Longtime Milwaukee Admirals defenseman Scott Ford has signed a contract with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL late this afternoon. The veteran was not re-signed by the Admirals following last season and had been a free agent through the start of the 2014-15 hockey season.
Press Release via South Carolina Stingrays:
North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 22 seasons of hockey in the Lowcountry, agreed to terms with defenseman Scott Ford, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Spencer Carbery announced today. In a separate transaction, forward Andrew Ammon is recalled to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Ford, 34, joins the Stingrays with 510 games of AHL experience, 63 points (18 goals, 45 assist) and a career AHL plus-minus rating of +31 over a 10 year professional career with the Milwaukee Admirals, Peoria Rivermen, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Bruins and Cleveland Barons. The last three seasons, the Fort Saint John, British Columbia, native served as team captain with the Admirals and Rivermen.
In the ECHL, Ford enters a new season with 132 career games and 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists) skating with the Utah Grizzlies, Trenton Titans, Dayton Bombers and Fresno Falcons.
The man affectionately known as The Sheriff played 366 career games as a member of the Admirals. No one else in the AHL history of the team has played more games than him. The next closest, Mark Van Guilder, has played in 307 career games.
Thoughts on seeing Scott Ford continue his career with an ECHL team? What are some of your favorite Ford moments as an Admiral?