NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL subsidiary of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears of the AHL, announced that Jared Shafran, Director of Communications and Broadcasting, has an opportunity at the AHL’s Ontario Reign as Manager, Communications and Content has adopted after serving as the “Voice of the Rays” for the past five seasons.
Since 2016, Shafran has broadcast more than 350 games while overseeing the team’s communications and media work. At the end of 2019-20 he was named PR / Broadcaster of the Year by ECHL.
“We are very excited about Jared and his new role in Ontario,” said Rob Concannon, President of Stingrays. “Jared has done an amazing job over the past five years helping our team in a variety of areas. Our staff, players and fans will miss Jared and his passion for Stingray’s hockey. We wish Jared and his wife Kelly continued success in California. “
Shafran also represented the Stingrays at various events such as the team’s coaching show, moderated the team’s official podcast and, after special promotional evenings, acted as a moderator at ice-cream tricot auctions. He called two deep playoff runs in 2017 and 2021 when South Carolina moved into the Kelly Cup final.
“I would like to thank Rob Concannon, Todd Halloran and the Zucker family and the entire Stingrays organization for their support over the past five seasons,” said Shafran. “Being part of this team was a great experience and I loved working with all the players, coaches, front office staff and everyone at ECHL.”
Before moving to the Lowcountry, Shafran previously served as an Athletics Communications Associate at Ferris State University, where he called the games for the school’s Division I hockey team. During the 2015-16 season, Shafran stood behind the microphone for Ferris State’s WCHA conference championship win and the team’s run at the 2016 NCAA tournament.
Shafran’s ice hockey broadcasting career began from 2012 to 2015 as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL). During his time in Tri-City, the New York native Highland Mills received numerous opportunities to participate in league events, including two years as a senior interviewer at the NHL Draft, twice as host of the USHL Draft Show and as a rinkside reporter for the USHL / NHL Top Perspectives Game 2015.
The search for Shafran’s successor is already underway and the Stingrays will try to bring another experienced voice into the team.
The Stingrays open the 2021-22 season on October 23 at the North Charleston Coliseum at 6:05 p.m. against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits
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