Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stingrays Release Former Viper Elser:

The East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) South Carolina Stingrays have released former Vernon Vipers forward Brian Elser.  The Stingrays signed Elser on February, 6th 2013 before releasing him on February, 27th 2013.  No official press release from the Stingrays but it's posted on the Transactions page on the ECHL website.  In seven games with South Carolina Elser collected (1-1-2).  Elser is now eligible for waivers/waiver claims by any ECHL team or can return to the Southern Professional League's (SPHL) Fayetteville FireAntz.

Elser started the season with the Southern Professional League's (SPHL) Fayetteville FireAntz playing in 22 games collecting (9-8-17) before being called up to the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Gwinnett Gladiators. The Gladiators signed Elser on January, 15th 2013 to a one game contract before returning Elser to the SPHL Fayetteville FireAntz after playing just one game. 

The Vipers scouted Elser who was 18 at the time, at the U.S. Midget championships in Buffalo. Elser attended the 2008-2009 Vipers training camp making the Vipers opening day roster before being traded on September, 12th 2008 to the AJHL Drayton Valley Thunder for future considerations (cash) and a player to be named next year. In two games with the Vipers Elser collected one assist. Rumor was Elser didnt report to the Thunder and his rights were given back to Vernon. On August, 7th 2009 the Vipers traded Elser and future considerations to Victoria for Jonathan Milhouse.

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