1st in Europe and I want it to be my best production year. Speaking with Jeff I think this is the perfect fit for that.

"I am an offensive puck moving defenseman. I think of myself as a very good defenseman who can skate well and move the puck well. I like jumping in on offense and playing in the oppositions end. I have also been known to be very reliable defensively, shutting down other teams' top lines every night."

Stingrays' Captain joins the Dundee Stars
  
 
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