Stingrays Bring Back Defenseman Tariq Hammond

On Wednesday September 9th, the South Carolina Stingrays announced the re-signing of Canadian defensemen Tariq Hammond. The two sides agreed to terms on a standard player contract for the upcoming season. The defenseman joins the Stingrays hockey club for his third pro season and his second with the team. He does so after netting three goals along with 11 assists for 14 points.

Hammond put up these numbers having played in a total of 56 games. The lefty also finished the season with a Plus/Minus rating of +29. That tied him for sixth in the ECHL in 2019-20. To go along with these statistics, Hammond, 26-years-old, also racked up a total of 33 penalty minutes.

In addition to his stats with the Stingrays, Hammond finished 2018-19 playing only two games with the Adirondack Thunder. Prior to that with Binghamton, Hammond recorded one goal along with two assists for a total of three points. He did so in 48 games. In 2017-18, Hammond skated in five AHL games.

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Prior to turning pro, Hammond played four seasons with the Denver Pioneers in the NCAA. During his time in college, Hammond captured a national championship in 2017 while also serving as captain. That he did in 2017-18. In total, the blue-liner played 125 games in four years with the Pioneers.

While at the University of Denver, Hammond managed to rack up six goals and 20 assists for 26 points. To go along with his statistics, Hammond added 87 penalty minutes and a Plus/Minus rating of +28. The 6’2 native of Calgary looks to continue to be a presence on the blue line. The team hopes he can continue to be a positive Plus/Minus rating player while adding more points.

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